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Old December 23rd, 2010, 06:31 AM
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What are the Best / Top five (5) cruise lines ratings as rated by European cruisers ?
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I only rate one - Azamara. I would book another cruise line if the itinerary was especially good and of interest.
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Old December 23rd, 2010, 07:21 AM
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Ratings are very interesting things as all lines seem to claim they are top, and you need to look closer to find out what the category was, Value for Money, Environmental, no. of passengers, no. of ports, friendliest, best luxury brand etc etc.

The usual names that you see are Cunard, HAL, Princess, P&O and Fred.Olsen. Others that appear include Celebrity & NCL

If you were to get a reply from mainland Europe, then you might expect to see the likes of Costa, Crystal and MSC

Ocean Village used to have high ratings, but the ships were sold to P&O Australia this year, so no longer exist.

It's good to have lots of choice

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Ratings are very interesting things as all lines seem to claim they are top, and you need to look closer to find out what the category was, Value for Money, Environmental, no. of passengers, no. of ports, friendliest, best luxury brand etc etc.

The usual names that you see are Cunard, HAL, Princess, P&O and Fred.Olsen. Others that appear include Celebrity & NCL

If you were to get a reply from mainland Europe, then you might expect to see the likes of Costa, Crystal and MSC

Ocean Village used to have high ratings, but the ships were sold to P&O Australia this year, so no longer exist.

It's good to have lots of choice


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Very good points! I have friends who have cruised once and will not do so again - they all cite the same reason - the ships are too large and busy.

Different cruise lines - NCL, Fred Olsen and P&O.

Certainly I would not cruise in the Med - the thought of multiple vessels docking in the same port makes me shudder! That is also the reason I am reluctant to cruise the Caribbean - too busy!

Small is beautiful for me.
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Hi there Annie, keep a watch out for latest ship which will be joining the P&O fleet next year "Adonia" (not to be confused with their recent Adonia). This ship is an ex-Rennaisance ship, small & truly beautiful. She carries only 700 passengers with around 350 crew, and is currently sailing under the Princess flag as ( I think ) Royal Princess.

We were lucky enough to have sailed on her during her Swan Hellenic days, and are looking forward to booking onto her again next year.

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Hi there Annie, keep a watch out for latest ship which will be joining the P&O fleet next year "Adonia" (not to be confused with their recent Adonia). This ship is an ex-Rennaisance ship, small & truly beautiful. She carries only 700 passengers with around 350 crew, and is currently sailing under the Princess flag as ( I think ) Royal Princess.

We were lucky enough to have sailed on her during her Swan Hellenic days, and are looking forward to booking onto her again next year.

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Thanks for the heads up !

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Ocean Village used to have high ratings, but the ships were sold to P&O Australia this year, so no longer exist
Actually, there was no sale of the vessels. Ocean Village and P&O Australia are (or were) sister operations of the same company, formerly known as P&O Princess Cruises Plc. and now known as Carnival Plc. (LSE: CCL). The company simply transferred the ships from one line to the other. It's about like moving your coins from your right pocket to your left pocket -- you still own them.

Carnival Plc. and Carnival Corporation (NYSE: CCL) have an unusual legal structure. They are technically two distinct corporations, but special legal arrangements cause them to behave as though they were one. These special legal arrangements include (1) the same directors and corporate officers, (2) mutual ownership of a special share of the other that maps the vote of each company's shareholders into the vote of the other company's shareholders, (3) mandatory payment of equal dividends, and (4) automatic cash transfers between the two corporations to apportion profits and losses correctly. Thus, ownership of stock in either is effectively ownership of stock in both.

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What are the Best / Top five (5) cruise lines ratings as rated by European cruisers ?
I'm not aware of any rating or survey that encompasses cruise passengers from the whole of Europe.

That said, each cruise line has its own personality and style. In the case of cruise lines marketed predominantly in Europe, that style tends to reflect the culture of the line's primary market (nationality), which also determines the principal language spoken aboard the ship. Thus, by way of example, one would expect Aida Cruises to appeal most strongly to Germans, Croisiers de France CDF to appeal msot strongly to the Frenchmen, P&O Cruises to appeal most strongly to Brits, and Pulmantur Cruises to appeal most strongly to Spaniards.

Among the major lines marketed predominantly in North America, I know that Cundard, Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises, and Costa Crociere draw a significant number of European passengers -- but that's not surprising because their parent companies also market them in Europe. I'm not sure about the other lines marketed heavily in North America.

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MSC cruises has the fastest growing and youngest fleet in Europe.
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Thanks for everyone input. Our friends lives in France and they enjoy cruising on small ships like the Costa cruise line.
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Thanks for everyone input. Our friends lives in France and they enjoy cruising on small ships like the Costa cruise line.
Costa's new ships are not exactly small. Since Carnival Corporation acquired the Costa Crocieri, Costa has been building vessels as large as those of most of the other major lines.

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