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  • Writer's pictureJason Leppert

Why You Owe It To Yourself To Sail on A Foreign Cruise Line

One of the benefits of cruise travel is the opportunity to visit exotic lands while having a familiar home base in the domestic ship itself to return to each day. But for those looking for even more regional immersion, foreign cruise lines are an alternative option, locally or abroad.

In fact, several U.S.-based cruise corporations own foreign brands in which to consider. Carnival Corporation has AIDA Cruises (German), Costa Cruises (Italian) and P&O Cruises (British); and Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited has stakes in CDF Croisieres de France (French), Pullmantur Cruises (Spanish) and TUI Cruises (German).

Now to be sure, these cruise lines cater to their own source markets, and everything from the primary languages spoken to the cuisine reflects that objective. Think of the experience as visiting a foreign country where you wouldn’t expect English to dominate nor the local customs to mirror your own.

With that said, for anyone who has already taken a cruise, the experience will certainly be recognizable. Costa Cruises, for instance, is very similar to Carnival Cruise Line right down to the interior design from Joe Farcus. But as an authentic Italian version, you can expect better pizza and, perhaps the only negative, more smoking onboard. Also, robot enthusiasts will enjoy th

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