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Cruise Line International Association
ABOUT the CLIA
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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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.
how can consumers get a hold of cruise line ratings
or find out how cruise lines
rated in specific categories? Look no further than
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
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 in luxury.
Some of the top sites to find out how cruise lines
cruisereport.com, cruisedirectonline.com, and
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
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, Cruisereport.com 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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