Travel New report reveals best cruise lines for couples, families, luxury and smaller budgets

03:39  15 november  2017
03:39  15 november  2017 Source:   Relaxnews (AFP)

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According to a new report , the best ocean liner for couples is Seabourn Cruise Line . Seabourn was also ranked second in the category of Best Luxury Cruise Line . When it comes to value for money, the best cruise brand is Royal Caribbean, while Disney Cruise Line — a perennial favorite

Specialty Cruises . Best Cruise Lines for Families . Luxury cruise lines feature smaller ships, allowing for more exotic destinations, all-suite accommodations, personalized service, and exquisite cuisine paired with the value of an all-inclusive lifestyle.

Seabourn Cruise© Provided by AFPRelaxNews Seabourn Cruise Shopping for a romantic, cruise getaway so you can literally sail into the sunset? According to a new report, the best ocean liner for couples is Seabourn Cruise Line.

US News and World Report has released their 2018 Best Cruise Lines Rankings, in the aim of helping consumers pick the right cruise brand for their budget, preferred region and demographic.

In the category "Best for Couples," for instance, Seabourn was given the top spot for offering a more intimate experience: Unlike behemoth ships, Seabourn offers no more than 300 cabins and services like couples massages. Romance is also in the sea salt-tinged air thanks to "The Grill by Thomas Keller," a fine dining restaurant imagined by the Michelin-starred chef behind some of America's most elite restaurant like The French Laundry and Per Se.

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The magical months of the year where the kids are in school, families stay home, and cruise lines have staterooms they need to fill. Best Cruise Lines for Couples . The ones with the smaller ships, and therefore the least crowds, with the most crew available to serve guests.

Best Luxury Cruise Ships. 3. Royal Caribbean International. Best for: Families with tweens or teens. Best Cruise Lines for Couples . 12. Viking River Cruises . Best Cruises for Fitness. Top 10 British Cruise Lines with Over-60's Appeal. The 15 Best Small Cruise Ship Lines .

For the report, 165 ships in 17 cruise lines were rated across categories like ship quality, reputation, health assessments from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, price class, and itinerary.

Seabourn was also ranked second in the category of Best Luxury Cruise Line.

When it comes to value for money, the best cruise brand is Royal Caribbean, while Disney Cruise Line -- a perennial favorite -- is tops for families and itineraries in the Caribbean.

It's the latest cruise ranking to surface from the industry.

Last week Porthole Cruise Magazine named Windstar Cruises the most romantic cruise line in the 19th Annual Readers' Choice Awards; the Norwegian Escape the best large ship; and Carnival Cruises Line the best value for money.

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U.S. NEWS: BEST CRUISE LINES 2017 U.S. News evaluated 15 cruise lines on three criteria: · Reviews by Cruiseline .com’s travelers · Experts’ ranking experiences with the service and standards of smaller lines . Click to the next page for the best cruise lines for families and couples .

Here are the big winners from US News and World Report:

For the Money
Royal Caribbean International
Celebrity Cruises
Norwegian Cruise Line

For Luxury
Crystal Cruises
Seabourn Cruise Line
Viking Ocean Cruises

For Families
Disney Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean International
Carnival Cruise Lines

For Couples
Seabourn Cruise Line
Viking Ocean Cruises
Crystal Cruises

In the Mediterranean

Viking Ocean Cruises
Seabourn Cruise Line
Regent Seven Seas Cruises

In the Caribbean
Disney Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean International
Celebrity Cruises

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Big cruise ships visiting Venice to be re-routed .
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