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Your Top 20 Cruise Line & Ship Ratings

The scores shown below reflect the average overall satisfaction ratings submitted by Cruise Reviews Online readers. Click on a link for more information about the cruise line and it's fleet of ships.

Azamara

80.0

Carnival

70.6

Celebrity

83.9

Costa

61.7

Cruise West

56.0

Crystal

93.3

Cunard

73.3

Disney

88.0

Holland America

76.0

MSC Cruises

75.0

NCL

58.1

Oceania

83.3

Princess

74.4

Regent

81.7

Royal Caribbean

81.6

Sea Dream

96.0

Silversea

96.0

Star Clippers

96.0

Tauck

92.0

Viking

76.0

Windstar

84.0

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Top 10 Large-Ship Cruise Lines*

2010

Rank

2009

Rank

2008

Rank

Name Score
1 1 1 Crystal Cruises 90.67
2 2 2 Regent Seven Seas Cruises 88.71
3 3 4 Disney Cruise Line 82.50
4 4 3 Oceania Cruises 81.32
5 5 5 Cunard Line 80.07
6 6 6 Celebrity Cruises 78.37
9 7 7 Holland America 77.92
7 8 9 Princess Cruises 75.80
8 9 10 Royal Caribbean 73.09
10 10 - Norwegian Cruise Line 68.26

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2011

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1 3 3 Seabourn Cruise Line 88.00
2 2 1 SeaDream Yacht Club 87.37
3 1 - Silversea Cruises 86.17
4 4 6 Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises 85.88
5 6 - Windstar Cruises 84.32
6 - -  Abercrombie & Kent 82.09
7 7 - Viking River Cruises 80.89
8 8 - Uniworld River Cruises 80.77
9 9 - Avalon Waterways River Cruises 77.38
10 10 - AMA Waterways River Cruises 74.54

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CRUISE SHIP RATINGS

Small Ships
Polaris (Lindblad Expeditions), 100
SeaDream II (Sea Dream Yacht Club), 100
Seabourn Spirit (Seabourn), 98.5
Silver Shadow (Silversea), 98.1
Silver Cloud (Silversea), 98.0
Small Ships
Mozart (Peter Deilmann), 100
Polaris (Lindbald Expeditions), 100
Silver Cloud (Silversea), 97.0
River Countess (Uniworld), 96.8
Medium Ships
Crystal Serenity (Crystal), 98.3
Seven Seas Mariner (Radisson Seven Seas), 97.4
Crystal Symphony (Crystal), 97.2
Seven Seas Voyager (Radisson Seven Seas), 95.6
Medium Ships
Crystal Serenity (Crystal), 98.3
Tahitian Princess (Princess), 97.8
Regatta (Oceania), 96.0
Marco Polo (Orient), 95.8
Large Ships
Constellation (Celebrity), 93.4
Galaxy (Celebrity), 93.3
Summit (Celebrity), 91.7
Disney Wonder (Disney), 91.3
Radiance of the Seas (Royal Caribbean), 91.3
Large Ships
Island Princess (Princess), 92.0
Galaxy (Celebrity), 91.8
Brilliance of the Seas (Royal Caribbean), 91.6
Constellation (Celebrity), 90.9
Small Ships
SeaDream II (SeaDream Yacht Club), 100
Seabourn Legend (Seabourn), 96.9
Seabourn Spirit (Seabourn), 96.9
Seabourn Pride (Seabourn), 96.4
Small Ships
Silver Whisper (Silversea), 98.0
Silver Wind (Silversea), 97.4
Silver Shadow (Silversea), 97.1
Seabourn Spirit (Seabourn), 96.9
Medium Ships
Crystal Serenity (Crystal), 97.4
Crystal Symphony (Crystal), 95.4
Seven Seas Mariner (Radisson Seven Seas), 93.8
Seven Seas Voyager (Radisson Seven Seas), 93.4
Medium Ships
Seven Seas Mariner (Radisson Seven Seas), 95.9
Seven Seas Voyager (Radisson Seven Seas), 95.7
Crystal Serenity (Crystal), 93.0
Crystal Symphony (Crystal), 91.2
Large Ships
Mercury (Celebrity), 87.8
Millenium (Celebrity), 87.8
Century (Celebrity), 87.7
Galaxy (Celebrity), 87.2
Large Ships
Constellation (Celebrity), 91.2
Serenade of the Seas (Royal Caribbean), 89.2
Summit (Celebrity), 88.7
Disney Wonder (Disney), 88

