Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked the best cruise lines in the world for the magazine’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards survey which received votes from over 600,000 readers. Disney Cruise Line remains the top Large Cruise Line in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for the eighth consecutive year. In the cruise category, voters evaluated more than 400 cruise ships across a multitude of brands.
“It is our goal at Disney Cruise Line to create unforgettable vacations for every guest who sails with us,” said Jeff Vahle, president of Disney Cruise Line. “Being recognized once again by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler is a source of great pride for our team, whether they make their magic on our ships, at our private island Castaway Cay or behind the scenes. This award speaks to their commitment to always going above and beyond – and making every guest’s experience truly special.”
The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are one of the longest-running and most prestigious recognitions of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” The 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler’s website and in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler US and UK print editions.
The full list of cruise line awards can be found here, some categories have as many as 16 lines ranked. Presented below are the top 5* in each cruise category.
Mega Ships (more than 4,000 passengers)
- Royal Caribbean International 88.51
- MSC Cruises 88.09
- Norwegian Cruise Line 86.45
Large Ships (2,500 to 4,000 passengers)
- Disney Cruise Line 91.72
- Cunard 90.39
- Holland America Line 89.55
- Princess Cruises 88.00
- Celebrity Cruises 86.44
Medium Ships (500 to 2,500 passengers)
- Crystal Ocean Cruises 97.27
- Viking Ocean Cruises 94.47
- Seabourn Cruise Lines 93.35
- Regent Seven Seas Cruises 91.28
- Cunard 91.16
Small Ships (fewer than 500 passengers)
- Crystal Ocean Cruises 98.71
- Windstar Cruises 98.60
- Lindblad Expeditions – National Geographic 97.23
- Paul Gauguin Cruises 96.27
- Regent Seven Seas Cruises 96.12
- Crystal River Cruises 98.90
- Viking River Cruises 98.74
- Uniworld Boutique River Cruises 98.65
- AmaWaterways 97.81
- Grand Circle Cruise Line 97.29
The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide on October 2019. For more on the Readers Choice Awards page and a complete list of awards visit www.CNTraveler.com/rca. To learn more about how the awards were calculated check out this page.
Disney Cruise Line continues to expand its horizons, with new ships scheduled for delivery in 2021, 2022 and 2023. The name of the highly anticipated fifth Disney Cruise Line ship, Disney Wish, was recently announced along with the ship’s featured stern characters – Rapunzel and her feisty sidekick Pascal. The Disney Wish is scheduled for delivery in late 2021 and will set sail in January 2022.
All three new ships will be powered by liquefied natural gas and, at approximately 144,000 gross tons and 1,250 guest staterooms, be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.