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A cruise ship deports from Tortola during a rainstorm. Cruise ships are indeed floating hotels as they serve over a thousand passengers per ship and offer everything for every budget.

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A passenger wears a new piece of bling while sitting poolside after a day of touring St. Thomas. Jewelry and booze are main shopping agendas for many tourists.

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A 24 hour view of the ship's bridge courtesy of the in room television lets the cruiser know what's the port du jour.

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An oil stained dock and plastic flowers greet tourists to the island of Tortola.

The vacation life at sea is sometimes spent in privacy of the cabin.

The vacation life at sea is sometimes spent in privacy of the cabin.

The vacation life at sea is sometimes spent in privacy of the cabin.

A chef wipes sweat while preparing lunch on deck.

A chef wipes sweat while preparing lunch on deck.

A chef wipes sweat while preparing lunch on deck.

A cruise passenger works on his form while cruising at sea.

A cruise passenger works on his form while cruising at sea.

A cruise passenger works on his form while cruising at sea.

Tans and sunburn bodies are the norm atop the promenade deck of an ocean liner.

Tans and sunburn bodies are the norm atop the promenade deck of an ocean liner.

Tans and sunburn bodies are the norm atop the promenade deck of an ocean liner.

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A waiter is ready for his next party of guests for dinner. Cruise lines offer multiple dining rooms and selections to appease discerning diners.

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An estimated 12 million Americans take to the cruise life annually generating revenue and jobs.

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Photography by Brian Plonka

Twelve million Americans take to the high seas on luxury ocean liners every year. Dozens of floating hotels that offer almost every luxury, 24 hour service and stops at exotic ports.

The strong cruise industry growth fuels continuing evolution of “ship hotel” vacation experiences. Over the years, lines and operators have expanded their itineraries and now include convenient embarkation ports and diverse ports of call.

 

They also introduce innovative onboard facilities and amenities that rival most of the land-based options.

The cruise industry’s establishment of over 30 North American embarkation ports provides consumers with unprecedented convenience, cost savings and value by placing cruise ships within driving distance of 75% of North American vacationers.

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