We believe there is a perfect cruise line for everybody. If you'd like guidance about which line may suit you, try asking our Cruise Wizard. But if you prefer to browse, keep reading. Cruise lines' personalities are as different as night and day. So choosing the right one is essential; if you've heard a story from one of the tiny minority of people who didn't enjoy a cruise, most likely they were booked on a cruise line that didn't fit their personality.
Here you'll find our not-necessarily-objective opinions of each of our favorite cruise lines, ranging from Windstar's computerized sailing ships to Crystal's ultra-elegant small liners. For most lines, you can even browse through selected itineraries. If you're looking for a line that's not listed here, it's likely that we can still offer you a great price; just complete an online quote request (if you know exactly what you want), or get in touch with us. We'll be happy to help!
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Carnival Cruise Line. Carnival pioneered the "Fun Ship" concept that has made them the world's most popular cruise line. Featuring very large ships that are among the most spectacular afloat, on a Carnival cruise you'll be able to have fun into the wee hours in a high-energy, Las Vegas-style atmosphere, and "Today's Carnival" offers much more...
Highlights. A Carnival cruise features fine dining, midnight buffets on 4+ night cruises, casual alternative restaurants, 24-hour room service, Internet Cafe, supervised Camp Carnival program for kids 2-15, a large variety of live entertainment, a singles cocktail party, well-equipped Spa Carnival, casino, at least three pools, onboard duty-free shopping, and first-run movies. Carnival's newest ships add truly gourmet dining in a reservations-only Supper Club and sushi bar (extra charges may apply). There's so much to do aboard a Carnival ship that you can have a different vacation every day: from active challenges like kickboxing or volleyball, to the laid-back warmth of sunning on deck or a relaxing massage, or learning experiences like art auctions, dance classes and wine tastings.
Who Loves Carnival? A great choice for singles, honeymooners, couples and families, Carnival may not be the best choice if you prefer small ships.
Locations. Carnival sails year-round in the Caribbean, and also offers itineraries to Alaska, the Bahamas, Mexican Riviera, Panama Canal, New England and Hawaii.
Pricing. A Carnival cruise starts at about $120 per day per person, including port charges, but excluding airfare.
More Information. http://www.carnival.com Please remember that our prices will almost always be lower than those that you see on Carnival's Web site.
Celebrity Cruises. In our opinion, Celebrity is the best-kept secret of cruising. Less well-known in the United States, Celebrity offers a thoroughly upscale premium experience, featuring gourmet food, beautiful contemporary ships, and reasonable prices. Only super-premium lines like Crystal and Seabourn deliver a more elegant experience than Celebrity, but at a significantly higher cost.
Highlights. Celebrity's dining rooms are outstanding, as are the midnight buffets and alternative restaurants. Their beautiful ships feature a modern decor and interesting hideaways like cigar, martini, wine and sports bars. You'll enjoy the 24-hour room service, supervised programs for kids 3-17 (most ships), nightly shows, plus live music and comedy, the AquaSpa spas (most of which feature Thalassotherapy seawater baths), casino, pools, duty-free boutiques, and first-run movies.
Who Loves Celebrity? Celebrity is great for couples of any age who appreciate a more upscale cruise, first-time and experienced cruisers, families, and honeymooners looking for a more sophisticated experience. It may not be a good choice if you prefer small ships or want non-stop late-night parties.
Locations. Celebrity sails in the Caribbean, Alaska, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Canada/New England, Europe, Mexico, South America, and the Panama Canal.
Pricing. Starts at about $155 per day per person, including port charges, but excluding airfare.
More Information. http://www.celebrity-cruises.com Please remember that our prices will almost always be lower than those that you see on Celebrity's Web site.
Costa Cruises. Costa's unique Italian-themed cruises offer an excellent, reasonably priced alternative to the "big names" in Caribbean and European cruising, on mid-size to large ships. Drawing its customer base from around the world, Costa delivers a more European cruise experience with its emphasis firmly in Italy. Understated, modern, almost Scandinavian decor on board eschews the neon, glitzy "theme park" look found on some other lines.
