Cruise trips are definitely an adventure. You are stranded on a ship for days with no way of going home.
The industry has surpassed 2015 ocean cruise passenger projections and increased expectations for the coming years – a sign the business is stronger than ever, according to Cruise Lines International Association.
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The organization reported a total of 23.2 million passengers on ocean cruises globally in 2015, up from a projection of 23 million, and a 4-percent increase over 2014. The average growth per year, statistics show, is 7.4 percent.
As the industry is growing more competitive, companies are trying to keep regular passengers and lure new ones. Cruising on a big ship is about romance, excitement, fun, adventure, relaxation, and pampering. Some lines are better at these than others.
The following list, in no particular order, is based on assessments by Cruiseline.com, which provides real reviews from actual travelers, and Friends of the Earth (FOE), which produces annual report cards on the cruise ship business.