The best cruise line for every type of traveller

Flickr / eGuide TravelThere’s a cruise line for every type of traveller.
  • Cruiseline.com used data from 30,000 reviews to learn which cruise line is best for certain types of travellers.
  • Overall, Royal Caribbean is the best cruise line to take.
  • If you prioritise cabin quality, food, drink, and friendship-oriented cruises, then Celebrity Cruises is the right line for you.
  • If you prioritise onboard activities and entertainment, Royal Caribbean is the right line for you.

When it comes to booking a cruise, there is an overwhelming number of options, and sometimes you may make the wrong choice and end up disappointed.

That’s why Cruiseline.com compiled data from over 30,000 online reviews to find out which cruise lines are the best for which type of traveller. Whether you love entertainment or prioritise food and drink, there is a cruise for you.

From the person travelling alone to the family travelling with small children, these are the cruise lines you should consider boarding on your next adventure.


Overall, the most popular and positively reviewed cruise line is Royal Caribbean with 4.32 out of 5 rating.

Fred Tanneau/ GettySymphony of the Seas is a Royal Caribbean ship.

Here are the runner ups:

2. Carnival Cruise Line with a score of 4.32 out of 5

3. Celebrity Cruises with a score of 4.31 out of 5

4. Disney Cruise Line with a score of 4.28 out of 5

5. Princess Cruises with a score of 4.26 out of 5


The most beloved cruise ship is Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas.

JORGE GUERRERO/ GettyRoyal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas.

Here are the runner-ups:

2. Allure of the Seas with a score of 4.52 out of 5

3. Carnival Dream with a score of 4.48 out of 5

4. Carnival Breeze with a score of 4.47 out of 5

5. Disney Dream with a score of 4.45 out of 5


Symphony of the Seas is also considered the best new ship.

Andia/ GettyRoyal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas.

Here are the runner-ups:

2. Celebrity Edge with a score of 4.28 out of 5

3. Carnival Horizon with a score of 4.28 out of 5

4. MSC Seaview with a score of 4.24 out of 5

5. Norwegian Bliss with a score of 4.20 out of 5


If you’re looking for the nicest cabins, those on Celebrity Cruises ranked the highest with a 4.44 out of 5 rating.

Heather Cowper/ FlickrStateroom aboard Celebrity Cruises’ Eclipse.

Here are the runner-ups:

2. Disney Cruise Line with a score of 4.41 out of 5

3. Royal Caribbean with a score of 4.36 out of 5

4. Cunard with a score of 4.36 out of 5

5. Viking Ocean Cruises with a score of 4.35 out of 5


If food and drink are most important to you, then Celebrity Cruises is the best with a 4.32 out of 5 rating.

Jim G/ FlickrDining aboard Celebrity Cruises’ Century.

Here are the runner-ups:

2. Disney Cruise Line with a score of 4.25 out of 5

3. Holland America Line with a score of 4.22 out of 5

4. Oceania Cruises with a score of 4.22 out of 5

5. Viking Ocean Cruises with a score of 4.21 out of 5


For onboard activities, Royal Caribbean has the best options with a 4.06 out of 5 rating.

Sun Sentinel/ GettyRoyal Caribbean’s bungee trampoline.

Here are the runner-ups:

2. Carnival Cruise Line with a score of 4.04 out of 5

3. Disney Cruise Line with a score of 3.97 out of 5

4. Celebrity Cruises with a score of 3.96 out of 5

5. Cunard with a score of 3.87 out of 5


If great service is important to you, Celebrity Cruises comes out on top with a rating of 4.61 out of 5.

Peter Bishoff/ GettyCelebrity Cruises’ Solstice.

Here are the runner-ups:

2. Disney Cruise Line with a score of 4.57 out of 5

3. Royal Caribbean with a score of 4.56 out of 5

4. Holland America with a score of 4.54 out of 5

5. Cunard with a score of 4.52 out of 5


If you love on-board entertainment, then Royal Caribbean is your best bet. It has a 4.15 out of 5 rating.

