Cruise line personalities Part 1

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Hi Cruisers it’s Sheri from CruiseTipsTV.
We’ve been thinking about doing an episode on “Cruise line personalities” for quite a while now, but we were a little apprehensive. After all, we certainly would not want to inadvertently discourage someone from trying a different cruise line based on our generalizations. And while we do think there is validity in the notion that cruise lines have personalities, there are so many variables, and not only that but it is all subject to personal perception.
What we decided to do instead is explain some of these variables, and then maybe have a little fun with OUR take on personality. So let’s back up just a little, and I’ll explain what I mean by cruise line personalities. When we first started looking at cruises, we would sometimes hear things like “that line is for partiers, or this line is for singles or seniors”. That kind of generalization is what I mean by personality. Ultimately, this notion is born out of the idea that you should find the line that best matches your personality. Before we get into our spin on it, you should also know that the lines do try market and position themselves as distinctive in certain lifestyle areas. For example, Disney obviously wants to be the Family & kids line, and Carnival’s “The Fun Ship” campaign speaks to this as well. Other examples include Celebrity’s attempt to appeal to spa travelers and Royal Caribbean’s fitness push. These efforts to carve out niches can definitely affect perception; but what we are more interested in are the generalities cruisers themselves determine.
During our first few years of cruising we were quite comfortable with one particular line, and we were reluctant to try others, based loosely on this idea of personality. Lower fares and specific destinations lured us to other lines, and we quickly learned the error of our ways. We’ve done a lot of research since then and we have enough experience to tell you where we think this whole idea falls flat. First and foremost, the experience is what you make of it. That’s the beauty of cruising. There’s opportunity for just about anything. If you want your cruise to be a “ship for dancers”, go dance, or the “ship for gourmet diners”, then go enjoy the food in the speciality restaurants. You get my meaning. Second we’ve noticed that these personalities can be different from ship to ship within the same line. For example, Carnival Miracle could be quite different from Carnival Vista.
Oh, and here’s another one that might surprise you. The length of a cruise can dramatically affect the atmosphere, and then, of course, your perception of the line’s personality. We’ve noticed that shorter cruises can have a kind of frenetic energy while longer cruises on the same ship can seem completely different, slower paced and more mellow. Destinations, and even the time of year can alter the mood and subsequent perception of cruise personality. I could go on and on about how these variables can change, but I think the most important point is the first: It is what you make of it. Alrighty, that’s our long-winded disclaimer. Now for some fun. We have spent hours and hours scanning the web, blog posts, forums and reviews, and we’ve come up with our own personality quiz. We weren’t able to include all cruise lines this time around. Some lines just were not comparable, and others like MSC we just couldn’t get enough data on to include. We think MSC is on the move and we are hoping to get to know them better in the future. That said, here are the seven lines we looked at:
1. Celebrity
2. Disney
3. Princess
4. Holland America
5. Carnival
6. Norwegian
7. Royal Caribbean
And we folded in a variety of very general categories like food, fitness, entertainment etc’.
We stitched that all together into an online quiz that we’ve put on our website Now is it scientific? No, of course not. Do I look like a scientist? Be nice now. Is it accurate? In a word, no. Should you base any decision on the results. Nope. Alright, so the thing is worthless. Why should you try it? Because it’s fun, and we made it just for you. So check it out. Don’t make me put my scientist outfit on again.

That’s it for this episode. Until next time, we’ll see you on the high seas. And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram!

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