Best cruise lines for Caribbean Cruises

The best cruise lines for caribbean cruises as ranked by verified reviews submitted over the past 12 months. This list is continuously updated as we receive new reviews from our members, so be sure to check back often! Note, a minimum of 40 reviews are required to be part of this list.

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Crystal Cruises

Category: Luxury
Ship size: S, M, XL
4.4
188 Reviews Ratings
Crystal Cruises

Travelers who want excellent service without stuffiness or dated formality flock to these two medium-size luxury ships, which wow passengers as they circumvent the globe. The two specialty restaurants are especially memorable: Silk Road, the Nobu Matsuhisa spot, serves up sushi and Japanese cuisine; Prego, helmed by Piero Selvaggio of L.A.’s Valentino, offers California-in...

Cruises from $1469

Viking Ocean Cruises

Category: Premium
Ship size: S, XL
4.3
217 Reviews Ratings
Viking Ocean Cruises

Ushering in a new era of ocean cruising, Viking brings their signature award-winning river cruise experience to the sea. Continuing the Viking tradition of destination focus and longer time in ports, Viking Star debuts in 2015, to be joined by sister ships Viking Sea and Viking Sky in 2016. Accommodating just 930 guests, these elegant state-of-the-art ships will feature al...

Cruises from $2299

Windstar Cruises

Category: Premium
Ship size: S, XL
4.3
158 Reviews Ratings
Windstar Cruises

Families with older teens and couples — including honeymooners — who like the idea of sailing, without the need for actual wind, book cruises on these ships. The open teak decks, towering masts, and flapping sails look majestic, even when the engines are doing the work. You can water-ski, sail, kayak, and snorkel off the ships’ retractable marinas when at anchor, three to ...

Cruises from $1299

Seabourn

Category: Luxury
Ship size: S, XL
4.2
155 Reviews Ratings
Seabourn

These ships can dock in smaller ports, like the mouth of a fjord or Kotor, Montenegro. But you’ll remember the onboard experience as much as the destinations: The line’s spa suites offer direct access to the thermal area, which is considered the finest at sea. Best of all, most itineraries offer a Marina Day, when the crew unfurls a marina complete with a saltwater pool.

Cruises from $2499

Oceania Cruises

Category: Premium
Ship size: S, M
4.1
634 Reviews Ratings
Oceania Cruises

Sophisticated travelers who like food, wine, design, and art, as well as a casually elegant atmosphere, flock to this line. In addition to three 15-year-old former Renaissance ships — the Nautica, Regatta, and Insignia — Oceania has two new builds: the Riviera and Marina. The new ships may be the “foodiest” at sea, with the eponymous Jacques Pepin bistro and an authentic P...

Cruises from $999

4.1
302 Reviews Ratings
Regent Seven Seas Cruises

These are the most all-inclusive cruises at sea, and those who like the one-price-covers-all concept will love that fares include alcohol, tips, round-trip airfare, a pre-cruise hotel night, and a selection of shore excursions in every port. Guests staying on the concierge level or higher also get complimentary Wi-Fi. The atmosphere onboard isn’t stuffy: There are only for...

Cruises from $2899

Celebrity Cruises

Category: Mainstream
Ship size: S, M, L, XL
4.0
11501 Reviews Ratings
Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity, the first to grow real grass and build a serious art collection, has long been one of the most innovative lines. These cruises draw couples, families, and groups who want style and comfort without luxury-line fares. The wide scope of daytime activities ranges from the educational (think technology classes) to the playful, such as water volleyball matches with sh...

Cruises from $149

Cunard

Category: Premium
Ship size: M, L
4.0
579 Reviews Ratings
Cunard

Anglophiles and those wanting to relive the glory days of ocean liners are drawn to this venerable fleet, which focuses on ocean crossings more than any other line. The atmosphere is sophisticated — many passengers are retirees — and the focus is on high-quality daytime activities, including lectures, classes, and movies in real theaters. The onboard pub serves up fish and...

Cruises from $199

Royal Caribbean

Category: Mainstream
Ship size: L, XL
3.9
50381 Reviews Ratings
Royal Caribbean

This is a great choice for families — second only to Disney Cruise Line and significantly less expensive. It’s also ideal for sporty travelers: The line’s adrenaline rush-driven activities — the best at sea — include rock-climbing, surf simulations, ice skating, ziplining, inline skating, and boxing (in a real ring). Entertainment choices feature high-dive shows on Oasis o...

Cruises from $166

Holland America Line

Category: Mainstream
Ship size: M, L, XL
3.9
7257 Reviews Ratings
Holland America Line

Multigenerational families and (often older) well-seasoned travelers love these sophisticated, if staid, ships. The understated professionalism of the crew and staff stands out: If minimalism and competence help you relax at a time when travel comes with considerable anxiety, you’ll rest easy onboard. The well-stocked New York Times-branded libraries have a way of making l...

Cruises from $99