Small Ships

500 passengers or less

They're the boutique hotels of the cruise industry. Carrying fewer than 500 passengers each, they are small enough to skim into tiny, shallow harbors—the kind you find in remote, exotic places. The Seabourn Spirit sets the standard.

Small Ships

Top 10 Rated Small Cruise Ships

20 More Honorable Mentions...

1.
Seabourn Spirit
Seabourn, 97.7

COMMENTS
Ship is now a Wi-Fi hot spot; sails Africa, Asia, Mediterranean.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 208

Value: E
RATINGS
Overall: 97.7
Itineraries: 100
Crew/Service: 100
Cabins/Design: 97.1
Food/Dining: 97.1
Activities/Facilities: 94.3

2.
Paul Gauguin
Radisson Seven Seas, 95.5

COMMENTS
Crew-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.5; sails French Polynesia exclusively.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 320

Value: E
RATINGS
Overall: 95.5
Itineraries: 96.5
Crew/Service: 97.4
Cabins/Design: 95.7
Food/Dining: 94.8
Activities/Facilities: 93.0

3.
Silver Cloud
Silversea, 95.5

COMMENTS
Refurbished in 2004; sails Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, South America.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 296

Value: G
RATINGS
Overall: 95.5
Itineraries: 98.8
Crew/Service: 97.6
Cabins/Design: 96.4
Food/Dining: 95.3
Activities/Facilities: 89.4

4.
Silver Wind
Silversea, 95.3

COMMENTS
Tripoli added to ports of call; sails Africa, Europe, Seychelles, South America.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 296

Value: G
RATINGS
Overall: 95.3
Itineraries: 100
Crew/Service: 95.7
Cabins/Design: 95.7
Food/Dining: 93.6
Activities/Facilities: 91.5

5.
Silver Shadow
Silversea, 94.9

COMMENTS
Its 100-day cruise travels from San Diego to Venice.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 382

Value: G
RATINGS
Overall: 94.9
Itineraries: 96.3
Crew/Service: 97.5
Cabins/Design: 98.7
Food/Dining: 94.9
Activities/Facilities: 87.3

6.
Silver Whisper
Silversea, 94.1

COMMENTS
Golf clinics on board; sails eastern Canada, Caribbean, Europe.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 382

Value: VG
RATINGS
Overall: 94.1
Itineraries: 93.7
Crew/Service: 96.2
Cabins/Design: 98.7
Food/Dining: 96.2
Activities/Facilities: 85.9

7.
Seabourn Legend
Seabourn, 93.6

COMMENTS
Seabourn's youngest ship; sails Caribbean, Central America, Europe.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 208

Value: G
RATINGS
Overall: 93.6
Itineraries: 96.1
Crew/Service: 97.3
Cabins/Design: 91.9
Food/Dining: 97.3
Activities/Facilities: 85.3

8.
Seven Seas Navigator
Radisson Seven Seas, 93.0

COMMENTS
More than 67 cubic feet per passenger; sails Central America, Europe, South Pacific.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 490

Value: VG
RATINGS
Overall: 93.0
Itineraries: 88.4
Crew/Service: 97.1
Cabins/Design: 95.7
Food/Dining: 94.2
Activities/Facilities: 89.9

9.
Yorktown Clipper
Clipper, 91.8

COMMENTS
Has an American crew; sails Alaska, Caribbean, Central America, North America.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 138