Highlights. Costa is not kidding about its "Cruising Italian Style" theme! You may be greeted by a Buon Viaggio Celebration and bid farewell with a Bacchanal Parade. In between you might get to join a Roman toga party (sheets provided!), practice tossing pizza, and play bocce. Usually made fresh on board daily, Costa's pasta is plentiful and delicious at mealtime, complementing a continental menu.
Who Loves Costa? If you're in the mood for Italian-style hospitality, and enjoy meeting people from around the globe, then you'll like Costa. On most sailings Costa offers a fun kids' program with morning, afternoon and evening events. Costa may not be the right choice for those who demand gourmet food or the ultimate in white-glove service.
Locations. Costa's ships primarily ply the waters of the Caribbean and Europe.
Competition. Compare to Carnival, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean.
Pricing. Brochure pricing starts at about $120 per day per person, including port charges, but excluding airfare.
More Information. http://www.costacruises.com Please remember that our prices will almost always be lower than those that you see on Costa's Web site.
Crystal Cruises. Arguably the finest cruise line afloat, Crystal pampers its guests in ultimate luxury on 1,000-passenger ships, the Serenity, Harmony and Symphony. The ships wander throughout the world over the course of a year, meaning that if you plan ahead, you can visit just about anywhere a cruise ship would dock. Crystal consistently garners many top cruise line awards in its size category.
Highlights. Crystal is the best of both worlds; incredible service normally associated with small ships, with the onboard amenities of a large ship. Activities aboard cater to Crystal's upscale clientele, such as Crystal Visions Enrichment Lecture Series, Crystal Wine & Food Festival and Computer University at Sea, an enrichment lecture series, and the only Caesar's Palace casinos at sea. Truly gourmet food is delivered consistently; you can even look forward to afternoon tea served in black tie and tails. On-board entertainment ranges from classical quartet to talent-filled cabaret shows or award-winning Broadway-style production musicals.
Who Loves Crystal? World travelers and anyone looking for the pinnacle of the cruise experience will enjoy Crystal. It won't be a good choice if you're looking for non-stop action or a very casual environment.
Locations. Crystal's two ships wander the globe, including Africa, Asia, Alaska/Canada, the Caribbean, Bermuda, Mexican Riviera, Europe, the Baltic Sea, the Panama Canal, Australia, New Zealand, and South America.
Competition. Compare to Cunard, Silversea, Radisson Seven Seas, and Seabourn.
Pricing. Brochure pricing starts at about $250 per day per person, including port charges, but excluding airfare.
More Information. http://www.crystalcruises.com Please remember that our prices will almost always be lower than those that you see on Crystal's Web site.
Cunard. Cunard defines traditional cruising on their three ships the Queen Elizabeth 2, the Caronia, and the world's largest and most expensive cruise ship ever in 2004, the Queen Mary 2. Since 1840, Cunard's ships have delivered a classic British experience. Although luxurious and top-rated, Cunard cruises can be surprisingly affordable, with a wide range of categories. Many consider a Trans-Atlantic voyage on the Queen Mary 2, which is the only ship regularly crossing the Atlantic, to be the pinnacle of cruising. Cunard even includes return airfare on these crossings in most pricing.
Highlights. Cunard's opulent ships offer elegance and sophistication throughout, whether considering dining, entertainment, or on-board facilities. For example, on the Queen Mary 2 you can enjoy gourmet fare in the Todd English Restaurant, or luxurious spa treatments in the Canyon Ranch SpaClub. On the QE2, the class of service you book will dictate your dining room and lounge; and as a further throwback to a bygone era, even a kennel and garage are available.
Who Loves Cunard? Anyone comfortable in a very sophisticated atmosphere, with expectations for attentive service, will enjoy a Cunard cruise.
Locations. In addition to the flagship Trans-Atlantic route, Cunard's ships ply the waters worldwide, including Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico, South America, Africa, Europe, the Baltic, Scandinavia/Russia, New England/Canada, the Panama Canal, Asia and Australia.
