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These are the 7 most popular cruise lines among Americans right now


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Cruises have seen a huge surge in popularity after years of decline during the pandemic.

For over a year cruise ships leaving the US were completely banned, but now cruise ships are back and bigger than ever.

woman looking out over cruise ship

Cruises are great value for money and it’s easy to visit multiple destinations without a hassle.

Plus, because cruise ships come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, sailing all over the world, there’s a cruise for everyone.

From huge ships with water parks and rock-climbing walls to elegant and intimate ocean liners with excellent dining options, you can find a cruise that offers the pace and lifestyle that’s right for you.

But which cruise line is right for you?

According to a CruiseCompete trend reportHere are the 7 most popular cruise lines among Americans right now:

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean International is known for its action-packed super-sized ocean liners. In fact, Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas is the world’s largest cruise ship in 2023.

Royal Caribbean works hard to drive innovation at sea and bring as many new and exciting activities to its passengers as possible.

The water park deck on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

From suspended infinity pools to water parks on top of their ships and impressive entertainment lineups to surfing and zip-lining simulators, it would be hard to get bored on a Royal Caribbean ship.

celebrity cruises

Celebrity Cruises is best known for being a premium cruise line, and guests return time and time again thanks to the high-end service it offers, as well as world-class cuisine.

Celebrity Cruises has more expensive entry-level cabins than Royal Caribbean. This reflects the high quality of dining experiences and the overall more refined cruise experience on offer.

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The Celebrity Summit cruise ship at the dock with a palm tree in the foreground.

Celebrity Cruises is also known for its range of unique itineraries, which means passengers can spend their time off the ship in exciting destinations.

Celebrity Cruises has a relatively small fleet, with just 15 different ships.

Carnival Cruise Line

If you’re looking for a high-energy cruise, then Carnival Cruises might be the right line for you.

Carnival cruise ships are often referred to as « party ships, » and the focus of the onboard staff is to cultivate a high-energy atmosphere.

The pool deck of the Carnival Breeze cruise ship, which is docked in Miami.

Carnival currently has a fleet of 24 ships, and they sail all over the world, from Alaska to Australia.

You’ll instantly recognize a Carnival cruise ship by the bright, bold colors it’s decorated in, meant to reflect the bold and bright experience on board.

norwegian cruise line

If you’re looking for a relaxed cruise with few traditional cruising rules, Norwegian Cruise Line might be the right choice for you.

Norwegian introduced the concept of ‘freestyle cruising’. This means that there are no mandatory dress codes or fixed times for eating on board.

The result is a cruise experience that feels fun and relaxed and has a great atmosphere.

A Norwegian cruise ship sailing in the open sea.

The Norwegian cruise line has a fleet of 18 ships.

This means you can sail around the world on a mix of short 2-day itineraries, longer 21-day itineraries, or everything in between.

princess cruises

Princess is the third largest cruise line in the world and the company has been sailing since 1965.

Princess has a solid reputation for being the best in the Alaskan market, which it dominates. But you can sail around the world on a Princess cruise.

princess cruises

You won’t find high-octane activities on a big Princess ship. Unlike other cruises, there are no water parks, climbing walls, or zip lines.

Instead, Princess offers a more traditional ‘old school’ approach to cruising, with understated elegance and an abundance of relaxing lounges and pool decks.

Holland America Line

The Holland America line has been sailing for over 150 years and is best known for its award-winning service.

This service is so exceptional due to the high crew to guest ratio offered on all Holland America ships.

A Holland American cruise ship passes a mountain

From a practical point of view, what makes Holland America unique is that its ships constantly sail around the world – unlike other ocean liners where a ship will sail the same round-trip itinerary.

This means that if you love a route, you can try it on different boats. Or if you love a ship, you can follow it around the world!

MSC Cruises

Like Royal Caribbean, MSC is a family cruise line offering a host of exciting attractions that will appeal to guests of all ages.

Unlike Royal Caribbean, you may not have heard of MSC. This is because, until recently, the line was primarily aimed at a European audience.

An MSC cruise ship docked with palm trees in the foreground.

MSC is a mega ship line, which means that their ships are huge. This allows them to offer resort-style ships with water parks, zip lines, and even racing simulators on board.

5 of the 20 largest cruise ships in the world are currently operated by MSC.

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