Value: E

RATINGS
Overall: 91.8
Itineraries: 100
Crew/Service: 100
Cabins/Design: 74.1
Food/Dining: 96.3
Activities/Facilities: 88.5

10.
Radisson Diamond
Radisson Seven Seas, 91.1

COMMENTS

No longer sails for Radisson
Twin hulls result in exceptional stability; sails caribbean, Central America, Europe.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 350

Value: E

RATINGS
Overall: 91.1
Itineraries: 90.9
Crew/Service: 95.8
Cabins/Design: 88.2
Food/Dining: 94.1
Activities/Facilities: 86.6

Seabourn Pride
Seabourn, 90.4
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12.

Wind Surf
Windstar, 89.9
13.
Explorer II
Abercrombie & Kent, 88.7
14.
Wind Spirit
Windstar, 88.5
15.
Wind Star
Windstar, 87.4
16.
Mozart
Peter Deilmann, 87.1
17.
Polaris
Lindblad Expeditions, 86.7
18.
Royal Clipper
Star Clippers, 85.9
19.
Endeavour
Lindblad Expeditions, 85.2
20.
Queen of the West
American West Steamboat Co., 84.2
21.
American Queen
Delta Queen Steamboat Co. 82.7
 
22.
Viking Europe
Viking River Cruises, 82.7
23.
Spirit of Endeavour
Cruise West, 82.2
24.
Spirit of '98
Cruise West, 80.6
25.
Clipper Odyssey
Clipper, 80.4
26.
Viking Pride
Viking River Cruises, 79.9
27.
Sea Lion
Lindblad Expeditions, 79.2
28.
Star Clipper
Star Clippers, 77.7
29.
Oberoi Philae
Oberoi Nile Cruises, 76.2
30.
Yankee Clipper
Windjammer, 75.0

Medium Ships

Between 500 to 1500 passengers

Like small luxury resorts, these ships are scaled for intimacy and carry from 500 to 1,500 passengers—but with enough space to allow grandeur in their design. The list is topped this year by Radisson Seven Seas.

Medium Ships

Top 10 Rated Medium Cruise Ships

9 More Honorable Mentions

1.
Seven Seas Voyager
Radisson Seven Seas, 95.6

COMMENTS
Smallest cabin measures 356 square feet; sails Caribbean, Central America, Europe, the world.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 700

Value: E
RATINGS
Overall: 95.6
Itineraries: 95.2
Crew/Service: 97.6
Cabins/Design: 96.4
Food/Dining: 96.4
Activities/Facilities: 92.7

2.
Crystal Harmony
Crystal, 95.3

COMMENTS
Onboard classes from calligraphy to pastry-making; sails Alaska, Asia, Caribbean, Hawaii.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 940

Value: G
RATINGS
Overall: 95.3
Itineraries: 96.2
Crew/Service: 97.5
Cabins/Design: 91.1
Food/Dining: 98.1
Activities/Facilities: 93.6

3.
Crystal Serenity
Crystal, 95.1

COMMENTS
Newest and largest of the three Crystal ships; sails Asia, Caribbean, Europe, South Pacific.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 1,080

Value: G
RATINGS
Overall: 95.1
Itineraries: 95.7
Crew/Service: 97.8
Cabins/Design: 88.4
Food/Dining: 97.8
Activities/Facilities: 95.6

4.
Crystal Symphony
Crystal, 93.2

COMMENTS
Crystal inaugurated its own wine label; sails the Americas, Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 940

Value: G
RATINGS
Overall: 93.2
Itineraries: 94.1
Crew/Service: 95.1
Cabins/Design: 91.3
Food/Dining: 95.1
Activities/Facilities: 90.3

5.
Seven Seas Mariner
Radisson Seven Seas, 92.9

COMMENTS
Sister ship to the newer Seven Seas Voyager; sails Alaska, Asia, Caribbean, South America.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 700

