12 Best Cruise Lines for Couples (2022)

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Couple on a Bahamas cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)

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Erica Silverstein

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Romance and cruising would seem to go hand in hand, particularly if you've spotted any of the cruise lines' advertisements showing photos of couples snuggling at the bow at sunset, or sipping orange juice on their private veranda in bathrobes, or even -- and this one we have a hard time believing -- spending time alone on a deserted beach with their mega-ship anchored in the background.

Advertisements notwithstanding, cruising can be one of the most romantic holiday options, but choosing the right cruise line and, even more specifically, the right ship within the fleet, can be a challenge. You don't want that sunset marred by crowds on deck, the romance of a dinner for two killed by the whiny kids at the next table or an intimate evening ruined by cramped cabins with minimal amenities.

For our top picks, we looked at criteria that we would deem universally romantic: ships that offer cabins with private balconies, great bathrooms and extra-special amenities; options for dining a deux; cosy nooks and date-night venues; and almost-private open-deck spaces for relaxing by day and stargazing by night.

Here are our favourite cruise lines for celebrating or rekindling romance with your sweetheart.

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  • Princess Cruises
  • Paul Gauguin Cruises
  • Fred. Olsen Cruises
  • Windstar Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • SeaDream Yacht Club
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Crystal Yacht Cruises
  • Azamara Club Cruises
  • Viking Ocean Cruises

1. Princess Cruises

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Why: The youngest of Princess' Grand-class ships -- Crown Princess, Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess -- blend big-ship options and small-ship cosy. Romance has always been the Love Boat line's focus, but the tiny, charmless balconies and bigger size of its newer Royal-class ships mean that the elder sisters still win in this category.

Onboard Romance: What could be more romantic than a night at "Movies Under the Stars," reclining on padded loungers while snuggled under wool tartan blankets on the pool deck? Or for quiet tete-a-tetes with your sweetie, try Adagio, a lovely and private top-deck lounge. During the day, we love The Sanctuary, a (mostly) shaded retreat, complete with waiter service, spa menu and massage services (a couples' massage is available).

Dinner for Two: Open-seating (as well as traditional) dining is available. But the most romantic option is the Ultimate Balcony Dining dinner experience. For an extra fee, cruisers are treated to a lobster dinner with Champagne and course-by-course service. (Or have a romantic breakfast in your cabin with the line's Balcony Breakfast option.) Only caveat: Your cabin must have a balcony. We also love the ships' alternative restaurants. Request a banquette at Crown Grill, a steak and seafood restaurant with an open grill; indulge in a multicourse meal at the Italian Sabatini's; or share dishes with your sweetie at Share by Curtis Stone or The Salty Dog Gastropub. For a more casual option, try Vines, a wine and sushi bar. If chocolate is your aphrodisiac of choice, be sure to try the onboard cocktails and desserts created by master chocolatier Norman Love.

2. Paul Gauguin Cruises

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Why: Designed, built and decorated to sail year-round in the romantic South Pacific, the intimate, 332-passenger Paul Gauguin offers an air of tropical festivity. Dining is restaurant-style, the staff is superb and the ship is highly inclusive (cocktails and other beverages are included in cruise fares). But it's the ship's remote and lush island destinations that really turn up the notch on the romantic nature of the trip.

Onboard Romance: Dance cheek to cheek with your honey to the tunes of a chanteuse in La Palette Lounge, or gaze at the sea or stars from the lounge's top-of-ship vantage point.

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Dinner for Two: For such a small ship, the choice of restaurants is superb. L'Etoile, which offers French cuisine accented with Polynesian touches, serves as the main venue. Couples will appreciate plentiful tables for two and an attentive wait staff that will keep your glasses filled with house wines and nonalcoholic beverages. Two casual venues offer indoor and alfresco dining, with reservations-only dinners. And there's always room service for meals in bed or on your balcony.

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3. P&O Cruises

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Why: P&O keeps its Arcadia and Oriana ships adults-only, meaning you can have a romantic time with your partner, sans children -- and not just your own. These vessels, carrying about 2,000 passenger each, aren't exactly small, but they do lack the gimmicky glitz of many larger ships, offering the atmosphere of a comfortable and refined country house hotel.

Onboard Romance: After a leisurely morning lie-in and room service breakfast, head to the spa to pamper yourselves with a couple's massage or a relaxing afternoon in the thermal area, which features hot tubs and heated tile loungers.

