The Best Cruise Lines of 2015

The Best Cruise Lines of 2015

There is no one-size-fits-all cruise ideal for everyone, but U.S. News' Best Cruises 2015 rankings make the decision-making process easier by identifying the lines that consistently deliver exceptional experiences. This year, we evaluated 15 cruise lines in five categories, taking into account key factors, such as health evaluations, traveler approval and reputation among critics, to determine the best cruise lines of 2015. For our second annual rankings, there have been some shake-ups. While some industry heavyweights reclaimed the "Best Cruise Line" crown in their respective categories for the second-year running, a few newcomers climbed the ranks. Before you book your cruise, explore the lines that came out on top. Next: No. 1 Luxury Cruise Line



The Best Cruise Lines of 2015

No. 1 Luxury Cruise Line: Crystal CruisesOverall Rating: 4.7 Crystal Cruiseswins over guests time and again with its personalized service, innovative enrichment programs and superlative culinary experiences. In 2015, Crystal's two ships,Crystal SymphonyandCrystal Serenity, will offer itineraries to exotic destinations around the world, such as Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Marseille, France. While at sea, passengers can enjoy a variety of onboard experiences like digital filmmaking courses, golf lessons and wine lectures and tastings, among other pursuits. And during days at port, Crystal guests can sign up for a myriad of shore excursions, from cycling expeditions through St-Tropez to snorkeling in Phuket, Thailand. After their adventures ashore, guests can enjoy sophisticated casinos and elaborate Broadway-style productions back on board. Next: No. 1 Cruise Line for the Money Find out more about: The Best Crystal Cruise Ships Read More: The Best Luxury Cruise Lines The Best Luxury Cruises



The Best Cruise Lines of 2015

No. 1 Cruise Line for the Money: Royal Caribbean InternationalOverall Rating: 4.1 Royal Caribbean's megaships offer the best value at sea, with nightly rates for a standard stateroom for 2015 Caribbean itineraries averaging around $100 per person. And with onboard entertainment ranging from surf simulators and ice rinks to 3-D film screenings and neighborhood boardwalks, Royal Caribbean's floating hotels prove that you don't have to sacrifice quality to cut costs. Aside from its unique activities, the line also offers reasonable rates that include meals at the Main Dining Room, enrichment programs like language, cooking and dance lessons, and Tony Award-winning musicals. Next: No. 1 Cruise Line in the Caribbean Find out more about: The Best Royal Caribbean Ships Read More: The Best Luxury Cruise Lines for the Money The Best Affordable Cruises



The Best Cruise Lines of 2015

No. 1 Cruise Line in the Caribbean: Disney Cruise LineOverall Rating: 4.3 When it comes to selecting the perfect Caribbean cruise, there are a couple of key factors to consider. First, does your ideal cruise line offer a high percentage of Caribbean itineraries? And second, does the line earn a positive reputation from both travelers and critics? Disney Cruise Line excels in these categories, making it the No. 1 cruise line in the Caribbean for the second consecutive year. Plus, Disney allows guests to connect with local cultures throughout their journey, whether it's with a spice tour in St. George's, Grenada, or an excursion to St. Lucia's Creole Park (complete with a creole snack and a traditional folk dance). Next: No. 1 Cruise Line for Families Find out more about: The Best Disney Cruise Ships Read More: The Best Cruise Lines in the Caribbean The Best Caribbean Cruises



The Best Cruise Lines of 2015

No. 1 Cruise Line for Families: Disney Cruise LineFamily Traveler Rating: 4.4 Disney isn't just a top pick for travelers visiting the Caribbean. The cruise line also wins over cruising clans year after year thanks to its family-focused amenities and services. The young - and the young at heart - can enjoy film screenings, deck parties and evening fireworks displays. During the day, little ones can meet life-size versions of their favorite Disney and Pixar characters and create souvenir character sketches at the onboard animator's studio, while older kids play videogames in the teens-only hangout. Meanwhile, the 21-plus crowd has access to adults-only dinners, nightclubs and pool areas. Next: No. 1 Cruise Line for Romance Find out more about: The Best Disney Cruise Ships Read More: The Best Cruise Lines for Families The Best Cruises for Families



The Best Cruise Lines of 2015

No. 1 Cruise Line for Romance: Silversea CruisesCouples Traveler Rating: 4.7 Silversea Cruises seized the No. 1 spot this year, beating out last year's top three: Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line and Azamara Club Cruises. And with its high approval rating among couples, attentive service (the line maintains a nearly 1-to-1 crew-to-passenger ratio) and activities like cooking lessons and couples spa treatments, it's easy to see why travelers praise Silversea. Apart from its intimate atmosphere, romance-inspiring entertainment and gourmet dining, Silversea also offers itineraries to far-flung locales like Madagascar and Bali. Find out more about: The Best Silversea Cruise Ships Read More: The Best Cruise Lines for Romance The Best Cruises for Couples
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