Competition. Compare to Silversea, Crystal, Seabourn and Radisson Seven Seas.
Pricing. Brochure pricing starts at about $280 per day per person, including port charges, but excluding airfare.
More Information. http://www.cunard.com Please remember that our prices will almost always be lower than those that you see on Cunard's Web site.
Disney Cruise Line. Since its inception in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has delighted families at sea in the same way as the Disney theme parks have done on land. The Magic and Wonder are large new ships designed to Disney's specifications, providing 3-, 4- and now 7-night Caribbean cruises. The 3- and 4-night cruises frequently are combined with 3- and 4-night Walt Disney World stays to create a 7-night vacation package.
Highlights. Larger-than-average staterooms, a new dining room experience each night, a variety of musical stage shows, plenty of kids activities, and adults-only areas (e.g., pool and whirlpool). You'll find thoughtful features for families throughout, such as a split bathroom in most cabins. Disney makes the transition between the cruise and Walt Disney World portions of the vacation seamless and painless (e.g., your cabin key also opens your Disney hotel room door). Plenty of activities targeted at kids.
Who Loves Disney? If you like Disney on land, you've love Disney at sea! Not as many activities for singles and couples as other cruise lines.
Competition. Compare to Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian.
Pricing. Brochure pricing starts at about $135 per day per person, including port charges, but excluding airfare.
More Information. http://disney.go.com/disneycruise/index.html Please remember that our prices will almost always be lower than those that you see on Disney's Web site.
Holland America. The most elegant of the premium cruise lines, Holland's approximately 1,200- to 1,400-passenger ships boast amazing works of art throughout. Holland is well-known for having larger-than-average staterooms--even the least-expensive inside cabins are appreciably bigger than the competition's. The overall cruise experience is understated and traditional.
Highlights. You'll receive outstanding service from Indonesian staff specially trained by Holland at their school in Jakarta. Food quality and presentation are both excellent. Diverse entertainment ranges from Las Vegas and Broadway-style shows to Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve and Country Jamboree night.
Who Loves Holland? Holland caters to the experienced, professional traveler seeking a sophisticated, relaxed and refined environment.
Locations. With Holland, you can visit Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, the Panama Canal, Canada/New England, and South America. Holland also offers a World Cruise (embark on some or all of it) that includes exotic stops such as Asia, Africa and India.
Competition. Compare to Celebrity and Princess.
Pricing. Brochure pricing starts at about $150 per day per person, including port charges, but excluding airfare.
More Information. http://www.hollandamerica.com Please remember that our prices will almost always be lower than those that you see on Holland's Web site.
Norwegian Cruise Line. NCL invented Freestyle Cruising, a terrific concept giving you maximum flexibility to do what you want, when you want. No fixed dining seatings, lots of restaurant choices, entertainment options, comfortable dress code, and even a more relaxed debarkation process are all included. NCL's ships are large, well-equipped, and sail worldwide. A leader in Hawaii, NCL's American-flagged ships now can cruise inter-island without having to stop at foreign port.
Highlights. Ships boasting up to 10 different, diverse restaurants mean that in a 7-night cruise you won't have enough time to eat dinner at them all! You might find cuisine such as tapas, Teppanyaki tables, Italian, French, and even a sushi bar. Relax in your cabin until you need to debark on the last morning of your cruise. Easily charge gratuities to your onboard account--no more worrying about cash and envelopes. Singles and honeymooners will find parties just for them, and everyone can enjoy dancing classes, culinary demonstrations and a perhaps even a fashion show. If you'd like to learn to snorkel, NCL's Dive In program will teach you how, provide equipment, and bring to you excellent snorkel spots.
Who Loves Norwegian? NCL is a good choice for first-time cruisers, people looking for lots of activity aboard, anyone interested in one of the themed cruises, and families.
Locations. NCL brings you worldwide to Alaska, the Caribbean, Bermuda, Europe, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, and South America.
Competition. Compare to Carnival and Royal Caribbean.
Pricing. Brochure pricing starts at about $120 per day per person, including port charges, but excluding airfare.