Dinner for Two: Tables for two are available, but be sure to get to the dining room early enough to snag one. Otherwise, you could be stuck chowing down with six new friends. For a more lavish option, try Marco Pierre White's extra-fee Ocean Grill, featuring modern cuisine, as well as retro English dishes with a contemporary twist. No matter where you dine, several affordably priced wine options are available, so split a bottle as you gaze into each other's eyes.

4. Fred. Olsen Cruises

Why: Fred. Olsen's ships feature a traditional British cruise atmosphere, where relaxation and the art of conversation allow couples to reconnect. Additionally, three of the lines' four ships carry fewer than 1,000 passengers, making for a more intimate experience.

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Onboard Romance: Rekindle the romance by taking your significant other on a date for afternoon tea with white-glove service, or visit the onboard cafe, where coffees and snacks are available for you to enjoy as you revel in each other's company. If competitive romance is more your thing, challenge your companion to a game of deck quoits or shuffleboard.

Dinner for Two: Travelers who sail with Fred. Olsen tend to dress up for dinner, which makes dining extra-special. Book a hair and/or nail appointment, dress to the nines, and your partner won't be able to look away. Snag a table for two in the main dining room, or opt for an extra-fee restaurant experience.

5. Windstar Cruises

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Why: Wind Surf is both a sailboat and cruise ship, and it features a hybrid blend of cruise traditions (such as the crew show, organised shore excursions and multiple eateries) and utterly romantic vistas. Carrying just 310 passengers, the ship's onboard ambience is relaxed (no set seatings at dinner) and its itineraries focus on ports in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Baltic that are often too small to appeal to massive ships.

Onboard Romance: A favourite spot -- and it's remarkably quiet -- is at the outside tables at Wind Surf's cigar bar; it's a great place to sit under the stars (or enjoy a quiet cocktail). If it's too chilly for sitting outdoors, head to the indoor section of the Compass Rose lounge to listen to some pre-dinner music over drinks with your sweetheart.

Dinner for Two: For casual daytime dining, the glass-walled Veranda offers seating outdoors as well as indoors. It's adjacent to the grill and features both buffet fare and choices from a menu. At night, enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner by the pool at Candles, sample French-influenced contemporary dishes at Stella Bistro or dine in the main restaurant, AmphorA, which features local and creative cuisine.

6. Norwegian Cruise Line

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Why: Norwegian's "Freestyle Dining" philosophy (passengers can dine without the hassle of assigned times and tablemates at a variety of restaurants) is perfectly suited to table-for-two travellers. While the line's newest and biggest ships are full of Las Vegas flash and nonstop entertainment action, we prefer its Jewel-class for the right mix of romantic options and plentiful activities.

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Onboard Romance: Active couples can play a little one-on-one basketball on the sports deck or race each other up the rock climbing wall; while those looking to relax together can snag side-by-side loungers in the spa's relaxation room or take a dip in the thalassotherapy pool. At night, snuggle up to your honey, cocktail in hand, on one of the plush seats in the Bliss Ultra Lounge and Night Club.

Dinner for Two: Try dinner at Cagney's, the dedicated steakhouse, and Le Bistro, a French eatery.

7. SeaDream Yacht Club

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Why: These nearly identical 112-passenger yachts win top romantic honors for sophisticated couples who want luxury (phenomenal dining and great service) in a casual ambiance. The ships are gorgeously restored; dining is all as-you-wish; cabins, though cosy, are outfitted with everything you could possibly need; and service is outstanding, personable, attentive ... and subtle. Fares are all-inclusive, too, which means tips and most drinks are included in your fare. Choose a warm-weather itinerary if you want to spend time playing with the ship's water toys offered from its onboard marina.

Onboard Romance: Our favourite place for sunset-timed port departures was on one of the Balinese beds on the top-most deck. Tucked around the smokestack, they are built just a bit above the deck railing, which gives you a sense of floating above the water. (You can also reserve one for a night sleeping under the stars.) We also loved the Top of the Yacht bar for after-dinner drinks to a soundtrack of live music.

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Dinner for Two: There are two primary venues. The Main Dining Salon (indoors) feels like a restaurant at an elegant, small boutique hotel. But our favourite spot was the Topside Restaurant; it's an open-sided outdoor eatery (covered, though, so shaded) and there are a handful of wonderful and private nooks.

