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Travel Smart: More Americans go on cruises

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.

Posted by Cpt_Ron 18:05 Tagged boats boat cruises alaska cruise caribbean bahamas mediterranean hawaii cruise_ship bermuda travel_agents survey itineraries americans cruise_industry cruise_lines_association cla

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