Alain Denantes/ GettyTheatre aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

Here are the runner-ups:

2. Carnival Cruise Line with a score of 4.12 out of 5

3. Disney Cruise Line with a score of 4.03 out of 5

4. Celebrity Cruises with a score of 4.02 out of 5

5. Princess Cruises with a score of 3.95 out of 5


If the quality of the ship is important to you, Disney Cruise Lines came out on top with a rating of 4.53 out of 5.

GTS Productions/ShutterstockDisney Cruise.

Here are the runner-ups:

2. Celebrity Cruises with a score of 4.51 out of 5

3. Viking Ocean Cruises with a score of 4.49 out of 5

4. Cunard with a score of 4.47 out of 5

5. Oceania Cruises with a score of 4.46 out of 5


If you haven’t been on a cruise before, Royal Caribbean is best for first-timers with a rating of 4.523 out of 5.

Jeff Greenberg/ GettyRoyal Caribbean’s Majesty.

Here are the runner-ups:

2. Celebrity Cruises with a score of 4.522 out of 5

3. Carnival Cruise Line with a score of 4.46 out of 5

4. Princess Cruises with a score of 4.39 out of 5

5. Norwegian Cruise Line with a score of 4.30 out of 5


The best cruise line for singles and friends is Celebrity Cruises with a rating of 4.39 out of 5.

Sebastien Salom Gomis/ GettyCelebrity Cruise’s Edge.

Here are the runner-ups:

2. Royal Caribbean with a score of 4.37 out of 5

3. Carnival Cruise Line with a score of 4.34 out of 5

4. Holland America with a score of 4.30 out of 5

5. Princess Cruises with a score of 4.29 out of 5


If you’re looking to get away with your significant other, Celebrity Cruises is also the best cruise line with a 4.37 out of 5 rating.

Paul J. Richards/GettyCouple in front of cruise ships.

Here are the runner-ups:

2. Royal Caribbean with a score of 4.36 out of 5

3. Carnival Cruise Line with a score of 4.33 out of 5

4. Cunard with a score of 4.29 out of 5

5. Holland America with a score of 4.28 out of 5


If you’re travelling with young children, Disney Cruise Line comes out on top with a score of 4.394 out of 5.

Maria Maarbes/ShutterstockFamilies aboard Disney Cruise Line’s Magic.

Here are the runner-ups:

2. Princess Cruises with a score of 4.392 out of 5

3. Royal Caribbean with a score of 4.30 out of 5

4. Carnival Cruise Line with a score of 4.27 out of 5

5. MSC Cruises with a score of 4.22 out of 5


If you’re travelling with teenagers, Royal Caribbean is your best option with a score of 4.36 out of 5.

Charles Sykes/ GettyTeens on Royal Caribbean.

Here are the runner-ups:

2. Celebrity Cruises with a score of 4.34 out of 5

3. Carnival Cruise Line with a score of 4.31 out of 5

4. Disney Cruise Line with a score of 4.28 out of 5

5. Princess Cruises with a score of 4.27 out of 5


Carnival Cruise Line has the best programs for kids with a score of 4 out of 5.

Greg Doherty/ GettyChildren aboard a Carnival Cruise.

Here are the runner-ups:

2. Royal Caribbean with a score of 3.96 out of 5

3. Disney Cruise Line with a score of 3.94 out of 5

4. Princess Cruises with a score of 3.71 out of 5

5. Celebrity Cruises with a score of 3.63 out of 5


If you’re travelling in a large group, Celebrity Cruises is the best option for you with a rating of 4.37 out of 5.

Kevork Djansezian/ GettyA crowd in front of a cruise ship.

Here are the runner-ups:

2. Royal Caribbean with a score of 4.35 out of 5

3. Holland America Line with a score of 4.289 out of 5

4. Carnival Cruise Line with a score of 4.288 out of 5

5. Princess Cruises with a score of 4.27 out of 5

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