The Best Cruise Line for Every Type of Traveler

The Best Cruise Line for Every Type of Traveler

Whether you’re traveling as a family or solo, there’s a special cruise for you, from the family-friendly Norwegian Cruise Line to the singles-friendly Crystal Cruises.

If you’re contemplating a cruise this year, you are not alone. Cruising has become a popular pastime for travelers not just in the West, but in other parts of the world as well. Each year, more than 20 million travelers now go on cruises around the world. Cruise options have expanded in recent years, with new cruise lines catering to niche travelers introducing new variety. Gone are the days when every cruise catered to the same stereotyped cruise traveler. Below, find the best cruise for your ideal getaway.

Norwegian Cruise Line - Best for Families

Norwegian Cruise Line is a staple in the cruise world, with 17 cruise ships and a variety of destinations. Some of the popular family destinations that Norwegian Cruise Line visits include Hawaii, Australia, the Middle East, the Bahamas, and Alaska. For the kids, Norwegian Cruise Line ships like Norwegian Epic pack adventure, including:

  • Karting
  • Water slides
  • Mini-golf

Even more, if you have kids under 12 years old, they get to eat for free at specialty restaurants onboard Norwegian Cruise Line ships.

UnCruise Adventures - Best for Adventure Travelers

Adventure travelers now can explore places off the beaten path thanks to adventure focused UnCruise Adventures. This cruise line specializes in small-ship cruises that bring travelers to adventurous places, with a lifestyle of adventure on and offshore. The company’s small ships are able to venture up rivers and into places of the world where travelers can see nature up close. Destinations include Panama, Costa Rica, the Galapagos, and the Pacific Northwest. Adventure activities include snorkeling, kayaking, dolphin watching, and many more.


Royal Caribbean - Best Onboard Entertainment and Dining

Royal Caribbean distinguishes itself in the quality and variety of the onboard amenities. Its dining and entertainment are both a class above the rest, making it a fit for lifestyle travelers who want the best cruise living. With Royal Caribbean, you don’t have to go offshore at the various ports of call to enjoy the best parts of a cruise. Onboard orchestral concerts are paired with specialty dining including Isumi Asian Cuisine, Portofino, and DreamWorks Character Dining.

Crystal Cruises - Best for the Solo Traveler

With its reduced supplement fares for lone travelers, Crystal Cruises is a suitable option for those traveling on their own. With regular cruise lines and tour operators, solo travelers often have to pay more for a room on a cruise ship than two people. This practice discourages lone travelers. However, with Crystal Cruises, you get tours, cruise ships, and packages specially designed for solo travelers. Crystal Cruises’ destinations include Rome, Vienna, Montreal, and Buenos Aires. The company also offers riverboat cruises as well as yacht voyages.

To Consider Before Your Purchase

Booking your cruise early is a good way to not only get the best rooms on board, but to save money as well. Should the price of comparable rooms drop after you have booked already, you might be able to pay the lower price.

Our Notes

  • Norwegian Cruise Line: Ports of call include cover most regions of the world, including Barcelona, Yokohama, Honolulu, Venice, Buenos Aires, and Quebec.
  • UnCruise Adventures: The company has won awards including the 2018 Travel Weekly Magellan Silver Award for Best Expedition Cruise.
  • Royal Caribbean: One of its newest ships, Symphony of the Seas, offers a packed onboard experience with, among other entertainments, the tallest slide at sea.
  • Crystal Cruises: The single supplement for solo travelers can be as low as 110%, much less than typical in the industry.

What Do They Say on Other Sites

“What an amazing cruise experience!! Crystal meets and surpasses all expectations! The dining choices are fantastic.”  (Barbara P. on Yelp)

“We have not even left on our cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines to Alaska and we have had a horrible experience and we are stuck with what they choose to give us.”  (William of North Attleboro, MA, on Consumer Affairs)

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