The Best Cruise Lines of 2017

The Best Cruise Lines of 2017

Which cruise is right for you?According to the Cruise Lines International Association, the largest cruise industry trade organization in the world, a rising number of travelers are choosing cruise vacations. The association predicted that 24 million people would take their vacations to the sea in 2016, and that number is only expected to increase in 2017. As demand heightens, so do travelers' cruising choices. To help you wade through the options and determine which cruise line best caters to your needs and budget, U.S. News evaluated 15 top ocean liners, using health scores and expert and passenger ratings, among other factors. Read on to find out which cruise lines came out on top.
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The Best Cruise Lines of 2017

Best Cruise Lines for the MoneyCelebrity Cruises debuts as the No. 1 Best Cruise Line for the Money in 2017. Though its fleet is smaller than some of its competitors, Celebrity's ships offer personalized service and an average ship capacity of fewer than 2,700 passengers. Plus, the line offers big-ship amenities, such as outdoor movie screens and children's programming, while keeping rates as low as $100 per person, per night. Royal Caribbean International comes in at No. 2 and Norwegian Cruise Line ranks No. 3 on the Best Cruise Lines for the Money list.
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The Best Cruise Lines of 2017

Best Cruise Lines for FamiliesFor the fourth consecutive year, Disney Cruise Line tops the list of Best Cruise Lines for Families. The line's character deck parties and specialized kids clubs are sure to please the younger crowd, while exclusive adults-only areas give parents a place to unwind after a day of activities. Other family favorites include the No. 2-ranked Royal Caribbean International and the No. 3-ranked Carnival Cruise Lines.
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The Best Cruise Lines of 2017

Best Cruise Lines for Couples If you're hoping to sail away with your sweetheart, look no further than Crystal Cruises, which is this year's No. 1 Best Cruise Line for Couples. Twosomes can take advantage of all-inclusive stateroom amenities, such as feather beds, Frette terry cloth robes and complimentary wine and spirits. Plus, you can up the romance factor by splurging on couples spa treatments and specialty private dining. Other high-ranking cruise lines for romance include Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises, which rank as the No. 2 and No. 3 Best Cruise Lines for Couples, respectively.
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The Best Cruise Lines of 2017

Best Cruise Lines in the CaribbeanDisney Cruise Line also claims the Best Cruises Line in the Caribbean title. Not only does Disney travel to more than 15 Caribbean destinations, its ships also sail to its own private island - Castaway Cay in the Bahamas. Cruisers can choose from itineraries to other popular ports of call in places such as Cozumel, Mexico, Jamaica and Puerto Rico, as well as lesser-known islands, including Grenada and Curaçao. Celebrity Cruises takes the No. 2 spot and Crystal Cruises sails in at No. 3 on the Best Cruise Lines in the Caribbean ranking for 2017.
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The Best Cruise Lines of 2017

Best Cruise Lines in the MediterraneanCelebrity Cruises is the No. 1 Best Cruise Line in the Mediterranean for 2017. The line's mid-size ships sail to beloved European destinations, including Santorini, Greece, and Naples, Italy. After exploring popular Mediterranean ports of call, cruisers can dine at upscale eateries, which offer everything from French fare to juicy steaks, before retiring to their accommodations. Regent Seven Seas Cruises takes the No. 2 spot and Oceania Cruises claims the No. 3 spot on the Best Cruise Lines in the Mediterranean ranking for 2017.
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The Best Cruise Lines of 2017

Best Luxury Cruise LinesThose looking to indulge should consider booking a vacation with the No. 1 Best Luxury Cruise Line, Crystal Cruises. Crystal provides a nearly 1-to-1 passenger-to-crew ratio, which means travelers can expect personalized service. Plus, more than half of the staterooms on the line's two ocean-going ships offer private verandas. What's more, those staying in penthouse suites receive personal butler service. Other luxurious lines include Regent Seven Seas Cruises, which takes the No. 2 spot, and Oceania Cruises, which claims the No. 3 spot on the Best Luxury Cruise Lines list.
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