The 7 Most Misunderstood Cruise Ships

September 12, 2016

When you’re booking your cruise it’s just so easy to book the biggest brand or ship out there thinking it’s got to be the best. But just because it’s bigger, doesn’t mean it’s better. Many amazing ships are thrown aside due to the belief that they’re just not as good as large ocean liners that offer everything you could possibly imagine.

The ships you’re ignoring when you’re looking at which ones to holiday on are usually because you either haven’t heard much about them, or the brand just isn’t that well known. But did you know you could be missing out on the cruise of a lifetime?

Read on to discover why you shouldn’t always believe the hype and find out why you should consider a cruise on these misunderstood ships…


Thomson, Celebration

They’re one of the huge holiday giants, so surely their cruises should be the most popular around right? It may surprise you to know that Thomson Cruises often tend to be overlooked, and we have no idea why!

You get what you pay for with Thomson, it’s all inclusive, gratuities are included and there are no hidden extras. Their Celebration ship is traditional in style, meaning it’s much sleeker in appearance and once you’re inside you’ll find contemporary furnishings and iPod docks in every stateroom.

Their service never fails to please, the staff always remember your name and they’ve been with the company for years, so no matter when you cruise, you’re bound to see some familiar faces!

Thomson Celebration cruise ship


Fred Olsen, Boudicca

With an emphasis on class and style, and none of the craziness of a bigger more entertainment focused ship, Fred Olsen believe in classic cruising with a modern twist. However, due to being smaller and more personal the cruise line tends to be disregarded!

On the ship you’ll be dazzled by expert chefs preparing food more delicious than you could imagine, there’s even a fantastic selection of vegetarian dishes and healthy options. Their drinks are reasonably priced, or there’s even an option to go fully inclusive, which is well worth it if you fancy a tipple or two at the bar.

If you’re a single cruiser this ship is perfect as the single rooms aren’t tiny! Not to mention they have the friendliest service… Need we go on?

Dining on Fred Olsen Ship


Cruise and Maritime, Astor

Think floating country house, with only 600 passengers on board. Sounds perfect doesn’t it? Then why aren’t you cruising on it right now?! While the line isn’t one of the biggest cruise companies out there, you definitely shouldn’t be casting it off just yet.

On the ship you’ll get to enjoy a sports deck with its own jogging track, yoga classes, volleyball and that’s just the start, there’s really loads to do for the more active passenger. You’ll also be treated to enrichment programmes from knowledgeable guest speakers, so with a Cruise and Maritime voyage you’ll get to discover all about the region you’re travelling to!

Want to find out more about Cruise and Maritime? Click here to read our cruise community member Wilba’s blog!

Cruise and Maritime restaurant


Riviera River Line, MS Countess

Riviera River Line tends to be disregarded due to the fact that they’re ‘too British’… But is there really such a thing? It’s 4 to 5 star cruising and great value for money… So where can you go wrong?

The answer is, you can’t! You’ll get delicious four course meals every night, and all shore excursions are included in your fare! WI-FI is available everywhere on board and there’s even a 24 hour UK based telephone, so if you want to talk to loved ones, home is just a phone call away!

Gratuities are also up to you, so you won’t get any big extra charges slapped on to your final bill! So the cruise line really offers everything you could possibly want on a river cruise, for a fraction of the price.

MS Countess Misunderstood Cruise Ships


MSC, Fantasia

MSC cruises are known far and wide as being ‘the Italian line’ and often people will choose not to cruise with them due to something as silly as not liking Italian food… But that’s not all MSC are about!

The heritage of the line is Italian and it’s a fair observation that they’re proud of it, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be eating pasta and pizza every night! There’s loads of other options on board, including an American style sports bar, where you can grab some finger food and watch the game, or the delicious Tex Mex and Steakhouse, serving Mexican classics and the tastiest cocktails.

There’s even 24/7 room service available to give you absolutely anything you want, and if you’re a pizza lover you can get pizza delivery direct to your cabin! Now where do we sign up?!

MSC cruise ship food


Holland America, Koningsdam

Holland America aren’t heard of much in the UK, but that’s no reason to turn down a cruise on this line. Koningsdam is the latest ship in the fleet and is part of their Pinnacle class, a whole new level of luxury.

They’ve upgraded loads of firm favourites including: The Culinary Arts Centre that has a new dining element, and the adults only area and specialty restaurants have all been revamped especially for the ship.

You’ll also discover new features on the ship including a glass roofed lido deck and a huge theatre! With Koningsdam, Holland America have brought in a mix of old and new, but are still staying loyal to their incredible style.

Holland America Koningsdam Culinary Arts Center


Carnival, Vista

You may be surprised to know that Carnival aren’t actually sold much in the UK, despite it being known as one of the most fun companies out there, and we’re definitely shocked that people aren’t queuing far and wide!

Their latest ship Vista continues bringing the party to sea with a whole bunch of amazing new features. On board you’ll be treated to the first ever IMAX cinema at sea, Waterworks that’ll rival any land water park and an adults’ only retreat where you can sit back and relax on one of the deck hammocks for a while.

Worried that there’s not enough to do for the kids? Drop them off at Camp Ocean! A day camp for those aged between 2 and 11, with ocean themed activities to keep them busy whilst you unwind.

Carnival Vista Waterworks
So now you’ve heard about the top 7 most misunderstood cruise ships out there! But what do you think? Will you be stepping away from the big names and catching a cruise with one of the underdogs? Or do you have a cruise line you’re loyal to? Let us know in the comments!