More Information. http://www.ncl.com Please remember that our prices will almost always be lower than those that you see on NCL's Web site.
Orient Lines. Ever wanted to see the Antarctic? In addition to sailing to the Greek Isles and the Mediterranean, Orient Lines sets itself apart as a "destination-oriented" line that visits some of the more fascinating nooks and crannies on all seven continents. Very cool! The Marco Polo--with an ice-strengthened hull--visits smaller ports of call, yet a relatively deep draft provides more stability.
Highlights. A Best Cruise Value of the World Ocean and Cruise Liner Society, most Orient Lines itineraries include complete cruise-tour packages, which add pre- and/or post-cruise hotel stays to enhance your trip. Orient Lines combines the best of the mega-liners (resort features like a show lounge, casino, nightclub, and shipboard activities) with the ability of their mid-size ships to scoot into ports not frequented by the larger ships.
Who Loves Orient Lines? Seasoned travelers wanting to visit off-the-beaten-track ports of call, at fair prices, will enjoy Orient Lines. On the other hand, families with kids, or people looking for non-stop parties, may find that Orient Lines does not cater to their needs.
Locations. Orient Lines sails to all seven continents and offers regularly scheduled service to Antarctica, in addition to Egypt, Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America, the Panama Canal and South Pacific.
Competition. Orient Lines cannot easily be compared to other lines, although in terms of also offering world-wide destinations, Princess may be the closest competitor.
Pricing. Orient Lines cruises start at about $150 per person, per day, including port charges but without airfare.
More Information. http://www.orientlines.com Please remember that our prices will almost always be lower than those that you see on the Orient Lines Web site.
Princess Cruises. "Personal Choice Cruising" is the name Princess gives their focus on ensuring that their passengers can do "what they want, when they want." Princess offers a consistent premium experience on well-maintained mid-size to mega-large ships--from 684 passengers to 2,600--that are among the most spectacular afloat. Princess offers a mix of traditional and progressive entertainment, and excellent meals with an Italian flair.
Highlights. The Personal Choice Cruising concept delivers 24-hour dining, more balconies than any other fleet, a wide variety of activities, alternative dining choices, and more space and crew per passenger. Even on the largest Princess ships, the design of public rooms and pool areas maintain a feeling of intimacy. Rather than a single large dining room, pool or theater, Princess ships frequently offer several. Princess has great kids programs and excellent accessibility for the disabled. For Alaska cruise tours, Princess' custom Ultra Dome rail cars (from Anchorage to Denali to Fairbanks) are among the largest and best-appointed.
Who Loves Princess? Princess is one of our favorite lines. It combines a classy, classic cruise experience with friendly, fun on-board staff, on beautiful ships. Anyone looking for an upscale, but not stuffy, cruise is likely to enjoy Princess.
Locations. Princess offers world-wide itineraries, including Alaska, the Caribbean, Bermuda, Mexico, South America, Africa, Europe, the Baltic, Hawaii, Scandinavia/Russia, New England/Canada, the Panama Canal, Asia and Australia.
Competition. Compare to Celebrity and Holland America.
Pricing. Brochure pricing starts at about $150 per day per person, including port charges, but excluding airfare.
More Information. http://www.princess.com Please remember that our prices will almost always be lower than those that you see on Princess' Web site.
Regent Seven Seas. The new name of Radisson Seven Seas, Regent is perhaps best known for the distinctive twin-hull ssc DIAMOND, Regent Seven Seas offers ultra-premium cruising worldwide on five ships ranging from about 320 to 700 passenger capacity. Regent has won the "World's Best Small Cruise Line" award from the readers of Travel & Leisure magazine, in addition to many other awards.
Highlights. Regent pampers its passengers in complete luxury, not only to the usual cruise spots, but also to Antarctica and other so-called "soft adventure" destinations. While every Regent ship boasts the amenities that guests expect from super-premium cruising, each ship is unique.
Who Loves Regent? Sophisticated veteran travelers will enjoy Regent Seven Seas, as will people who prefer small ships and adventurous travel. Those looking for non-stop on-board parties will be disappointed.