Value: VG
RATINGS
Overall: 92.9
Itineraries: 91.5
Crew/Service: 95.8
Cabins/Design: 95.8
Food/Dining: 95.8
Activities/Facilities: 85.5

6.
Tahitian Princess
Princess, 88.9

COMMENTS
Top-rated among Princess's ships for Itineraries; sails French Polynesia, Hawaii.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 670

Value: VG
RATINGS
Overall: 88.9
Itineraries: 98.4
Crew/Service: 91.4
Cabins/Design: 89.8
Food/Dining: 79.7
Activities/Facilities: 84.7

7.
Amsterdam
Holland America, 85.0

COMMENTS
Flagship of the 12-ship fleet; sails Alaska, Asia, Hawaii, Pacific Northwest, South America.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 1,380

Value: G
RATINGS
Overall: 85.0
Itineraries: 91.6
Crew/Service: 90.8
Cabins/Design: 82.0
Food/Dining: 78.9
Activities/Facilities: 81.4

8.
Rotterdam
Holland America, 84.9

COMMENTS
One of the four Holland America ships that sail Caribbean, Europe, South America.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 1,316

Value: VG
RATINGS
Overall: 84.9
Itineraries: 88.6
Crew/Service: 90.3
Cabins/Design: 82.4
Food/Dining: 82.3
Activities/Facilities: 80.6

9.
Zaandam
Holland America, 84.9

COMMENTS
Like other Holland America ships, offers 24-hour room service; sails Alaska, Caribbean.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 1,440

Value: VG
RATINGS
Overall: 84.9
Itineraries: 81.1
Crew/Service: 89.4
Cabins/Design: 88.5
Food/Dining: 83.6
Activities/Facilities: 81.8

10.
Ryndam
Holland America, 81.7

COMMENTS
New Culinary Arts Program offers tastings and classes; sails Alaska, Mexico, Pacific Northwest.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 1,258

Value: G
RATINGS
Overall: 81.7
Itineraries: 84.7
Crew/Service: 89.2
Cabins/Design: 79.9
Food/Dining: 79.1
Activities/Facilities: 75.8

Veendam
Holland America, 81.6
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12.

Maasdam
Holland America, 81.5
13.
Regatta
Oceania, 81.2
14.
Pacific Princess
Princess, 79.4
15.
Volendam
Holland America, 79.1
16.
Royal Princess
Princess, 78.3
17.
Horizon
Celebrity, 78.1
18.
Zenith
Celebrity, 77.0
19.
Statendam
Holland America, 76.3
 

Large Ships

1500 or more passengers

Truly great ships—and getting greater in every way. These vessels carry a minimum of 1,500 passengers; indeed, some carry 4,000. Celebrity's Infinity, and Constellation, achieves the highest scores yet for a large ship.

Large Ships

Top 10 Rated Large Cruise Ships

20 More Honorable Mentions

1.
Infinity
Celebrity, 90.3

COMMENTS
Top-rated for Crew/Service and Food/Dining among large ships; sails Alaska, Hawaii, South America.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 1,950

Value: E
RATINGS
Overall: 90.3
Itineraries: 92.3
Crew/Service: 95.8
Cabins/Design: 88.0
Food/Dining: 89.4
Activities/Facilities: 86.0

 

2.

