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"Twenty years from now, you will be most disappointed by the things
you did not do, then by the things you did do.
So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch
the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover"
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Featured are profiles of member cruise lines, answers to the most-often asked
questions on cruising, a locator for names of CLIA-member travel agencies and
travel agent associates, news releases on the latest news in the cruise
industry, links to CLIA member lines and a destination guide showcasing hundreds
of worldwide ports of call.
Many travel agencies are proud to have CLIA
Certified Cruise Counsellors on staff. Earning
the designation of an Accredited Cruise
Counsellor, Master Cruise Counsellor, or Elite
Cruise Counsellor, these travel agents have
completed a rigorous curriculum of cruise sales
training and have personally sailed, or
inspected, a wide variety of cruise ships. By
working with a CLIA Certified Cruise Counsellor,
you can be confident that many of the cruise
vacations they recommend are based on personal
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From movies and books to restaurants and travel
destinations, in today’s world, we all want to know what
someone else thinks or has experienced before we try or buy.
The same holds true for cruise vacations. Potential
passengers want to know how cruise lines rated among
seasoned travelers, how cruise lines rated among
professionals in the industry, and how cruise lines rated in
So how can consumers get a hold of cruise line ratings or
find out how cruise lines rated in specific categories? Look
no further than the web.
There are several informative websites available today
offering everything from ratings and reviews to feature
articles, on just about every cruise line across the
country, if not the world.
Using these websites to find out how cruise lines rated is a
great tool to use before you choose a cruise line or cruise
This is an especially important tool for first time
cruisers, as ratings can give you an excellent idea of
exactly what to expect before you board.
When cruise lines are rated, a wide variety of elements are
considered such as the type of ship, size of ship,
destinations, accommodations, amenities, activities,
entertainment, price, service, excursions, ports of call,
passengers, etc. In most cases the rating system is on a
scale of 1 to 100, with
100 meaning “Outstanding.” In other cases, stars are used to
rate cruise ships. Five star cruise ships offer the utmost
Some of the top sites to find out how cruise lines rated
Cruisecritic.com offers more than just ratings and reviews,
this site has several search functions to help you find
everything from bargains and discounts to theme cruises, and
exotic itineraries. The site also includes features, news,
planning tools, and a variety of cruise message boards where
fellow cruisers can exchange stories and information.
Cruisemates.com offers two types of ratings: star ratings
and value ratings. Star ratings are based on one question —
“how good is this ship?” One star is the worst, five stars
is the best. Cruisemates.com takes everything from age and
accommodations to food, service, and entertainment into
account when rating the
worlds cruise ships. Value ratings or “thumbs up” ratings
are all about the “Bang for your Buck.” Five thumbs up means
the ship is an excellent value while one thumb up means you
won’t find much of anything that resembles a value here.
Ratings, rankings, and popularity contests — at
Cruisereviewsonline.com find out which cruise ships are at
the top and which ones are not. Get other information on
cruise lines, as well as information, ratings and rankings
on embarkation ports, and ports of call.
Cruisereport.com offers the lowdown on cruise lines from A
to Z. Unbiased reviews, cruise searches, quotes, and feature
articles are just a few of the sites extras. You can also
search for “the perfect cruise,” and browse through news
pieces about cruising. After checking out their ratings and
reviews, you can also search for discounts and deals. With
more than 50,000 visitors per month,
has information on roughly 8,500 current sailings.
Cruisedirectonline.com relies on reader surveys to help keep
ratings in check. In addition to offering information on how
various cruise lines rated in all categories, visitors to
the site will find top ten and top thirty lists, as well as
feature articles about the best of the best in the world of
cruising. The site has other information about discounts, as
well as information on roughly 12,000 sailings. Cruise
Direct Online has been featured in Frommer’s Budget Travel
Magazine, and on MSNBC, CNBC, MSN Money, and more!
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International Association is the world’s largest cruise association
and is dedicated to the promotion and growth of the cruise industry.
CLIA is composed of 25 of the major cruise lines serving North
America and member travel agencies. Currently, more than 16,000
travel agencies are affiliated with CLIA and display the CLIA seal
(which identifies them as authorities on selling cruise vacations).
Cruise Direct Online is a member of the CLIA.
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"Twenty years from now, you
will be most disappointed by
the things you did not do,
then by the things you did
do. So, throw off the
bowlines. Sail away from the
safe harbor. Catch the trade
winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover" -
What to Know Before You Go!