U.S. News & World Report Releases the 2019 Best Cruises with Disney Cruise Line Earning Top Billing for Families and Caribbean Sailings

U.S. News & World Report released their 2019 Best Cruise Lines Rankings. The global authority in rankings and consumer advice evaluated 169 ships from 17 top cruise lines across six categories. The rankings help travelers select the best cruise by brand, region, traveler type and budget.

With its combination of high traveler and health scores, as well as top-notch service and onboard amenities, Seabourn Cruise Line takes the top spot as the Best Cruise Line in the Mediterranean as well as the Best Luxury Cruise Line. Celebrity Cruises earned top marks for Best Cruise Line for the Money, while Viking Ocean Cruises takes the top spot as the Best Cruise Line for Couples. Disney Cruise Line continues its reign as the Best Cruise Line for Families and the Best Cruise Line in the Caribbean for the sixth consecutive year.

Disney Cruise Line fared rather well in the overall ship ranking. Out of the 167 ships, the Disney Fantasy earned a number 4 spot, the Disney Magic was listed at 6, followed by the Disney Dream and Disney Wonder in a tie for 15th.

“We take great pride in creating unforgettable experiences for our guests, and it’s always an honor when these efforts are recognized by others,” said Jeff Vahle, president of Disney Cruise Line and Disney Signature Experiences. “We celebrate these awards with our incredible team of cast and crew members.”

As technologies advance and cruisers expect more out of their vacation experience, cruise lines are introducing new tech-savvy features and amenities. On some ships, wearable devices or cellphone apps such as the Navigator App are replacing key cards, allowing passengers to unlock their rooms, pay for food and drinks, book onboard activities and keep track of their friends and families with a pendant or bracelet, or their own phones. Additionally, as health and wellness continue to be a priority for today’s travelers, cruise lines have initiated more relevant offerings to stay on trend. These include onboard juice bars, spinning and on-deck yoga classes, acupuncture, spa-specific staterooms and more.

Senses Juice Bar Disney Dream

“There are many factors to consider when choosing a cruise, and as trends evolve, consumers have more options than ever at their fingertips,” said Nicola Wood, travel editor at U.S. News. “The U.S. News Best Cruise Lines rankings offer insights that allow consumers to select the perfect overseas experience that caters to their needs. Whether that be a luxurious getaway, a family vacation or a cruise that doesn’t break the bank, the rankings have every traveler covered.”

U.S. News 2019 Best Cruise Lines Rankings

Best Cruise Lines for the Money

  1. Celebrity Cruises
  2. Royal Caribbean International
  3. Norwegian Cruise Line
  4. Carnival Cruise Line
  5. Princess Cruises
  6. Holland America Line
  7. MSC Cruises
  8. Costa Cruises

Best Luxury Cruises

  1. Seabourn Cruise Line
  2. Viking Ocean Cruises
  3. Crystal Cruises
  4. Azmara Club Cruises
  5. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  6. Oceania Cruises
  7. Silversea Cruises

Best Cruises for Families   

  1. Disney Cruise Line
  2. Royal Caribbean International
  3. Carnival Cruise Lines
  4. Norwegian Cruise Line
  5. MSC Cruises
  6. Costa Cruises

Best Cruises for Couples

  1. Viking Ocean Cruises
  2. Seabourn Cruise Line
  3. Azamara Club Cruises
  4. Crystal Cruises
  5. Oceana Cruises
  6. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  7. Celebrity Cruises
  8. Cunard Line
  9. Silver Seas Cruises
  10. Holland America Line
  11. Princess Cruises

Best Cruises to the Mediterranean        

  1. Seabourn Cruise Line
  2. Viking Ocean Cruises
  3. Azmara Club Cruises
  4. Oceania Cruises
  5. Crystal Cruises
  6. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  7. Celebrity Cruises
  8. MSC Cruises
  9. Royal Caribbean International
  10. Costa Cruises
  11. Silversea Cruises
  12. Norwegian Cruise Line
  13. Princess Cruises
  14. Holland America Line
  15. Cunard Line

Best Cruises to the Caribbean

  1. Disney Cruise Line
  2. Seaborn Cruise Line
  3. Celebrity Cruises
  4. Royal Caribbean International
  5. Carnival Cruise Line
  6. Silversea Cruises
  7. Norwegian Cruise Line
  8. Holland America Line
  9. Oceania Cruises
  10. Princess Cruises
  11. MSC Cruises
  12. Costa Cruises

Best Cruise Ships for You

  1. Seaborn Ovation
  2. Viking Sea
  3. Celebrity Reflection
  4. Disney Fantasy
  5. Vikin Orion
  6. Disney Magic
  7. Seaborn Odyssey
  8. Azamara Quest
    Azamara Journey
    Crystal Serenity
    Seven Seas Explorer
    Viking Star
    Seaborn Quest
  9. Seaborn Sojourn
  10. Disney Wonder
    Disney Dream
    Nautica
    Seven Seas Voyager
    Symphony of the Seas
    Silver Muse
    Viking Sun

Check out the complete rankings for Best Cruise Lines rankings on U.S. News & World Report’s dedicated Cruise ranking webpage.

The methodology for the Best Cruise Lines rankings factors in expert evaluations of cruise ship quality, reputation among travelers, results from health assessments conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other factors such as price class and itinerary offerings.

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