Constellation
Celebrity, 90.0

COMMENTS
Has added 128 Concierge Class staterooms; sails Canada, Caribbean, Europe.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 1,950

Value: E
RATINGS
Overall: 90.0
Itineraries: 94.4
Crew/Service: 91.6
Cabins/Design: 87.7
Food/Dining: 89.4
Activities/Facilities: 86.6

3.
Island Princess
Princess, 90.0

COMMENTS
The highest scoring Princess ship; sails Alaska, Hawaii, North America.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 1,970

Value: E
RATINGS
Overall: 90.0
Itineraries: 93.4
Crew/Service: 93.5
Cabins/Design: 85.5
Food/Dining: 85.5
Activities/Facilities: 91.9

4.
Mercury
Celebrity, 87.9

COMMENTS
Personal trainers available; sails Alaska, California, Mexico.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 1,870

Value: E
RATINGS
Overall: 87.9
Itineraries: 90.1
Crew/Service: 94.4
Cabins/Design: 83.8
Food/Dining: 88.2
Activities/Facilities: 82.8

5.
Summit
Celebrity, 87.7

COMMENTS
Has an onboard botanical conservatory; sails Alaska, Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 1,950

Value: E
RATINGS
Overall: 87.7
Itineraries: 91.7
Crew/Service: 94.2
Cabins/Design: 83.5
Food/Dining: 86.8
Activities/Facilities: 82.6

6.
Galaxy
Celebrity, 87.1

COMMENTS
The only Celebrity ship with a cigar bar; sails Europe, Mediterranean, Panama Canal.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 1,870

Value: VG
RATINGS
Overall: 87.1
Itineraries: 89.7
Crew/Service: 93.2
Cabins/Design: 84.8
Food/Dining: 88.3
Activities/Facilities: 79.5

7.
Golden Princess
Princess, 86.8

COMMENTS
Now does seven-day New England sailings in fall; sails Caribbean, Europe, North America.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 2,600

Value: VG
RATINGS
Overall: 86.8
Itineraries: 86.6
Crew/Service: 91.9
Cabins/Design: 87.2
Food/Dining: 82.6
Activities/Facilities: 85.9

8.
Coral Princess
Princess, 86.5

COMMENTS
Of its 879 outside cabins, 84 percent have balconies; sails Alaska, Caribbean, Central America.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 1,970

Value: VG
RATINGS
Overall: 86.5
Itineraries: 87.1
Crew/Service: 89.7
Cabins/Design: 85.3
Food/Dining: 85.3
Activities/Facilities: 85.3

9.
Millennium
Celebrity, 86.4

COMMENTS
Instituting onboard acupuncture services; sails Caribbean, Europe.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 1,950

Value: G

RATINGS
Overall: 86.4
Itineraries: 90.5
Crew/Service: 89.1
Cabins/Design: 84.9
Food/Dining: 85.6
Activities/Facilities: 81.7

10.
Oosterdam
Holland America, 85.7

COMMENTS
Top-rated among large ships for Cabins/Design; sails Alaska, Caribbean, North America.

AT A GLANCE
Passengers: 1,848

Value: VG
RATINGS
Overall: 85.7
Itineraries: 80.4
Crew/Service: 89.3
Cabins/Design: 92.9
Food/Dining: 82.1
Activities/Facilities: 83.9

Century
Celebrity, 85.3
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12.

Dawn Princess
Princess, 85.1
13.
Explorer of the Seas
Royal Caribbean, 83.7
14.
Radiance of the Seas
Royal Caribbean, 83.4
15.
Legend of the Seas
Royal Caribbean, 83.3
16.
Serenade of the Seas
Royal Caribbean, 82.5
17.
Adventure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean, 82.1
18.
Mariner of the Seas
Royal Caribbean, 81.9
19.
Grand Princess
Princess, 81.8
20.
Sun Princess
Princess, 81.6
21.
Disney Wonder
Disney, 81.5
22.
Navigator of the Seas
Royal Caribbean, 81.2
23.
Disney Magic
Disney, 80.6
24.
Voyager of the Seas
Royal Caribbean, 80.5
25.
Regal Princess
Princess, 80.0
26.
Brilliance of the Seas
Royal Caribbean, 79.6
27.
Star Princess
Princess, 79.1
28.
Rhapsody of the Seas
Royal Caribbean, 77.1
29.
Carnival Legend
Carnival, 75.6
30.
Splendour of the Seas
Royal Caribbean, 75.6
Cruise Traveler Magazine rated these ships, comparing them on a 10-point scale. Not every ship at sea was compared, nor were they given points to compare. The list is simply subjective and readers may and often do differ in opinion. The Ships are listed in order of ranking. Each ship was judged on their....
  • Onboard Activities, Amenities, Things To Do.
  • Stateroom Accommodations
  • Service Achievement
  • Ambience, Design , Atmosphere
  • Dining Experience, Food Quality, Presentation
  • Destinations, Itineraries
  • On Shore Experiences

