Well respected U.S. News & World Report has announced its 2020 Best Cruise Lines rankings which evaluated 176 ships in 17 of the top cruise lines across six categories. The findings factored in evaluations from cruise industry experts, health assessments conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, price classes, itinerary offerings, and reputation among travelers. The final rankings reflect offerings across the whole fleet of each line instead of data on individual ships within each fleet and also the varying services each may include.
Royal Caribbean came in at number one within the Best Cruise Line for the Money category, whereas Viking Ocean Cruises earned the highest spot in both the Best Luxury Cruise Line and Best Cruise Line for Couples categories because of its high-end amenities, adult-focused ambiance, and romantic touches like private verandas in every cabin and fireplaces in common areas.
No surprise, Disney Cruise Line maintained its hold on the top spot for Best Cruise Lines for Families once more where it’s earned this distinction in each one of U.S. News’ annual rankings. This year, it additionally won Best Cruise Line in the Caribbean for the seventh consecutive year. Rounding out the list of winners, Seabourn Cruise Line remained the number one Best Cruise Line in the Mediterranean for 2020.
Among the new and notable trends within the cruise industry this year are the intensifying eco-conscious initiatives with major investments in liquefied natural gas-powered ships, the elimination in onboard single-use plastics, and also the addition of a lot of offbeat destinations like the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica in response to the cruising public’s growing appetite for adventure.
Scroll through the below to check which cruise lines the publication rated as the best for the money, for couples, for families, for luxury and sail to the Caribbean and Mediterranean.