BY ELLEN CREAGER DETROIT FREE PRESS TRAVEL WRITER
And to think it all started with the Love Boat.
About 1 in 4 Americans -- 78 million of us -- has taken a cruise, a new survey by Cruise Lines International Association finds.
Our favorite cruise itineraries? The Caribbean is still No. 1, followed by Alaska, the Bahamas, Hawaii, Bermuda and the Mediterranean.
One other interesting tidbit: People who plan cruises tend to use a travel agent; about 68% of us did.
That's wise because cruise lines pay the travel agents' commissions, not the customers. And agents know where the good rooms are.