The Best Cruise Lines for 10 Types of Cruisers

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Here are 10 considerations a vacationer might have, paired with the line that answers them best – from travel expert Jason Cochran.

“I want to feel like I’m in Titanic”

Sinking aside, the grand liner experience is one worth cherishing, and it lives on in just one brand: Cunard Line, which has been sailing since the 1830s.

“I want to see Europe”

Most of the major lines (including Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Disney) make summer forays into Europe, but my advice is to stick with ships that are on the smaller side.

“I wanna party!”

Belly up to the casino bar on a Carnival ship, my friend. Most of the vessels in the Carnival fleet, while jammed with opportunities to drink and eat yourself into a stupor, are fairly indistinguishable from each other thanks to being dominated by long-time designer Joe Farcus.

“I’m a foodie”

Holland America offers a Culinary Arts Center program, where passengers can learn hands-on cooking skills and delve into the local cuisine of the ports they visit. Oceania Cruises’ new ship, the Marina, has a Culinary Center with a similar experience, itself linked to Bon Appétit.

“I don’t want to cruise”

Seabourn Cruise Line is an ultra-luxury line that separates itself from the hoi polo. Two lines with a similar profile, but with slightly less tony standards, are Azamara Club Cruises and Oceania Cruises.

“I don’t want to fly far to cruise”

People around Florida’s East Coast and New York City have their pick of itineraries, but Carnival is the most conscientious about porting ships throughout the United States so that more passengers can drive to their vacations.

“I’m traveling solo”

The Norwegian Epic became the hero of the unwed in 2010 when it introduced a special category of single cabins for solo traveler.

“I have kids under 12”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Disney Cruise Line is the top choice, and the reason doesn’t have as much do with the brand’s characters as you might think.

“My teen-agers get bored quickly”

For active kids, there’s Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. The line has worked hard to set itself apart as a high-adrenaline product.

“I’m not going with kids, but I want to be busy”

Princess Cruises seems right for those who aren’t in the mood to be overwhelmed by gimmicks, but want to retain a little of the mall-inspired extravagance that prevails in today’s ships.

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