U.S. News announces the 2022 Best Cruise Lines

U.S. News announces the 2022 Best Cruise Lines

NEWS: U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best HotelsBest Vacations and Best Travel Rewards Programs, announced the 2022 Best Cruise Lines rankings, designed to provide up-to-date information on the leading cruise lines.

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With much of the world reopening to international travel, U.S. News surveyed travelers to understand the effects of COVID-19 on cruiser sentiments.

U.S. News unveiled the survey results of the rankings at the Seatrade Global Conference in October which found that cruisers – both first-time and longtime – are booked at higher levels than before the pandemic.

U.S. News survey data also revealed that of the frequent travelers who indicated that they would cruise again, 20% are already signed up for their next sailing.

“Though most avenues of travel have been impacted throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the cruise industry has seen the most challenges,” said Nicola Wood, travel editor at U.S. News.

“U.S. News is excited to once again highlight the best cruise lines and provide in-depth information on ships, onboard activities and itineraries to travelers looking to research and book a cruise vacation.”

Celebrity Cruises takes the No. 1 spot as the Best Cruise Line for the Money. Viking Ocean Cruises is the No. 1 for Couples and Best Luxury thanks to its adult-focused environment and luxurious and romantic amenities, such as fireplaces in each ship’s common area and private verandas in every stateroom.

Disney which offers ships tailored specifically to children and families, has remained the No. 1 for Families since U.S. News began ranking cruise lines.

Additionally, for the eighth  consecutive year, Disney is also the No. 1 Best Cruise Line in the Caribbean. Viking Ocean Cruises takes the spot of No. 1 in the Mediterranean for 2022.

The rankings help travelers select the best cruise by brand, region, traveler type and budget. This year’s rankings are accompanied by an editorial rundown of the most popular river cruise lines for those looking for guidance on a different type of cruise that still offers itineraries with multiple destinations.

The methodology for the rankings factors in expert evaluations of cruise ship quality, reputation among travelers, results from health assessments conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other factors, such as price class and itinerary offerings.

2022 U.S. News Rankings

For the Money                                                                                      

  1. Celebrity Cruises
  2. Holland America Line
  3. Royal Caribbean International

For Luxury

  1. Viking Ocean Cruises
  2. Seabourn
  3. Regent Seven Seas Cruises

 For Families 

  1. Disney
  2. Royal Caribbean International
  3. Carnival                                                                               

For Couples

  1. Viking Ocean Cruises
  2. Seabourn
  3. Azamara

In the Mediterranean

  1. Viking Ocean Cruises
  2. Seabourn
  3. Azamara

In the Caribbean

  1. Disney
  2. Celebrity Cruises
  3. Seabourn

Source: U.S. News

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