Top 15 Best Small Ships
Up to 500 guests, include riverboats and expedition vessels.

1. Seabourn Legend - Yachts of Seabourn
2. Paul Gauguin - Paul Gauguin Cruises
3. Seabourn Spirit - Yachts of Seabourn
4. Seabourn Pride - Yachts of Seabourn
5. Silver Cloud - Silversea
6. Silver Shadow - Silversea
7. Amadagio - AMAWaterways
8. Viking Century Sun - Viking River Cruises
9. Viking Century Sky -Viking River Cruises
10. Wind Surf -Windstar
11. Avalon Artistry - Avalon Waterways
12. Viking Pride - Viking River Cruises
13. Silver Wind - Silversea
14. Wind Star/Spirit - Windstar
15. Endeavour - Lindblad Expeditions

Top 10 Best Medium Ships
501 to almost 1,500 guests

1. Crystal Serenity - Crystal Cruises
2. Crystal Symphony - Crystal Cruises
3. Seven Seas Voyager - Regent Seven Seas Cruises
4. Seven Seas Mariner - Regent Seven Seas Cruises
5. Seven Seas Navigator - Regent Seven Seas Cruises
6. Prinsendam - Holland America
7. Insignia - Oceania Cruises
8. Nautica - Oceania Cruises
9. Regatta - Oceania Cruises

10. Tahitian/Ocean Princess - Princess

 

Top 20 Best Large Ships
Over 1,500 guests to as many as 3500 Guests

1. Celebrity Solstice - Celebrity
2. Celebrity Summit - Celebrity
3. Coral/Island Princess - Princess
4. Celebrity Millennium - Celebrity
5. Mariner of the Seas - Royal Caribbean
6. Serenade of the Seas - Royal Caribbean
7. Celebrity Infinity- Celebrity
8. Noordam - Holland America
9. Emerald Princess - Princess
10. Sapphire/Diamond Princess - Princess
11. Westerdam - Holland America
12. Zuiderdam - Holland America
13. Brilliance of the Seas - Royal Caribbean
14. Crown Princess - Princess
15. Navigator/Adventure of the Seas - Royal Caribbean
16. Celebrity Galaxy -Celebrity
17. Jewel of the Seas - Royal Caribbean
18. Oosterdam - Holland America
19. Queen Mary 2 - Cunard Line
20. Star/Golden Princess - Princess
In The News..
Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards
Each year Cruise Critic honors the World's top cruise lines and celebrate the best of cruising with the announcement of the Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards. This year they have selected winners in thirty-one categories, reflecting the diversity of the cruise ships and amenities available to travelers today.

The Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards evaluate cruise lines and ships according to the types of passengers to whom they cater. Categories include: "Best Family Cruise Line," awarded to Royal Caribbean; "Best for Romance," awarded to Princess Cruises; and "Best for First-Timers," awarded to Carnival Cruise Lines. More specific categories include "Best for Healthy Dining," awarded to Celebrity, and "Best Spa," which went to Costa Cruise's Samsara Spa.

"There's no 'one-size fits all' in cruising but, rather, a whole host of options for every type of cruiser," explains Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor in chief of Cruise Critic. "Choosing the winners is never easy, and each year, cruise lines raise the bar, as new amenities are added, ships are refurbished, and new vessels are launched. Our picks represent not only the best cruise lines, but also some of the best travel companies in the world."