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8. Celebrity Cruises

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Why: Celebrity's newest ships are sophisticated and hip, and cater to couples on adult getaways, rather than families on holiday. Plus, there are plenty of onboard spaces tailor-made for parties of two -- from wine bars to multiple speciality dining venues, double pool loungers and top-deck lawns perfect for picnicking.

Onboard Romance: It's easy to rekindle the romance with a picnic for two in the Lawn Club, a real grass lawn on the ships' top decks. Or hide away in a corner of the Deck 4 wine bar or martini bar, and get a little tipsy with your loved one; the aft Sunset Bar is great for views. The pool deck and adults-only Solarium also have comfy double sunbeds and hammocks for snuggling in the sun.

Dinner for Two: With so many top-notch speciality restaurants onboard, any table for two will do for a romantic night out. Our favourite for couples (and anyone else, for that matter) is Murano, the upscale Continental restaurant offering both tasting and a la carte menus. Treat yourself and your sweetie to luxe dishes like caviar, escargots, sweetbreads or foie gras. For dinner with a view, dine early at the back-of-the-ship Tuscan Grille, an Italian steakhouse with a wine country feel.

9. Regent Seven Seas Cruises

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Why: You can't go wrong with the "Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built," an all-suite, all-balcony vessel that features personal service, gourmet cuisine and the most-inclusive cruise fares of the major luxury lines. You don't have to worry about lover's quarrels over the price of shore excursions, which pre-cruise hotel to book or how many drinks to order -- it's all covered by your cruise fare.

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Onboard Romance: Head to the gorgeous spa and gym area to get a little sweaty together (personal training for two?) and then relax in the back-of-ship infinity pool or heated ceramic loungers. Or visit the Observation Lounge for 180-degree views by day and cocktails and music by night. If you like learning together, sign up for a cooking class at the Culinary Arts Kitchen.

Dinner for Two: It's easy to get a table for two on these ships, even in Compass Rose, the main dining room. And the food is superb, with no drop in quality from the speciality venues to the main dining room. For date night, try the pan-Asian Pacific Rim, modern French Chartreuse or the Prime 7 steakhouse -- you'll need to make reservations for these popular venues but there's no fee.

10. Crystal Yacht Cruises

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Why: If you want to sample the high life, where days are spent lounging on a day bed in the sun with a drink in hand, swimming and snorkelling or touring the more yacht-y ports, Crystal Esprit beckons. The 62-passenger yacht is also incredibly high-tech, carrying Jet Skis and a three-person submersible; cabins loaded up with state-of-the-art technology; and even an outdoor flat-screen TV for movies under the stars.

Onboard Romance: Most passengers are splashing in the water or enjoying complimentary tours during the day. If you're onboard, you're likely to be found cuddling on a Balinese bed or dipping your toes in the plunge pool. At night, catch a flick on the outdoor screen, or get social in The Cove, the ship's living room with live music and bar service.

Dinner for Two: The elegant Yacht Club Restaurant is the only dinner venue onboard. You won't have trouble snagging a table for two and will be spoiled for choice with a regular menu and special four-course menu offered each evening. For total privacy, order room service off the Yacht Club's menu and take date night back to your cabin.

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11. Azamara Club Cruises

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Why: Azamara offers two twin intimate ships and a destination focus, so you can bond with your loved one over new experiences and incredible adventures ashore. The line will constantly hand you opportunities for memorable date nights with its Nights and Cool Places after-dinner excursions and complimentary, once-a-cruise AzAmazing Evening shoreside event. The onboard atmosphere is geared to adults, so your holiday-for-two won't be disrupted by unruly rug rats.

Onboard Romance: Take your partner for a whirl with ballroom dancing in the Cabaret Lounge, or look for that green flash at the Sunset Bar, cocktail in hand. For the ultimate in romance, though, book the Nights in Private Places package. For one night, you'll get the aft spa deck all to yourself. A private butler will serve a candlelit dinner, you can float in the thalassotherapy pool while gazing at the stars, and then spend the night snuggled up on the canopied daybed, done up in fine linens. Just be sure to slip your robe back on when the butler comes to serve breakfast in the morning.

