On rivers and oceans around the world, cruising is on the rise as a popular way to travel. According to Cruising.org, more than 23 million passengers boarded cruise ships in 2015, and that number is expected to rise in 2016 and beyond.
With over 60 cruise lines to choose from (and each line operating numerous ships and itineraries), picking the right cruise can be overwhelming.
To help narrow it down, our panel of cruising experts have nominated their favorite ocean cruise lines, river cruise lines, boutique cruise lines, cruise ships for dining, cruise ships for entertainment and cruise ships for families. Now we need your opinion. Vote once per day for your favorite in each category.
Your votes will help determine our winners, announced on 10Best on Friday, December 23.
Best Ocean Cruise Line
Ocean cruising has transformed into a diverse industry with a perfect itinerary and ship for just about any type of traveler. These 20 ocean cruise lines are quite diverse. Some ply the seven seas with mega ships outfitted with water parks and skating rinks. Others offer the intimacy of a luxe yacht or clipper ship. Some focus on time at port, while others provide long days at sea.
Best River Cruise Line
Check in, unpack once and let your floating hotel show you around some of the world's most spectacular waterways. River cruising has recently exploded in popularity as a comfortable and affordable way to explore a region, from the Rhine to the Mekong to the Amazon.
Best Boutique Cruise Line
Boutique cruise lines bring something extra to the cruising experience, whether it be small ships with attractive passenger-to-staff ratios, luxury amenities, unique on-board activities and excursions, or all-inclusive fares.
Best Cruise Ship for Families
Some 1.6 million kids board cruise ships each year, and since cruises provide excellent vacation value, the family demographic continues to grow. The newest, biggest and best ships wandering the world's waters are catering to young passengers in myriad innovative ways, facilitating at-sea experiences that seem impossible – indoor sky diving, bumper cars and 300-foot water slides to name a few.
Best Cruise Ship for Dining
Gone are the days of fixed seating meals at the same table night after night (unless of course that's what you want). More and more, cruise lines are catering to their passengers' discerning palates with a whole range of dining options at sea. These 20 nominees for Best Cruise Ship for Dining create the perfect cruising experience for foodies with top-notch complimentary and alternative dining.
Best Cruise Ship for Entertainment
Days at sea are a good thing when you're sailing aboard one of these 20 ships, nominated by a panel of cruising experts as the best cruise ships for entertainment. From Broadway-style shows to bowling alleys at sea, passengers on board have to try hard to be bored.
Remember to visit 10Best.com daily to vote in these and other Readers' Choice categories, and check back on December 23 to see who takes home top honors.