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Mainstream cruise lines are great when you’re traveling with a group since they offer something for everyone. Ships tend to be the biggest at sea, carrying the highest number of passengers per available space.

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Once aboard, you can discover why the mainstream cruise lines are so popular. The furnishings and fittings vary, but all generate their own type of excitement. Glittering and glamorous décor in public areas is the norm. Accommodations are available in a wide range of sizes and price ranges, from inside cabins with no windows for bargain-basement prices to some of the largest suites at sea that cost a king’s ransom.

What you do on a mainstream cruise ship is up to you. Activities are scheduled all day and into the evening. Every evening, the professional entertainment staff goes into high gear, and you can either watch production shows or participate in karaoke and bingo. Shipboard amenities tend to be extensive, including pools, a spa, a gym, numerous dining venues, kids’ clubs, and perhaps special areas for teens.

Royal Caribbean International

  • Sails To Alaska, Caribbean, Europe

Why It’s Wonderful

The line appeals to families with its high-energy entertainment, extensive sports facilities, youth programs, and even nurseries for toddlers and babies.

Norwegian Cruise Line

  • Sails To Alaska, Caribbean, Europe

Why It’s Wonderful

Noted for their family-friendly accommodations, specialty dining, and outstanding entertainment, the line gets high marks from passengers of all ages.

Lindblad Expeditions

  • Sails To Europe

Why It’s Wonderful

A multifaceted strategic partnership with the National Geographic Society enables Lindblad travelers to remain engaged, active explorers who care about the planet.

AmaWaterways

  • Sails To Europe

Why It’s Wonderful

A leader in its niche, this specialty 15-vessel cruise line is all the rage with exceptional staterooms and itineraries that showcase not only Europe, but also Vietnam and Zambezi.

Carnival Cruise Line

  • Sails To Alaska, Caribbean

Why It’s Wonderful

With its adults-only Serenity area, water park-style slides, and Vegas-style entertainment (not to mention all the other activities), the line's ships are designed to appeal to the widest range of travelers.