Dinner for Two: Tables for two are not hard to come by in Azamara's main, open-seating restaurant, but for a more intimate repast, book into one of the alternative restaurants, the Prime C steakhouse or the Italian Aqualina. Special event meals not to miss include a jazz brunch, Officers' BBQ with suckling pig and barbecue ribs and the White Night dinner served on deck.

12. Viking Ocean Cruises

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Why: With beautiful sun decks and a huge Nordic-inspired spa, Viking Ocean's four identical ships are ideal for couples who love to relax...after a hard day of touring in port. The line's destination focus includes jam-packed itineraries, late nights and overnights in port and included shore excursions. Well-appointed cabins, included Wi-Fi and wine with meals, multiple dining venues and a no-kids-under-16 policy seal the deal.

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Onboard Romance: During the day, relax in the light and airy, glass-enclosed Wintergarden Conservatory and take your honey to tea for finger sandwiches and scones in the late afternoon. Or lounge by the all-weather main pool, with retractable roof, or aft infinity pool. A cool drink is never far away. At night, camp out in Torshavn, to dance, enjoy a cabaret show or sip Armagnac in a dark corner.

Dinner for Two: The mouth-watering food at Manfredi's will start your date night off right. The Italian venue is complimentary and offers an expansive Italian menu. Don't miss the daily specials and definitely save room for dessert (as difficult as that might be). If your style is more casual, check out the sushi bar in the World Cafe buffet or the cured meats and bacon-and-pea soup served faux-fireside at Mamsen's.

Updated August 10, 2021

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What is the number 1 cruise line? ›

1. Large Ship Line: Norwegian Cruise Line.

What is the highest quality cruise line? ›

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Which is the best side of a cruise ship to be on? ›

starboard side of the ship is best to stay on. Your decision will depend on a variety of factors, from your stateroom type to your cruise itinerary. Here are helpful tips for choosing which side of the ship will suit you best.

What is the least crowded cruise line? ›

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What is the top 5 cruise lines? ›

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What floor is the best on a cruise? ›

You want to be as close to the pivot point as possible to feel the least movement. Avoid cabins near the front (bow) or back (stern) and on decks higher than the middle deck of the ship. So, on a ship with fourteen passenger decks, your best options are below deck seven.

Is it better to be on a higher floor on a cruise? ›

The higher the deck, the better and, often, more panoramic the view. Cabins on top decks aren't always the best on the ship, but many suites and specialty cabin categories are typically located on upper decks.

What's the best deck to be on a cruise ship? ›

The best cruise ship deck for many people is a lower deck because less movement will be felt here. However, for the best views, you should choose a higher deck. If you want to avoid taking the elevator, a mid-level deck would be best.

Where is the most comfortable place on a cruise ship? ›

In general, the most popular spot to be on a cruise ship is midship on a higher deck because these rooms are centrally located. Moreover, cabins towards the middle of the ship have the reputation of providing a smoother ride when the ocean is rough.

Which cruise ship has the best staterooms? ›

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  • Best Standard Inside Cabin: Carnival.
  • Best "Deluxe" Inside Cabin: Holland America.
  • Best Inside Cabin With a View: Royal Caribbean.
  • Best Inside Cabin With a Virtual View: Royal Caribbean.
  • Best Solo Inside Cabins: Norwegian Cruise Line.
  • Best Accessible Inside Cabin: Celebrity Cruises.

Is it better to be in the back middle or front of a cruise ship? ›

The back of the ship tends to be considered the next best cabin position after midships. Whilst the front of the ship gets the most movement the back also does get some. Whilst it's nowhere near as bad as the front of the ship, you may still notice some movement in rough seas.

Do cruises get cheaper closer to the date? ›

Cruise prices do not get cheaper closer to the sailing date in all cases. Cruise prices are usually the cheapest furthest from the sailing date when first launched or 60-90 days before the cruise sets sail. The prices of some cruises will decrease last minute but this doesn't always happen.

What is the roughest part of a cruise ship? ›

Number one most dangerous place on the cruise ship are defiantly the watertight doors. These Doors are mounted on board a cruise vessel in the crew corridor. Many Crew members have lost their lives trying to pass this doors while they were closing from the bridge.

Where do service dogs go to the bathroom on a cruise ship? ›

Cruise lines reassure guests that service dogs have special training when it comes to when and where to relieve themselves, so other passengers don't need to worry about where they step. Passengers with service dogs can request the ship to provide doggy “relief boxes” filled with mulch in a service area.