Our congratulations go to the winning cruise lines listed below.

The Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Award winners are:
 
Accommodations & Service
Best Big Ship Luxury Enclave - MSC Cruises - (MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida)
Best for Big Ship Suites - NCL - Courtyard Villas
Best for Cabins - Holland America Line
Best Luxury Service - Crystal Cruises
Best Luxury Staterooms - Regent Seven Seas Cruises

 
Activities
Best Cruise Line Private Island - Disney - Castaway Cay
Best for Activities - Holland America Line
Best for Nightlife - Carnival Cruise Lines
Best Sun Deck - Celebrity Cruises - (Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Equinox)

 
Body and Soul
Best for Fitness Enthusiasts - Royal Caribbean International
Best Spas - Costa Cruises - (Samsara Spa)

 
Cruise Styles
Best Family Cruise Line - Royal Caribbean International
Best for Adventure - Lindblad Expeditions
Best for Couples - Azamara Cruises
Best for First Timers - Carnival Cruise Lines
Best for Kids - Royal Caribbean International - (Freedom Class)
Best for Romance - Princess Cruises
Best for Sophisticated Singles - Cunard Line
Best for Teens - Royal Caribbean International - (Freedom Class)
Best Luxury Cruise Line - Crystal Cruises
Best River Cruise Line - Uniworld
Best Sailing Ship - Windstar Cruises

 
Food and Dining
Best Buffet - Carnival Cruise Lines
Best for Healthy Dining - Celebrity Cruises
Best Luxury Dining - Seabourn Cruise Line
Best Main Dining - Carnival Cruise Lines
Best Specialty Restaurants - Oceania Cruises

 
Innovation
Best Kept Secret - MSC Cruises - (MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida)
Best New Luxury Ship - Seabourn Odyssey
Best New River Ship - Uniworld's River Beatrice
Best New Ship - Celebrity Cruises - (Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Equinox)

 
Weddings and Honeymoons
Best for a Honeymoon Splurge - SeaDream Yacht Club
Best for Weddings At Sea - Princess Cruises

ZAGAT RELEASES RESULTS OF FIRST CRUISE LINE SURVEY

Cunard, Regent and SeaDream Are Top Rated, Respectively, for Large, Mid-Size and Small Ships While Royal Caribbean, Crystal and Windstar are Most Popular in Each Size Category Carnival Wins for Budget Travel and Singles; Disney for Families, Nightlife and Entertainment When it Comes to Top Itinerary Choices, Romance, Shopping, Spas and Casinos, Cunard Sweeps

New York, NY.– Zagat released the results of its first Cruise Line survey today. The survey, conducted on ZAGAT.com, covers 22 major cruise lines as voted on by 2,379 regular cruise-goers who had taken 9.5 trips, each averaging nine days. All told the surveyors had taken a total of 22,700 separate cruises.

“The survey reveals what the cruise line industry is doing plenty right, but that there's still room for improvement,” said Tim Zagat, CEO of Zagat Survey. “Hopefully, these new results will help consumers during a time when making informed decisions is more important than ever.”

Background: The cruise lines in the survey were categorized as follows: Large Ships (1,500+ passengers), Mid-Size Ships (200 to 1,500) and Small Ships (less than 200), based on the average size of the ships in its fleet. Each line was then rated on Zagat's signature 30-point scale for five aspects of its performance: (1) Cabins, (2) Service, (3) Dining, (4) Facilities and (5) Shipboard Activities, with an “Overall Score” based on an average of the five separate ratings.

