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Old July 2nd, 2008, 04:35 PM
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I am thinking about taking a mediterranean cruise. What is the breakdown of the nationalities on those itineraries. Still mostly American? How about language is everything mostly in English? Just curious what to expect.
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It varies on the itinerary. USA is usually right up there at or near the top.

The "official" language of the ship is English just as the "official" currency is the USD. Again depending on the itinerary, announcement might be made in more than one language.
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It depends on where you depart from. They have recently made changes and they are now called "Immersion Cruises" where the food, language, shows, etc. will be catered more to the country of departure or to the majority of pax. There has been a lot of debate on this issue lately.
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I just got back from the Brilliance out of Barcelona. Out of 2300 passengers, 1500 were from the US.

43 total countries were represented on this particular trip.

We found there to be a huge mix of everyone. But especially Spanish speaking.

It was an experience I thoroughly enjoyed. It was awesome getting to know so many different people.
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I did a med cruise out of venice last year. I think majority of pax were from the UK. Second was US, and third was a mix. Probably, 50% UK, 30% US, 20% other. English was spoken by all
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On our Med cruise last summer and after boarding in Barcelona, there was an even breakdown of continental europeans (french, spanish & italian) and representatives of all other european nations and of course americans. There were also japanese and middle eastern passengers.

I got talking to a barman (again!!) and he told me that the crew were representing 93 different countries!!

Sharpen your elbows for the queues/lines!!
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People from Great Britain are probably the best in the world on queing so if there are lots of passengers from the UK, no sharp elbows are needed!

I have been in the UK a lots of times, both in London and in smaller places, and the people there are the nicest in the world!
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People from Great Britain are probably the best in the world on queing so if there are lots of passengers from the UK, no sharp elbows are needed!

I have been in the UK a lots of times, both in London and in smaller places, and the people there are the nicest in the world!
As a Brit I agree but watch out for our southern european neighbours, when it comes to queueing or not as the case may be!
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We have cruised out of Rome and Athens in the last 2 years on NCL and Carnival and Americans were the majority each time. English was the main languge. Crews are the same as if sailing from US ports. I think as long as you use the major American cruise lines, carnival, NCL, RCCL, Princess, etc you should be fine. Not so with Costa or some of the other lines in Europe where English is the 2nd langugue if at all.
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