Locations. Europe/Mediterranean, Alaska, Central/South America, the Baltics, Scandinavia/Russia, South Seas, Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica.
Competition. Compare to Cunard, Silversea, Crystal, and Seabourn.
Pricing. Brochure pricing starts at about $400 per day per person, including port charges, but excluding airfare.
More Information. http://www.rssc.com Please remember that our prices will almost always be lower than those that you see on Regent's Web site.
Royal Caribbean International. Royal Caribbean's large ships are easily recognized by their signature Viking Crown Lounge, a round panoramic observation desk, bar and nightclub set atop each ship. Royal Caribbean's award-winning "Get Out There" advertising campaign captures the essence of the adventurous experience on board and on shore. In addition to the signature rock climbing wall that is now a fixture on all Royal Caribbean ships, the Voyager-class sister ships (Voyager, Explorer, Mariner, Navigator, and Adventure of the Seas) add a huge interior promenade, ice-skating rink, and in-line skating track. Want to surf onboard? Then set sail on Freedom of the Seas, featuring the world's first surfing machine onboard a cruise ship, where you can bodyboard or stand-up surf. Royal Caribbean's on-board entertainment, generally considered to be among the best, combined with good food and well-equipped ships, makes them a great value.
Highlights. Royal Caribbean cruises include fine dining, midnight buffets, one or more casual alternative restaurants, pizza restaurant and ice cream bar (most ships), 24-hour room service, supervised Adventure Ocean programs for kids 3-17 (most ships), nightly Broadway-style shows, plus live music and comedy, the ShipShape Fitness Center, casino, pools, duty-free boutiques, and first-run movies. Royal Caribbean's shore excursions, depending on itinerary, include active options such as jet-skiing, parasailing, and swimming with wildlife like stingrays and dolphins.
Who Loves Royal Caribbean? Royal Caribbean is great for couples of any age, first-time cruisers, families and reunions, and honeymooners. It may not be a good choice if you prefer small ships.
Locations. Royal Caribbean sails year-round in the Caribbean, and also offers itineraries to Alaska, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Canada/New England, Europe, Mexico, and the Panama Canal.
Pricing. Starts at about $150 per day per person, including port charges, but excluding airfare.
More Information. http://www.rccl.com Please remember that our prices will almost always be lower than those that you see on RCCL's Web site.
Seabourn. Charmingly intimate. Lavishly appointed. Each of Seabourn's all-suite yachts, many with balconies, is a private pleasure craft for just 104 couples.
Highlights. Impeccable, personalized service. Gourmet cuisine created by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer. Open-seating restaurant. Casual indoor/outdoor Veranda Cafe. Course-by-course in-suite dining. Dinner dancing in the restaurant. Open bar: complimentary wines and spirits and French champagne from the House of Heidsieck. Pure Pampering aromatherapy bath selections from Molton Brown. Fine soaps by Hermes, Chanel, Bijan and Bronnley. Exclusively Seabourn complimentary shore experience. Water sports from the ship's unique marina. Caviar in the Surf. The Spa at Seabourn. Complimentary on deck Massage Moments. Movies under the stars. Tipping is neither required nor expected.
Who Loves Seabourn? An ideal choice for experienced travelers who demand superb service, Seabourn may disappoint those looking for non-stop action and parties.
Locations. Seabourn offers worldwide itineraries. The small size of their ships permits visit to ports all but inaccessible to others, including the Caribbean, the Orient, Mediterranean and Black Sea, European Rivers, Panama Canal, New England/Canada, Mexico, Scandinavia and Russia.
Competition. Compare to Crystal, Silversea, and Cunard.
Pricing. Brochure pricing starts at about $300 per day per person, including port charges, but excluding airfare.
More Information. http://www.seabourn.com Please remember that our prices will almost always be lower than those that you see on the Seabourn Web site.
