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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.
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 experience.
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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 the media.
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 ship.
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 include:
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
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.
Where Can I Go?
Cruise ships visits nearly 300 ports of
call, in some of the world's most breathtaking locations. From the rugged beauty of Alaska and Canada/New England to the charm
of Europe. There's the lush landscapes of Mexico, the Caribbean,
the Panama Canal, Bermuda, and the Bahamas. Also, Hawaii,
Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and South America give you even
more amazing exotic spots to choose from. Just pick your dream
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