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These Are The Best Cruise Lines For 2023 According To A New Poll

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Cruises are back with a vengeance and are welcoming passengers in record numbers, despite soaring prices.

While it has long been a favorite way to travel, cruising is only becoming more and more popular as travelers continue to seek out stress-free vacations where much of the planning is done for them.

Birds fly above a large cruise ship in the ocean

Often, the only stressful part is making sure to choose a cruise that suits your travel desires (that and making sure you don’t miss the boat!).

But with so many options in the world of cruising, it can be hard to know where to start.

Conveniently, USA Today has just released its list of the best in cruising for 2023. To determine the winners, a curated list was ranked by readers, and the result was a comprehensive ranking of all types of cruises. So who came out on top?

A cruise ship passenger lounges in the sun on a chair

Best Adventure Cruise Line

For the sixth year in a row, Adventure Canada topped the Adventure Cruise category. The company offers a variety of small-ship expedition cruises in both off-the-grid locations and more mainstream destinations.

Popular cruises include a trip around the entirety of Iceland, a journey through the Northwest Passage, and an Antarctic Whale Journey.

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An Expedition cruise sets sail in the northwest passage

Best Boutique Cruise Line

SeaDream Yacht Club was voted the top Boutique Cruise Line. The line’s two ships have an impressive crew-to-passenger ratio. With an onboard staff of 95 and a maximum passenger capacity of 112, guests can expect superior service.

Best Cruise Line For Solo Travelers

With solo traveling on the rise, cruise lines are putting more effort into welcoming passengers who are setting sail alone. The cruise line that is doing the best in this realm is Holland America Line.

While the company’s robust programming offers plenty of opportunities for solo travelers to join in, they also offer solo-specific events like parties just for solo travelers and a roommate matching service.  

A Holland American Cruise ship passes by a mountain

Best Cruise Line For Dining

Cruisers have spoken and determined that Carnival Horizon is hands down the best when it comes to food. Guests have so many options to suit their tastes.

Some of the most popular options include a Teppanyaki restaurant, a family-style Italian trattoria, and two restaurants perfect for meat lovers with menus designed by Guy Fieri.

Best Cruise Ship For Entertainment

Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Beyond has been voted the best ship for onboard entertainment.

This is a well-deserved title, as the ship is home to a state-of-the-art theatre and several lively venues, including a jazz club, a speakeasy, and a three-story venue that changes each night.

an arial view of the Celebrity Beyond cruise ship

Best Family Cruise

Families who choose Princess Cruises Regal Princess will not have to worry about entertaining their kids. The ship is a literal playground for families with so much to do.

With age-specific clubhouses with non-stop activities and staterooms designed for families, the Regal Princess is a great choice for a family vacation.

Best Large Cruise Ship

With a capacity of 3,660 passengers, the Sky Princess has been ranked as the best large cruise ship.

The ship is Princess Cruise’s newest boat and has become a fast favorite for its classy entertainment venues, great dining options, and comfortable staterooms.

CARIBBEAN SEA - MARCH 29, 2017 : Open deck of Royal Princess ship. Royal Princess is operated by Princess Cruises line and has a capacity of 3600 passengers

Best Mid-Sized Cruise Ship

Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Sunshine was voted the best mid-sized cruise ship.

With room for 3,000 passengers, it is smaller than many of the other Carnival ships but still has all the fun guests have come to expect.

The WaterWorks waterpark is a favorite place to cool off, while adventure-seekers love the ropes course for a thrill.

Best Small Cruise Ship

SeaDream Yacht Club’s SeaDream II prides itself on offering more of a yacht experience than a cruise.

With room for just 112 passengers and a high crew-to-guest ratio, the SeaDream II offers an intimate experience and is perfect for a romantic getaway.

By day, couples can enjoy a variety of watersports or lounge on the deck on the comfortable Balinese Dream Beds.

By night, passengers have a choice of delectable dining and drinking options, as well as entertainment at the casino, the cinema, and the elegant piano bar.

SeaDream Yachts I and II in a bay

Best Ocean Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line takes the cake as the best ocean cruise line. Carnival has always been known for its variety of entertainment onboard its ships and is no stranger to awards.

There is always something fun to do, making it a great option for cruisers who just want to relax and enjoy all the amenities of an ocean cruise at their fingertips.

Best River Cruise Line

For the second year in a row, Avalon Waterways has been crowned the best river cruise line. Avalon is known for providing guests with a luxury personalized experience, meaning that passengers get exactly what they want out of their cruise.

While most of its ships sail throughout Europe, Avalon also has sailings in Asia, South America, and Africa.

Rear view of tourist woman ready for boarding on passenger ship

Best River Cruise Ship

The best river cruise ship is the Avalon Envision ­– one of Avalon Waterway’s newer ships.

Panorama Suites offer passengers wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows and open-air balconies to enjoy the passing scenery along Europe’s waterways. The Envision also boasts excellent dining options and an impressive observation lounge.

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