Explore cruise lines

Every cruise line is different. Some sail enormous ships jam-packed with water slides and Vegas-style entertainment, while others deliver a more intimate onboard experience with onboard spas and gourmet cuisine. The vast majority of cruisers will end up sailing on a “mainstream” cruise line like Royal Caribbean or Carnival, but you should take the time to decide which type of cruise line fits your needs (and budget).

Mainstream cruise lines

Mainstream cruise lines cover a wide range of styles and preferences. Some attract die-hard partiers, others appeal to families, and a few even cater to those with a thirst for knowledge and exploration. What they do share in common is affordability, as fares typically range from $50-$150 per night. Entertainment, meals in the main dining room and buffet, and access to shipboard amenities like the pool are included, whereas speciality dining, soft drinks, alcohol and other services will cost extra.

Carnival Cruise Lines

Sails 29 Ships

Average rating of:

3.7
Cruises from $129

Celebrity Cruises

Sails 15 Ships

Average rating of:

4.0
Cruises from $240

Costa Cruises

Sails 18 Ships

Average rating of:

3.2
Cruises from $254

Disney Cruise Line

Sails 4 Ships

Average rating of:

4.4
Cruises from $706

Holland America Line

Sails 15 Ships

Average rating of:

3.9
Cruises from $349

MSC Cruises

Sails 19 Ships

Average rating of:

3.3
Cruises from $99

Norwegian Cruise Line

Sails 17 Ships

Average rating of:

3.5
Cruises from $209

Princess Cruises

Sails 21 Ships

Average rating of:

3.8
Cruises from $169

Royal Caribbean

Sails 28 Ships

Average rating of:

3.9
Cruises from $172

Virgin Voyages

Sails 2 Ships

Average rating of:

0.0
Cruises from $575

Premium cruise lines

Premium cruise lines are geared towards passengers who like to relax and explore in comfort with a vibe that's typically more laid-back, easy-going and social. Expect a slightly older demographic than a mainstream line, plus higher-quality cuisine, superior cabins, and fares from roughly $150-$300 per night. Some premium lines also include alcohol and specialty dining in addition to entertainment and access to the main dining areas.

Azamara Club Cruises

Sails 3 Ships

Average rating of:

4.2
Cruises from $1499

Cunard

Sails 3 Ships

Average rating of:

4.0
Cruises from $299

Hurtigruten Cruises

Sails 18 Ships

Average rating of:

4.7
Cruises from $2932

Oceania Cruises

Sails 6 Ships

Average rating of:

4.1
Cruises from $999

Paul Gauguin Cruises

Sails 2 Ships

Average rating of:

4.2
Cruises from $3314

Viking Ocean Cruises

Sails 11 Ships

Average rating of:

4.3
Cruises from $2499

Windstar Cruises

Sails 6 Ships

Average rating of:

4.3
Cruises from $1299

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Luxury cruise lines

Luxury cruise lines offer exquisite service, top-notch cuisine, and elegant accommodations. Fares cost at least $400 per night, although that price generally includes most onboard amenities like alcohol, dining, onboard classes, staff gratuities, and sometimes, your own personal butler. The most all-inclusive luxury lines even include flights and transfers to the airport.

Compagnie Du Ponant Yacht Cruises

Sails 12 Ships

Average rating of:

4.3
Cruises from $1510

Crystal Cruises

Sails 4 Ships

Average rating of:

4.4
Cruises from $2272

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Sails 5 Ships

Average rating of:

4.1
Cruises from $3099

Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

Sails 1 Ships

Average rating of:

0.0
Cruises from $4700

Seabourn

Sails 9 Ships

Average rating of:

4.2
Cruises from $2499

SeaDream Yacht Club

Sails 3 Ships

Average rating of:

5.0
Cruises from $2999

Silversea Cruises

Sails 13 Ships

Average rating of:

3.9
Cruises from $3870

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River cruise lines

River cruise lines have smaller ships capable of sailing to inland ports beyond the reach of larger ocean-going vessels. Most river itineraries sail through America or Europe, although Asian river cruises are becoming increasingly popular. River cruises are more about the destination than the ship, so expect an older crowd with little onboard entertainment or after-hours socializing. Prices vary widely, but most river cruises will cost upwards of $250 per night, with lines often including dining, alcohol, gratuities, and even shore excursions.

AmaWaterways

Sails 30 Ships

Average rating of:

4.7
Cruises from $1649

American Cruise Line

Sails 13 Ships

Average rating of:

3.0
Cruises from $2120

American Queen Steamboat

Sails 4 Ships

Average rating of:

3.1
Cruises from $1598

APT Cruising

Sails 28 Ships

Average rating of:

0.0
Cruises from $

Avalon Waterways

Sails 40 Ships

Average rating of:

4.3
Cruises from $724

Crystal River Cruises

Sails 5 Ships

Average rating of:

4.5
Cruises from $3061

Emerald Waterways

Sails 7 Ships

Average rating of:

5.0
Cruises from $

Uniworld River Cruises

Sails 29 Ships

Average rating of:

4.2
Cruises from $2599

Viking River Cruises

Sails 97 Ships

Average rating of:

3.9
Cruises from $1999

Learn more about river cruise lines