Posted September 15th, 2007, 10:44 AM
Just received this in an e-letter. Thought you all might be interested. I don't know where the info came from or how accurate it is.
Passenger ages vary somewhat by sailing, but usually they are as follows:
Carnival Cruise Line: 0 - 45 years of age
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line: 25 - 55 years of age
Crystal Cruise Line: 55+ years of age
Celebrity Cruise Line: 35 - 64 years of age
Norwegian Cruise Line: 27 - 56 years of age
Holland America Cruises: 30 - 60 years of age
Princess Cruise Line: 35 to 65 years of age
I think this is misleading. Carnival attracks all kinds of passengers. Families with younger children tend to go with Carnival because of the water parks and the slides and the lower prices. It is a good starting product since many of their itineraries are varied.
Royal attracks all ages as well. The shorter 7 night cruises attrack everyone, the longer cruises for the older clients and the short 3 or 4 night for people who either can take them easily or people who just work a lot and don't have the time for the longer cruise.
Crystal is high end, and the ages are higher because 1. older demographics have more money and 2. it is usually a step up and if you are a serious cruiser, you naturally move up as time goes on. This is the same for Regent, Seaborn, and the others.
Celebrity is usually a little more than Royal so the ags go up a bit. The food and services are a little better than Royal, a move up line again. People usually don't make Celebrity their first cruise.
NCL is getting a larger amount of the younger crowd due to pricing, advertising, and sailing from the NY area first. Freestyle dining is a big draw and since the younger crowd really isn't into formal dining, they go more for this, especially with younger children.
Holland's ages are the oldest, along with Cunard. It is just their reputation. They offer the standards of cruise lines from years ago like high tea, teakwood decks, longer itineraries, and Holland is like Celebrity, it is a move up line.
Princess is more of the 30-70 ages, with a good mix of kids lately. The NY sailings are definitely lowering the ages. Being able to cruise with no flying is a big draw with families. Princess is also considered a move up line. Their prices are a little higher than Carnival, and they offer more exotic cruises for Europe. They are also offering a world cruise now, which moves them up as well.