Where do you feel the least movement on a cruise ship? ›

What's the best stateroom location to avoid motion sickness on a cruise? To reduce motion sickness, choose a stateroom in the middle of the ship on a lower deck. You will feel any sway of the ship less in this section.

Is middle of cruise ship better? ›

Generally, mid-ship is most favorable on lower decks, especially if you are prone to motion sickness. There is more noticeable movement in the more forward areas of the vessel, or on higher decks. One of the most often overlooked issues in the selection of your cabin is whether it is on Port or Starboard side.

How do I choose a cruise? ›

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Are prepaid gratuities worth it on a cruise? ›

If you want to make your life easier, and don't plan on removing or adjusting the gratuities on a cruise, it's better to prepay before you go. In our experience, prepaying gratuities does not negatively affect the service onboard. We have consistently been very pleased with the wonderful service on cruise ships.

Is it worth it to upgrade to a balcony on a cruise? ›

Are balcony cabins worth it on a cruise? These days, balcony cabins may not cost as much as you think, and for many people, they are definitely worth the splurge! When you book a balcony cabin, you'll have a private outdoor space where you can get a sea view at any time.

Do cruise ships ever tip over? ›

Technically, yes, cruise ships “could” tip over or sink, but the chance of either happening is extremely low.

How far in advance should you book a cruise? ›

Booking a cruise one to two years in advance is not practical for many families, so a great time to book a cruise is between six and 12 months before sailing. In addition to the lower prices, booking well in-advance of a cruise assures you of the ship and stateroom you want to reserve.

Can you sleep on the balcony of a cruise ship? ›

Can You Sleep on a Cruise Ship Balcony? There are no rules that say that passengers on cruise ships can't sleep on their balconies. That said, cruise lines do generally advise against it. Despite this many people enjoy sleeping on their balconies and you won't have any problem doing so if you want to.

How do you save money on cruise excursions? ›

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Can you live on board a cruise ship? ›

There are several cruise lines that allow travelers to purchase an apartment or condo onboard, with food and other amenities included. However, this could also be a much more expensive option depending on what type of cabin you're purchasing.

Do people sleep around on cruises? ›

Hookups actually aren't common on a cruise

While the fun, laid-back atmosphere of a cruise ship may seem to lend itself to having a fling on vacation, it's actually pretty rare. According to a survey conducted by Cruzely, only about 5% of people reported ever having hooked up with someone they met while on a cruise.

Which cruise has the best cabins? ›

Royal Caribbean Cruises has better cabins than any other company that operates large cruise ships, according to the cruise website CruiseCritic. The website ranks cruise ships in a number of categories based on reviews from its users.

Why do large cruise ships not tip over? ›

Essentially, a cruise ship stays upright because they keep all of the heaviest equipment below deck. This has the effect of keeping a low center of gravity. In addition, the shape of a cruise ship's hull is wide and rounded, which helps it move through the ocean smoothly and with minimal drag.

Do you need a passport to go on a cruise? ›

U.S. citizens on closed-loop cruises can enter or depart the country on the cruise with proof of citizenship. However, it is possible that one or more of the destination countries on your itinerary may require a passport to enter.

What is the cheapest month to cruise? ›

The cheapest times to cruise are typically in the late summer and fall because of hurricane season. (If you decide to travel then, purchasing cruise insurance is a good idea.) But you can often find other patches of bargain sailings, especially during the early weeks of December and in the spring.

How do you save the most on a cruise? ›

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How long should you spend on a cruise? ›

If you're bringing the whole family, a 5 or 7 day cruise might be the best way to make sure everyone has an awesome getaway. And for those lucky folks with even more time to spare, a cruise of 10 days or more will give you an incredible experience of all the best things a cruise has to offer.

Which cruise Line has the most crime? ›

Carnival Cruises, the world's largest cruise company, reported the most incidents with 28, including 20 sex assaults; two missing people; two serious assaults and two thefts. That marks a 47 percent uptick from the same quarter last year, when there were 19 reported Carnival incidents.

When should I avoid a Caribbean cruise? ›

But for the most part, the best time to cruise the Caribbean is January through April during the dry season, especially in April when temperatures are warmer. The worst time is September and October during the peak months of the Caribbean hurricane season. May is a brief rainy season for some destinations.