Smooth Sailing: The top cruise lines, based on their Overall Scores, are Cunard Line (Large), Regent Seven Seas (Mid-Size) and SeaDream Yacht Club (Small). Lines with mid-size ships tended to get the highest overall ratings. Thus, following Regent were Crystal, Seabourn and Silversea all with a score of 26 out of a possible 30. Following with overall rating of 25 are Cunard and Disney. Based on their ratings, the major category winners are as shown below:

  Large (1,500+) Mid-Size (200 to 1,500) Small (<200)
Top Rooms Cunard Regent SeaDream
Top Service Cunard Seabourn SeaDream
Top Dining Cunard Seabourn SeaDream
Top Facilities Cunard Crystal SeaDream
Top Activities Disney Crystal Lindblad
Top Overall Cunard Regent SeaDream

When asked to name their personal favorites, the surveyors chose Royal Caribbean (Large), Crystal Cruises (Mid-Size) and Windstar Cruises (Small).

Setting Course: When choosing a cruise line, 88% of surveyors say that Ports of Call is their principal consideration, with Past Experience (81%) and Ticket Price (80%) following close behind. Other major issues are Cruise Duration (72%), Dates (69%) and Balcony/Deluxe Room Availability (64%). Departure Ports are cited by 61% of surveyors, with Ship Size and Activities tying at 58%.

Staying Afloat: As a result of the recession, many lines lowered their prices. The three named as “best for budget cruises” are Carnival Cruise Lines, Costa Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line in that order. When asked how the economy has affected their cruising, 47% say they're looking for better values, while 23% report cruising less. Surveyors report these alternate ways to be cost-conscious: 20% are limiting their excursions, 19% are choosing cruises that depart closer to home, 15% cut back on what's included in their packages, 10% choose less expensive rooms and 5% take shorter cruises. A lucky 18% say the recession hasn't affected their cruising habits, while an unlucky 19% say they “don't cruise enough to have habits yet.”

Choppy Water: Although cruising is all about feeling good and relaxing, we asked surveyors about their top complaints: crowds/lines (23%), embarking/disembarking (15%), other passengers' behavior (12%), bad food (11%), poor service (11%), room sizes (5%), smoking (4%) and extra charges (3%). Surprisingly, bad weather, motion sickness, ship size and fixed dining times were not serious concerns.

More Winners: Other categories with smoother sailing are as follows:

Top Fitness Centers

  1. Celebrity Cruises
  2. Cunard Line
  3. Royal Caribbean

Top Live Entertainment

  1. Disney Cruise Line
  2. Cunard Line
  3. Royal Caribbean

Top Nightlife

  1. Disney Cruise Line
  2. Royal Caribbean
  3. Cunard Line

Top Spa Services

  1. Cunard Line
  2. Disney Cruise Line
  3. Celebrity Cruises

Top Onboard Shopping

  1. Cunard Line
  2. Disney Cruise Line
  3. Royal Caribbean

Top Casinos/Gambling

  1. Cunard Line
  2. Royal Caribbean
  3. Celebrity Cruises

Top Excursions

  1. Princess Cruises
  2. Celebrity Cruises
  3. Cunard Line

Best for Singles

  1. Carnival Cruise Lines
  2. Royal Caribbean
  3. Norwegian Cruise Line

Top Itinerary Choices

  1. Cunard Line
  2. Holland America Line
  3. Celebrity Cruises

Best for Romantic/Honeymoon

  1. Cunard Line
  2. Celebrity Cruises
  3. Princess Cruises

Best for Kids

  1. Disney Cruise Line
  2. Royal Caribbean
  3. Carnival Cruise Lines

Best for Weekend Getaways

  1. Disney Cruise Line
  2. Royal Caribbean
  3. Carnival Cruise Lines

Best for Families

  1. Disney Cruise Line
  2. Royal Caribbean
  3. Carnival Cruise Lines

Best for Budget Cruises

  1. Carnival Cruise Lines
  2. Costa Cruises
  3. Norwegian Cruise Line

Best for Seniors

  1. Holland America Line
  2. Cunard Line
  3. Celebrity Cruises

Best for Expedition Cruises

  1. Celebrity Cruises
  2. Princess Cruises
  3. Holland America Line

The Survey in Detail: Please visit (www.zagat.com/cruiselines) for the full survey results.

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