Thursday, August 7, 2014

Most-popular cruise lines and ships? Depends on what you want

CruiseCompete (, an online cruise-booking site, has released a review-based list of the  20 Most Popular Family Cruise Ships for January to June 2014

1.Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas
2.Celebrity Eclipse
3. Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas
4. Holland America Eurodam
5.Princess Cruises Island Princess
6. Celebrity Solstice
7. Holland America Ryndam
8. Norwegian Epic
9. Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas
10. Princess Cruises Ruby Princess
11. Holland America Rotterdam
12. Disney Fantasy
13. Princess Cruises Crown Princess
14. Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas
15. Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas
16. Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas
17. Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas
18. Princess Cruises Caribbean Princess
19. Celebrity Summit
20. Carnival Conquest

This comes just a day after CruiseCompete released a trends report whose lists included the most popular cruise lines and most popular cruise ships, based on "actual consumer quote requests and transactions taking place via"

Among the most popular cruise lines and ships listed below, only two -- Carnival Cruise  Lines and RC's Caribbean Princess (shown above) -- were included in the "family cruise ships" list above... where they were ranked 20th and 18th, respectively:

 Most popular cruise lines
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each cruise line in the given month)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Carnival Cruise Lines
2. Luxury: Oceania Cruises
3. River: Viking River Cruises

Most popular cruise ships
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each ship)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Caribbean Princess
2. Luxury: Queen Mary 2
3. River: American Star

Are there list contradictions? Maybe not. While family cruising may be growing in popularity, it's only one segment of a considerably larger industry.