CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE
Carnival appeals to a broad spectrum of vacationers who share one common trait which is that they want a great escape but without breaking the bank. Carnival goes to popular destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico with a range of 3-7 night itineraries. The cabins at Carnival are simple, with plenty of standard insides and outsides and does not go overboard with fee-extra venues onboard.
REGENT SEVEN SEAS
This is the most inclusive of the biggest luxury brands as it includes all-suite accommodations, meals in main and specialty dining venues, pre- and post-cruise tours and hotel stays, gratuities, shore excursions and beverages from liquor to sodas. The ships are on the larger size for luxury, you can have a butler in your penthouse suite or exclusive premium bath amenities designed by the L’Occitane line, but wherever in the world you choose to sail with them, you will be truly pampered.
ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL
Royal Caribbean pays special attention to teens and tweens with offerings of rock climbing walls, zip lines, ice and inline skating, surf and skydiving simulators, water slides and basketball and volleyball courts. There are also lounges where they can dance, drink “mocktails” and socialize with their new pals. Having these amenities allows parents to have some freedom and enjoy themselves as well on board.
DISNEY CRUISE LINE
Disney provides good entertainment, dining and childcare and the ships are filled with its signature characters such as Mickey, Goofy, Cinderella and her princess pals, who engage youngsters at planned events and spontaneous encounters. Cabins and dining establishments are also tailored for families.
Upscale Silversea has a more mature crowd, where you hardly find children on board. Its all-inclusive pricing model allows for a luxury experience without lots of unexpected expense as room service, wine and spirits, gratuities and transportation into town from port are all bundled into the upfront fares.