meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

US News Best Cruises Rankings

Found this and thought it would be interesting to share: 

http://travel.usnews.com/cruises/

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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BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

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

meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

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

 

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

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

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

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).

ashleebrown
Contributor Level: Captain

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.

AuntPinkie
Contributor Level: Captain

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

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

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

Kennicott
Contributor Level: Captain

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.      

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

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.

 

 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Some of the ratings really surprised me as well. 

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