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Favorite Cruise Lines and Ships for 2020

Cruising has quickly become one of the most popular ways to travel and check-out the globe. Just unpack once and absorb the sights of the world’s rivers and seas from your floating hotel. Over 30 million people were expected to cruise in 2019, per the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), and that number is probably going to grow year over year. Over 50 cruise lines currently set sail across the seven regions of the world and over a dozen new vessels are introduced every year. The sheer choices of cruise lines, cruise ships and cruise itineraries are overwhelming. VacayDaze showcases the favorite cruise lines and ships based upon a recent 2019 poll of cruisers.

#1 Boutique Cruise Line: Windstar Cruises

With fewer than 350 guests per sailing, Windstar Cruises promises passengers a cruising experience freed from lines and waiting. Since the six boutique ships are smaller than a typical cruise ship, they’re able to sail into small European villages, off-the-beaten-path harbors and hidden coves, giving guests the chance to explore both major capitals and smaller ports. Windstar’s award-winning shore excursions offer guests the chance to immerse themselves into the local culture and cuisines of many special ports of call.

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  1. Windstar Cruises
  2. Viking Ocean Cruises
  3. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
  4. Maple Leaf Adventures
  5. American Cruise Lines
  6. Blount Small Ship Adventures
  7. Seabourn Cruise Line
  8. American Queen Steamboat Company
  9. Paul Gauguin Cruises
  10. Star Clippers

#1 Cruise Ship for Dining: Viking Sea, Viking Ocean Cruises

All meals are complimentary aboard Viking Sea, even at the various specialty restaurants. The star of the ship, Manfredi’s, serves a menu of hearty Italian fare in a very homey setting. The Chef’s Table is themed to a distinct region of the globe each night, while the World Cafe serves global specialties buffet-style. For an additional cost, guests can opt for The Kitchen Table, part restaurant and part shore excursion into a local market to select your ingredients for dinner.

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  1. Viking Sea, Viking Ocean Cruises
  2. Viking Star – Viking Ocean Cruises
  3. Royal Princess – Princess Cruises
  4. Scenic Eclipse – Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
  5. Marina – Oceania Cruises
  6. Seabourn Encore – Seabourn Cruise Line
  7. Koningsdam – Holland America Line
  8. Celebrity Edge – Celebrity Cruises
  9. Carnival Horizon – Carnival Cruise Line
  10. Star Pride – Windstar Cruises

#1 Cruise Ship for Families: MSC Seaside, MSC Cruises

The MSC Seaside brings numerous family-friendly amenities to the fleet. These include family suites, an expanded kids club in partnership with Chicco and LEGO, a multi-level water park with four slides, two full-size bowling lanes, a teens club and a high-tech theater.

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  1. MSC Seaside, MSC Cruises
  2. Regal Princess – Princess Cruises
  3. Carnival Horizon – Carnival Cruise Line
  4. Disney Fantasy – Disney Cruise Line
  5. Disney Dream – Disney Cruise Line
  6. Disney Magic – Disney Cruise Line
  7. MSC Seaview – MSC Cruises
  8. Symphony of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International
  9. Allure of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International
  10. Harmony of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International

#1 Large Cruise Ship: MSC Meraviglia, MSC Cruises

The 4,500-passenger MSC Meraviglia was introduced in 2017 and has quickly become known for its family-friendly modular staterooms, the private access MSC Yacht Club and numerous choices of on-board entertainment to enjoy. The ship is home to a dozen different dining venues to choose from, the longest LED dome at sea, a stunning Mediterranean-style promenade, a water park, five kids’ clubs and the very first custom-built Cirque du Soleil theater at sea.

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  1. MSC Meraviglia, MSC Cruises
  2. Sky Princess – Princess Cruises
  3. Symphony of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International
  4. Disney Dream – Disney Cruise Line
  5. Carnival Horizon – Carnival Cruise Line
  6. MSC Bellissima – MSC Cruises
  7. Allure of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International
  8. MSC Seaside – MSC Cruises
  9. Celebrity Reflection – Celebrity Cruises
  10. Norwegian Bliss – Norwegian Cruise Line

#1 Mid-Sized Cruise Ship: Koningsdam, Holland America Line

The 2,650-guest Koningsdam keeps passengers entertained with a two-story World Stage to Music Walk, in addition to a couple of other live music venues. At Explorations Central, passengers can explore more about upcoming destinations, or try a brand-new recipe at America’s Test Kitchen, explore the wilds with BBC Earth Experiences or create unique cocktails at Blend. Other amenities include a glass-roofed lido deck for viewing under-the-stars movies, family cabins and two pools.

