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Top Cruise Lines: Readers' Choice Awards 2021

Condé Nast Traveler logo Condé Nast Traveler 10/5/2021 CNT Editors
a large ship in a body of water: Cruising has had an interesting evolution over the last century, from the luxurious expeditions to Antarctica to the proliferation of the mega-ship, with outrageous amenities like roller coasters and robot bartenders on the high seas. Today, there’s an entire range of sailings that span these two categories and many more, from intimate river ships exploring historic Europe, to adventurous expeditions to the Galápagos, to intimate, yacht-like experiences that are the ultimate in luxury—as well as their access to harder-to-reach destinations. For our 32nd annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey—yes, more than three decades—a record 600,000 registered voters weighed in. We’re ever curious about where you go, what you loved, and who you went with. As you continue to travel, we continue to listen: Here’s are the cruise lines you loved most this year—proving our theory that there’s a cruise out there for everyone. © Courtesy Crystal Cruises

Cruising has had an interesting evolution over the last century, from the luxurious expeditions to Antarctica to the proliferation of the mega-ship, with outrageous amenities like roller coasters and robot bartenders on the high seas. Today, there’s an entire range of sailings that span these two categories and many more, from intimate river ships exploring historic Europe, to adventurous expeditions to the Galápagos, to intimate, yacht-like experiences that are the ultimate in luxury—as well as their access to harder-to-reach destinations. For our 32nd annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey—yes, more than three decades—a record 600,000 registered voters weighed in. We’re ever curious about where you go, what you loved, and who you went with. As you continue to travel, we continue to listen: Here’s are the cruise lines you loved most this year—proving our theory that there’s a cruise out there for everyone.

Mega Ships (more than 4,000 passengers)

  1. Norwegian Cruise Line 88.814
  2. Royal Caribbean International 87.69
  3. MSC Cruises 84.438

Large Ships (2,500 to 4,000 passengers)

  1. Disney Cruise Line 94.01
  2. Celebrity Cruises 88.59
  3. Cunard Line 87.74
  4. Princess Cruises 87.19
  5. Holland America Line 86.88
  6. MSC Cruises 84.99
  7. Royal Caribbean International 84.85
  8. Carnival Cruise Line 82.78
  9. Norwegian Cruise Line 82.78
  10. P&O Cruises 82.34
  11. Costa Cruises 78.49

Medium Ships (500 to 2,500 passengers)

  1. Viking Ocean Cruises 94.95
  2. Crystal Cruises 93.54
  3. Seabourn 93.34
  4. Regent Seven Seas Cruises 92.68
  5. Oceania Cruises 91.80
  6. Silversea Cruises 90.61
  7. MSC Cruises 90.51
  8. Cunard Line 88.99
  9. Hurtigruten 88.64
  10. P&O Cruises 88.57
  11. Azamara 88.40
  12. Holland America Line 87.04
  13. Celebrity Cruises 84.26
  14. Marella Cruises 84.02
  15. Carnival Cruise Line 83.59
  16. Royal Caribbean International 83.20
  17. Princess Cruises 83.05
  18. Norwegian Cruise Line 81.63

Small Ships (fewer than 500 passengers)

  1. Lindblad Expeditions 96.19
  2. Paul Gaugin Cruises 95.52
  3. Regent Seven Seas Cruises 94.80
  4. Seabourn 94.10
  5. Windstar Cruises 94.09
  6. American Cruise Line 93.19
  7. Quasar Expeditions 93.02
  8. Silversea Cruises 92.42
  9. Metropolitan Touring 92.21
  10. SeaDream Yacht Club 91.46
  11. Celebrity Cruises 91.43
  12. Ponant 89.34
  13. Crystal Yacht Cruises 89.33
  14. Star Clippers 87.77
  15. Sea Cloud Cruises 87.14

River Ships

  1. Viking River Cruises 98.77
  2. Tauck River Cruising 97.52
  3. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection 96.75
  4. Grand Circle Cruise Line 96.00
  5. Vantage Deluxe World Cruises 94.29
  6. AMAWaterways 93.54
  7. American Queen Steamboat Company 93.41
  8. Crystal River Cruises 93.22
  9. Avalon Waterways 92.28
  10. Delfin Amazon Cruises 90.34
  11. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours 89.88
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