SeaDream Yacht Club. SeaDream emphasizes that they are a yacht company, not a cruise line. Experience an elegant, unstructured ambiance where you can enjoy your vacation at your own pace. With only about 50 couples on board, you'll enjoy no clocks, no crowds, no lines, and no stress. Founded in early 2002 by the former founder and president of Seabourn Cruise Line, Atle Brynestad and Larry Pimentel, the line features newly refurbished ultra-luxury mega-yachts, SeaDream I and II.
Highlights. SeaDream yachts arrive at their first and last ports as scheduled, but in between the captain has the authority to make small deviations, for example, to visit a local fish market, or provide more time ashore on a gorgeous beach day. Dine in the indoor Salon, the outdoor Topside restaurant, or room service. You can even raid the pantry 24 hours a day for cookies and milk, or build your own sandwich! The dress is resort casual--no tuxedos, coats, ties, or ball gowns. Your stateroom of at least about 195 square feet will feature a complimentary bar stocked with your preferences, flat-screen TV entertainment center, and personal jukebox.
Who Loves SeaDream? Couples wanting an understated, luxurious small-ship experience, with sophisticated traveling companions, will enjoy SeaDream.
Locations. SeaDream focuses on the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
Competition. Seabourn, Radisson, Silversea.
Pricing. SeaDream voyages start at about $300 per person, per day, plus port charges and airfare.
More Information. http://www.seadreamyachtclub.com Please remember that our prices will almost always be lower than those that you see on the SeaDream Web site.
Silversea. Having earned the number-one spot on Conde Nast's annual list of top travel experiences twice in a row, Silversea has reason to call itself the world's undisputed best cruise experience. Since its debut in 1994 this ultra-luxury line has gathered an unprecedented array of awards, and for good reason. Silversea's two sets of twin ships, Silver Cloud and Silver Wind, and Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper, carry from 296 to 388 guests in suites, most of which feature private verandas.
Highlights. Open-seating gourmet dining is accented by Schott crystal, and Christofle silverware. The all-inclusive fares are the most all-inclusive: all outside suites (most with private veranda), round-trip economy air, pre-cruise deluxe hotel stay, all beverages including select wines and champagnes, gratuities, and a special shoreside event on selected sailings.
Who Loves Silversea? If you're accustomed to the pinnacle of dining, service and accommodation, you'll be at home on Silversea.
Locations. Silversea sails worldwide to: the Caribbean, Amazon, Africa, India, South America, the Orient, Mediterranean and Black Sea, European Rivers, Panama Canal, New England/Canada, and Scandinavia.
Competition. Compare to Crystal, Seabourn, and Cunard.
Pricing. Brochure pricing starts at about $475 per day per person, including port charges, and including airfare.
More Information. http://www.silversea.com Please remember that our prices will almost always be lower than those that you see on the Silversea Web site.
Windstar. Windstar's 150-to-300 passenger luxury computerized sailing ships offer cruises "180 degrees from ordinary," and consistently earn a rating as one of the world's best vacation experiences. Just because you're on a sailing ship doesn't mean you do without amenities: all outside cabins, excellent food and staff, 24-hour room service, a small pool and hot tub, queen/twin beds, terrycloth robes, even a small piano bar and casino.
Highlights. A Windstar cruise can be described as "resort casual but elegant." You can visit the bridge most any time, and there are no formal or theme nights. If you've never been on a small ship, you'll be amazed at where Windstar can take you. The ships have a sports deck featuring snorkeling/SCUBA gear, sailboards, water skis, kayaks and boats. Shore trips focus on active excursions.
Who Loves Windstar? Windstar is perfect for upscale honeymooners preferring to focus on each other, active individuals, past cruisers looking for a big-ship alternative, and people who prefer not to dress up. Avoid Windstar if you like mega-ships, want lots of entertainment, have young kids, or require wheelchair access.
Locations. Windstar focuses on "warm," as in Australia, the Caribbean, the Greek Isles and Mediterranean, and Europe.
Competition. Compare to Windjammer Barefoot Cruises.
Pricing. Brochure pricing starts at about $320 per day per person, including port charges, but excluding airfare.
More Information. http://www.windstarcruises.com Please remember that our prices will almost always be lower than those that you see on Windstar's Web site.
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