USA's Best Cruise Lines For Families, Couples & The Budget-Conscious

Posted December 4th, 2015

Crystal Cruises has been named the most romantic cruise line for couples, while Disney Cruise Line has taken the title of best brand for families. That’s according to the latest 2016 cruise ranking released from US News & World Report, which compared 15 of the biggest cruise lines across six categories.

For the third year in a row, Disney was named the best company for families, and was also the top choice for cruising in the Caribbean. With life-sized Elsas, Annas and Olafs roaming about the ship, kid-friendly dance parties, pirate-themed dinners, and Mickey-themed decor, Disney has had a leg up on the competition for years.

That’s not to say that the competition isn’t growing fierce. Royal Caribbean has announced plans to bring the cast of popular animated films such as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and Madagascar aboard its newest vessel, Anthem of the Seas.


Couple cruising

Meanwhile, couples looking for a romantic cruise holiday may want to look at Crystal Cruises, which offers couples massages on board and views of the sunset from the 360-degree Promenade Deck.

New this year, the ranking included a category spotlighting the best cruise lines in the Mediterranean in response to rising demand. Taking the top spot in that category is Seven Seas Cruises for offering itineraries that sail to 12 countries in the area.

Regent Seven Seas also offers longer voyages and unlimited free shore excursions that include everything from kayaking down the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia to cooking classes in Santorini, Greece.

And as one of the biggest cruise lines, Royal Caribbean can afford to keep rates low and offer trips costing less than $US150 ($A210) per person a night, making it the best choice for budget travellers.


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Here are the results of the US News 2016 Best Cruise Lines Rankings:

For The Money                                                                                   

For Families 

For Romance        

For Luxury

In The Caribbean                                                                    

In The Mediterranean  

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