Since a cruise is basically a package deal, with lodging, food, and entertainment all included in one price, a vacation at sea is often a better value than a land-based getaway – if you choose wisely. To help you make the most of your travel budget, U.S. News ranked the following cruise lines based on a methodology that factors in itinerary affordability, health ratings, and reputation among experts and travelers.
Top 7 Cruise Lines
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How We Analyzed The Best Cruise Lines
Each cruise line offers different vacation packages that are good for individual travelers, couples, and families. Vacation packages are provided depending on the season when a guest will book and the destination where they would like to go. Every month or year, new vacation packages are presented to travelers to choose from, which will help them save a good amount of money. Make sure that when choosing a vacation package, you determine what’s included in the fare and its exclusions.
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Other cruise lines are pricier because of the luxurious amenities and services provided. There are companies that charge their guests an additional fee for specialty restaurants, onboard activities, beverage packages, occasion packages, and other services. Travelers can check out each of the company’s packages and cruise fares by booking online or calling customer service. Take note that vacation packages change each season depending on the cruise line. This means that cost and other services included in the package will likely change.
Some of the factors to consider when it comes to cruise fare are:
- Staterooms and Suites
- Specialty Restaurants and Other Dining Choices
- Beverage Package
- Cruise Length
- On-Board Activities
- Occasion Packages
Amenities and Services
Some of the common onboard activities that each cruise line offers are:
- Spa Treatments
- Sporting Facilities
- Fitness Centers
- Enrichment Programs and Classes
- Bars and Lounges
- Musical and Live Shows
- Shopping Boutiques