Cruise NewsU.S. News Names the Best Cruise Lines for 2020

U.S. News Names the Best Cruise Lines for 2020

U.S. News has announced rankings for the best cruise lines in 2020, evaluating 176 cruise ships in 17 top cruise lines across six categories. The rankings help travelers select the best cruise by brand, region, traveler type and budget.

With its impressive list of amenities (including zip lines and ice skating rinks), abundance of dining options and variety of itineraries at an affordable price point, Royal Caribbean International takes the No. 1 spot as the Best Cruise Line for the Money. Viking Ocean Cruises is the No. 1 Best Cruise Line for Couples and Best Luxury Cruise Line thanks to its adult-focused environment and luxurious, romantic amenities, such as fireplaces in each ship’s common area and private verandas in every stateroom.

Disney Cruise Line, which offers ships tailored specifically to children and families, has remained the No. 1 Best Cruise Line for Families since U.S. News began ranking cruise lines. Additionally, for the seventh consecutive year, Disney is also the No. 1 Best Cruise Line in the Caribbean. Seabourn Cruise Line remains the No. 1 Best Cruise Line in the Mediterranean for 2020.

Cruise lines are also joining recent initiatives across many industries to become more environmentally conscious. Some lines are investing in liquefied natural gas-powered ships and eliminating single-use plastics on board to directly offset their environmental impact. Additionally, cruise lines are adding more unique sailing locations to their itinerary offerings as less-traveled destinations gain popularity, such as Antarctica, Madagascar and the Galapagos Islands.

2020 U.S. News Best Cruise Lines Rankings

For the Money
1. Royal Caribbean International (View Prices)
2. Celebrity Cruises (View Prices)
3. Norwegian Cruise Line (View Prices)

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For Luxury
1. Viking Ocean Cruises (View Prices)
2. Seabourn Cruise Line (View Prices)
3. Crystal Cruises (View Prices)

For Families
1. Disney Cruise Line (View Prices)
2. Royal Caribbean International (View Prices)
3. Carnival Cruise Line (View Prices)

For Couples
1. Viking Ocean Cruises (View Prices)
2. Seabourn Cruise Line (View Prices)
3. Crystal Cruises (View Prices)

In the Mediterranean
1. Seabourn Cruise Line (View Prices)
2. Crystal Cruises (View Prices)
3. Viking Ocean Cruises (View Prices)

In the Caribbean
1. Disney Cruise Line (View Prices)
2. Royal Caribbean International  (View Prices)
3. Seabourn Cruise Line (View Prices)

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Ben Souza
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3 COMMENTS

  1. You don’t bother to mention any cruise lines that have singles cruises, or dont they think that singles like to travel and relax?
    Being a widower, I enjoy cruising, but have no one to enjoy them with, anymore! I am not the only one that would take a cruise alone if it wouldn’t cost me double what any other passenger in the same cabin class would pay.
    Cruise lines discriminate against single people by basing fares on double occupancy!

    • I prefer traveling solo & have never paid double. You just need to be cruise savvy, know prices & times when best deals are available. MSC Divina has 5 night cruise Jan 12 at awesome prices. Been on it many times. Great food & entertainment with European vibe. If you’re only comfortable with “Americanized ships” (RCC, Celebrity, etc) this isn’t for you.

    • MSC offers some deals for single travelers in special room. Not exactly 1/2 of a double occupancy but not nearly the full price.

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