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  1. Koningsdam, Holland America Line
  2. Carnival Sunshine – Carnival Cruise Line
  3. Disney Magic – Disney Cruise Line
  4. Nieuw Amsterdam – Holland America Line
  5. Celebrity Solstice – Celebrity Cruises
  6. Celebrity Edge – Celebrity Cruises
  7. Nieuw Statendam – Holland America Line
  8. Radiance of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International
  9. Disney Wonder – Disney Cruise Line
  10. Brilliance of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International

#1 Small Cruise Ship: Viking Sky, Viking Ocean Cruises

The 930-passenger Viking Sky feels more like a land based resort than a cruise ship and that’s because of its all-veranda staterooms, tasteful decorations and stylish public spaces for reading, relaxing or socializing. Many other little extras, like numerous USB ports, ocean-facing lounge chairs on the pool deck and floor-to-ceiling windows in most venues, create a very comfortable and lush sailing experience.

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  1. Viking Sky, Viking Ocean Cruises
  2. Viking Orion – Viking Ocean Cruises
  3. Paul Gauguin – Paul Gauguin Cruises
  4. Seabourn Encore – Seabourn Cruise Line
  5. Wind Surf – Windstar Cruises
  6. Seabourn Sojourn – Seabourn Cruise Line
  7. Seabourn Ovation – Seabourn Cruise Line
  8. Royal Clipper – Star Clippers
  9. SeaDream II – SeaDream Yacht Club
  10. Crystal Symphony – Crystal Cruises

#1 Ocean Cruise Line: Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking Cruises built its reputation over the years on its renowned affordable, destination-focused river cruises. With the debut of Viking Star in April 2015, the cruise company made a grand entrance into the market of ocean cruising. Now the cruise line has six ocean vessels with a seventh on the way. All Viking Ocean Cruises cabins include balconies and are notably larger than the industry average, and while the ships lack a casino and a kid’s club, they provide an equivalent destination-intensive programming that made river cruising so popular.

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  1. Viking Ocean Cruises
  2. MSC Cruises
  3. Princess Cruises
  4. Hurtigruten
  5. Seabourn Cruise Line
  6. Holland America Line
  7. Paul Gauguin Cruises
  8. Royal Caribbean International
  9. Celebrity Cruises
  10. Oceania Cruises

#1 River Cruise Line: Viking River Cruises

Founded in 1997, Viking River Cruises plies the waterways of Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt with its fleet of over 60 vessels. Even though the Viking company has also launched an award-winning ocean cruise line, its reputation has been built upon river cruising. These all-inclusive river cruises feature all outside staterooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, wine and beer with meals, shore excursions in every port and its Viking’s signature Culture Curriculum program.

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  1. Viking River Cruises
  2. AmaWaterways
  3. Vantage Deluxe World Travel
  4. Avalon Waterways
  5. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
  6. American Cruise Lines
  7. Scenic River Cruises
  8. American Queen Steamboat Company
  9. Emerald Waterways
  10. Riviera River Cruises

#1 River Cruise Ship: AmaMagna, AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways’ co-founder, co-owner and president, Rudi Schreiner, embarked on his pet project with AmaMagna and it ranks among the largest river cruise ships with it being twice as wide of its competitors. Guests enjoy suites with balconies, as well as the choice of 4 on-board restaurants, all of which are complimentary. AmaMagna also features the Zen Wellness Studio which includes a spacious fitness center with daily wellness programming.

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  1. AmaMagna, AmaWaterways
  2. S.S. Joie de Vivre – Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
  3. Viking Einar – Viking River Cruises
  4. Avalon Envision – Avalon Waterways
  5. American Song – American Cruise Lines
  6. American Duchess – American Queen Steamboat Company
  7. S.S. Maria Theresa – Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
  8. Emerald Destiny – Emerald Waterways
  9. AmaCerto – AmaWaterways
  10. Scenic Jasper – Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

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