What is the safest room on a cruise ship? ›

Mid-ship Staterooms

If seasickness is a worry of yours, the best way to avoid that is getting a room in the center of the ship. As cruise ships tend to bob on waves and slightly roll from side to side, the heart of the ship is its only part that stays virtually in the same place.

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What is the biggest cruise ship in the world 2022? ›

Wonder of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean's whopping Wonder of the Seas made waves when it set sail in March 2022 to take over the title of the “biggest cruise ship in the world” with a gross tonnage of 236,857.

What is the most popular cruise port in the US? ›

1. Port of Miami. Known for its pristine beaches, bayside markets and vibrant nightlife, Miami is the Cruise Capital of the World and welcomes the biggest passenger ships on its nine modern cruise terminals.

Who is the largest cruise line company? ›

List of cruise lines by size
Cruise lineParent companyRevenue %
Carnival Corporation & plc37.1
Carnival Cruise LineCarnival Corporation & plc7.6
Costa CruisesCarnival Corporation & plc4.7
Princess CruisesCarnival Corporation & plc8.7
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Is Carnival the most popular cruise line? ›

Carnival Cruise Line Best of 2021!

Carnival Cruise Line has come out on top in the annual Cruise Ship Awards and received more votes than any other cruise line in the industry, including Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line.

What was the last major cruise ship to sink? ›

Many of the incidents involved no loss of life at all. Arguably the most famous cruise ship sinking in the last 100 years is that of the Costa Concordia. She sank in 2012 and is the only modern major ocean cruise ship serving passengers from around the world to have sunk during a cruise.

What is the biggest cruise ship that sank? ›

RMS Titanic

The sinking of the biggest passenger ship ever built at the time resulted in the death of more than 1,500 of the 2,208 people onboard. The accident occurred when the ship hit an iceberg while cruising at its maximum speed of 23k on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.

How safe are cruises? ›

Every year, millions of people across the world look for travel options, and some turn to cruises. But are cruises safe? The odds of dying on a cruise ship are slim to none — well, roughly 1 out of 6.25 million. So in that aspect they are considered “safe”.

Where is the most beautiful place to cruise? ›

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What is the easiest port to cruise out of? ›

One of the easiest embarkation ports to access if you are driving is the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA). It is literally minutes from Interstate 10, the main highway along the Gulf of Mexico. There are dedicated parking lots for cruise ship passengers; overflow areas; and complimentary shuttles.

Where is the best place to go on a cruise? ›

Best Cruise Destinations in the USA
  • Nassau, Bahamas.
  • Cozumel, Mexico.
  • St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.
  • St. Maarten/Martin.
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.
  • Key West, Florida.
  • Cayman Islands.

Which is the best cruise ship company in the world? ›

The best cruise lines in the world 2022
  • Norwegian Cruise Line. Score 78.98. MSC Cruises. ...
  • Royal Caribbean International. Score 72.49. Carnival Cruise Line. ...
  • P&O Cruises. Score 76.61. Azamara. ...
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Score 76.63. Star Clippers. ...
  • Grand Circle Cruise Line. Score 89.47. ...
  • Atlas Ocean Voyages. Score 88.78.
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Who is bigger Carnival or Royal Caribbean? ›

Many enthusiastic cruisers believe Carnival Cruise Line is far and away the largest cruise line in the world, but that isn't actually the mathematical truth in many ways. In fact, as of early 2022, Royal Caribbean International has more ships, with greater gross tonnage, and more passenger capacity.

What is the average age of cruise ship passengers? ›

The average age of a cruise passenger is now under 48, says the CLIA 2022 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook report, with millennials being the most enthusiastic cruisers of the future.

Is Carnival or Norwegian better? ›

As a first-time cruiser you can't go wrong with either line. Pick Norwegian Cruise Line if you are looking for innovative onboard attractions and a contemporary take on casual cruising. Choose Carnival if you want great food and a “Fun Ship” experience in a casual environment and at a very affordable price.

What is the best deck to stay on a Carnival cruise? ›

Lower deck: The lower deck is the best deck on a cruise ship if you want to be one of the first off the ship, exploring all the fun at each port of call.

Is Carnival as good as Royal Caribbean? ›

Bottom line. As a first-time cruiser, you can't go wrong with either line. Pick Royal Caribbean if you are looking for innovative attractions and a slightly more upscale atmosphere, and Carnival if you want great food and to have a blast in a casual environment at a very affordable price.

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