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Cruise Vacation has become a major part of the tourism industry, with millions of passengers each year as of 2006.

The rapid growth of the Cruise Vacation industry has seen nine or more new-build ships catering to a North American clientele added every year since 2001.

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Most popular Cruise Destinations Some of Our Crusing companies
1. Alaska

2. Bahamas

3. Bermuda

4. Canada

5. Caribbean

6. Eastern Caribbean

7. Western Caribbean

8. Southern Caribbean

9. All Europe

10. Northern Europe

11. Western Europe

12. Western Mediterranean

13. Eastern Mediterranean

14. Mexico

15. Hawaii

A'rosa Europe
American Cruise Lines America
American Canadian Caribbean Line America
Anedin Line Europe
Anek Lines Europe
Bora Bora Cruises America
Birka Line Europe
Carnival Cruise Lines America
Celebrity Cruises Europe
Clipper Cruise Line America
Ocean village Europe
Costa Cruises Europe
Cruise West America
Crystal Cruises America
Cunard Line America
DFDS Seaways Europe
Disney Cruise Line America
First European Cruises Europe
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Europe
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Holland America Line America
Imperial Majesty (cruise line)
Kristina Cruises
Minoan Lines Europe
MSC Italian Cruises
Norwegian Coastal Voyage
Norwegian America Line
Norwegian Cruise Line
Oceania Cruises
Orient Lines
P & O Cruises Europe
P & O Irish Ferries Europe
Polar Star Expeditions
Premier Cruise Line
Princess Cruises America
Radisson Seven Seas Cruises
Royal Caribbean International
Royal Olympia Cruises
Silversea Cruises
Seabourn Cruise Line America
SeaFrance Europe
Silja Line Europe
Star Cruises Asia-Pacific
Stenna Line Europe
Swan Hellenic
Swan Hellenick Europe
Tallink Europe
The Yachts of Seabourn America
Travel Dynamics International America
Viking Line Europe
Windjammer Barefoot Cruises America
Windstar Cruises America

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In the late 19th century, Albert Ballin, director of the Hamburg-America Line, was the first to make a regular practice of sending his transatlantic ships out on long southern cruises during the worst of the winter season of the North Atlantic. Other companies followed suit. Some of them built specialized ships which were made for easy transformation between summer crossings and winter cruising.

With the advent of large passenger jet aircraft in the 1960s, the vast majority of inter-continental travellers switched from ships to planes. There were some, however, who actually enjoyed the few days of enforced idleness, so while the ocean liner transport business crashed, the cruising voyages never stopped altogether. Grandeur of the Seas moored at Key West, Florida.

Later other cruises were introduced, such as to the islands of the Caribbean, and through the Mediterranean, and new ships were built to accommodate the growing demand.

The 1970s television show The Love Boat, featuring Princess Cruises' since-sold ship Pacific Princess, did much to raise awareness of cruises as a vacation option for ordinary people in the United States.

Cruise Vacations

As of 2004, several hundred cruise ships, some carrying over 3,000 passengers and measuring over 100,000 gross tons, ply routes all over the world. For certain destinations such as Antarctica, cruise ships are very nearly the only way for tourists to visit.

Present-day cruise ships are organized much like floating hotels, with a complete "hospitality staff" in addition to the usual ship's crew. It is not uncommon for the most luxurious ships to have more crew/staff than passengers.

As with any vessel, adequate provisioning is crucial, especially on a cruise ship serving several thousand meals each at seating. The amount of food and beverages consumed by a cruise ship on an average 7-day voyage is staggering. Passengers and crew on the Royal Caribbean International ship Mariner of the Seas consume 20,000 pounds of beef, 28,000 eggs, 8,000 gallons of ice cream, and 18,000 slices of pizza in a week.

Many older cruise ships have had multiple owners over their lifetimes. Since each cruise line has its own livery and often a naming theme (for instance, ships of the Holland America Line have names ending in -dam, e.g. MS Statendam; or Royal Caribbean's ships all ending in "of the Seas"), it is usual for the transfer of ownership to entail a refitting and a name change. Some ships have had a dozen or more identities.

Because of a shortage of hotel accommodation there was a plan to moor a number of cruise ships in Athens to provide tourist accommodation for the duration of the 2004 Summer Olympics.


On September 1, 2005, a few days following Hurricane Katrina washing through New Orleans, FEMA contracted for three Carnival Cruise Lines vessels to house hurricane evacuees. The six-month contract cost $236 million. The contract was widely criticized because the vessels were never fully utilized. In addition, Carnival received more money that it otherwise would have gotten for using the ships in their normal rotation. [1], although this calculation does not take into account the fact that cruise lines receive a greater proportion of their revenue from gambling and alcoholic beverages on normal excursions, none of which were offered during the evacuation.


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