Cruise line categories: What do they mean in 2022?

Clockwise from top left: Andrea Zelinski and Rebecca Tobin of Travel Weekly and Mike Estill of Westa discuss how cruise-line categories have changed over the years.
Clockwise from top left: Andrea Zelinski and Rebecca Tobin of Travel Weekly and Mike Estill of Westa discuss how cruise-line categories have changed over the years.

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In this episode we're talking about a Travel Weekly cover story by Andrea Zelinski that examined traditional cruise line categories -- contemporary, premium and luxury -- the buckets that each line fell into based on price, size, amenities, vibe and historical positioning.

Over time, the industry has gotten bigger and ships more sophisticated, new types of cruising have created new categories and broken down old barriers, prompting host Rebecca Tobin, Zelinski and Mike Estill, the COO of the Western Association of Travel Agencies, to debate how the categories have blurred - and whether they are still relevant -- and how this impacts the way travel advisors assist their clients with making the right vacation choice.

This episode has been edited for length and clarity.

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Travel Weekly cover story: Defying cruise categorization

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