US News Best Cruises Rankings

Found this and thought it would be interesting to share:

Breaks down the best cruises in a number of categories. Not sure how they managed the rankings, but I know I was surprised by what cruise-lines ended where. 

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I wonder how they came to figure that Celebrity (1) was more budget-friendly than Carnival (4)?

That's what I was saying! I totally expected Carnival to be the leader for budget friendly.

Does Celebrity include more without charges than Carnival does ? I know that we hear a lot about nickels and dimes.

If you subtract all the "included" packages, the price is comparable to Princess -- about 25% higher than Carnival (a totally made up percentage, just rough figuring in my head).

In return, you get a calmer passenger base, upscale furnishings and fancier bars.

As far as budget friendly, I would rate Carnival number 1, Royal Caribbean number 2 and Celebrity and Princess a close match for number 3 (I have no knowledge of HAL or NCL or other lines, so they are not included in my own ratings).

I, too, am surprised that Carnival isn't #1 for budget friendly. That's why we cruise them so frequently.

I am also surprised I don't see Princess on the top 3 for any. I've not personally cruised Princess, but I've heard good things. We have a friend who's about to take his 48th cruise with them.

I suppose we would be wise to check more options once we know when and where we want to cruise. Our first Princess cruise was only $225 (total) more than a comparable Carnival cruise and it was on the newest Princess ship (which is why we wanted to book it in the first place). I do think Carnival is still the "biggest bang for the buck"... but maybe some more research is in my future. Wink

Check the other thread on this. They used traveler ratings for 50% on its rankings so I guess you could say they rating was cause of us ... kind of sort of.

I wasn’t very impressed with their evaluation consistency. In one category they appear to rate value (cheap) as number one consideration, in another they rank a number of luxury cruise lines high, but make no mention of the extreme costs. Since we have cruised in most of these areas of the world on both a luxury line and average mass markets lines, most of this makes little sense to me. Be wary.

They rated "Best for the money" not the least expensive. I can see how Celebrity is the best for the money. For what you pay on Celebrity you do get a more and nicer then other lines that charge that amount. For least expensive per night it would be Carnival and NCL.

Some of the ratings really surprised me as well.


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