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Best Ocean Cruise Line (2021)

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  • Carnival Cruise Line

    Carnival Cruise Line

    Carnival Cruise Line caters to families and casual cruisers with its fleet of "Fun Ships." On these big ship cruises, passengers have no excuse to feel bored; ships come equipped with water parks, glitzy casinos, live entertainment and a focus on diverse, casual dining, highlighted by a partnership with celebrity chef Guy Fieri to bring Guy's Burger Joint to the fleet. All of this comes at affordable price points.
    Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

  • Viking Ocean Cruises

    Viking Ocean Cruises

    Viking Cruises earned its reputation through its affordable, destination-focused river cruises. With the debut of Viking Star in April 2015, the line made a grand entrance into the world of ocean cruising. Now the line has nine ocean vessels. All cabins come with balconies and are notably larger than the industry average, and while the ships lack a casino and kids club, they offer the same destination-intensive programming that made river cruising so popular.
    Photo courtesy of Viking Ocean Cruises

  • Princess Cruises

    Princess Cruises

    Princess Cruises' line of large and mega-sized ships sail nearly everywhere big ships can go, and they do so with traditional style and innovative touches. Adults-only deck areas and poolside movie screens were largely Princess innovations, and the fleet's atriums, called Piazzas, pioneered the idea of an atrium gathering place, filled with dining and drinking options.
    Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

  • MSC Cruises

    MSC Cruises

    MSC Cruises, the largest privately-owned cruise line in the world, has deep European roots evident in each of its 15 ships and on each of its sailings through its elegant décor, authentic internationally-inspired cuisines and elevated onboard entertainment. MSC offers the highest percentage of sea view balcony state rooms per ship of any line.
    Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises

  • Cunard

    Cunard

    Cunard's three luxury vessels draw inspiration from the golden age of elegant ocean liners, and it's one of the best for making trans-Atlantic crossings. Entertainment options abound, with plenty to fill the hours of days at sea. There's an old world formality to it all, including restaurant assignments based on cabin class, but service is stand out all around. A fourth vessel is set to debut in 2022.
    Photo courtesy of Cunard

  • Royal Caribbean International

    Royal Caribbean International

    Royal Caribbean International designed its fleet with the active cruiser in mind. Sure, you can laze away sea days on a deck lounger or ship library, but you can also go rock climbing, sky diving, zip lining, surfing, ice skating or bowling – all at sea. Royal Caribbean operates the four largest ships in the world, including the Odyssey of the Seas which debuted in 2019.
    Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

  • Celebrity Cruises

    Celebrity Cruises

    Celebrity Cruises earns high marks for their spacious accommodations, as well as the money and effort they spend to keep their fleet sleek and modern. While kid- and teen-centric amenities are there, Celebrity really shines with its adult offerings, including above-the-norm alternative restaurants, world-class art collections, upscale boutiques and AquaSpa cabins geared toward the spa-going cruise crowd.
    Photo courtesy of Daniel Haussmann / Celebrity Cruises

  • Holland America Line

    Holland America Line

    Holland America Line offers guests enriching journeys in distinctively classic cruise style, connecting them to the most fascinating people, places and cultures on earth. Itineraries span the globe with more than 400 ports of call, a number unequaled among premium cruise lines, and more than 500 carefully crafted itineraries. With elegant fine dining and gracious service Holland America Line’s mid-sized ships welcome guests onboard to discover timeless cruising, refined for a new generation.
    Photo courtesy of Holland America Line

  • Hurtigruten

    Hurtigruten

    Hurtigruten specializes in exploration voyages in Norway, Iceland and Greenland, as well as Europe, Africa, South America, Central America, Arctic Canada and the Antarctic. While the Hurtigruten fleet of expedition ships is designed to sail to remote areas, onboard facilities are modern and comfortable – a perfect base for enjoying spectacular scenery, immersive shore excursions and nature-based activities.
    Photo courtesy of Hurtigruten

  • Disney Cruise Line

    Disney Cruise Line

    Those who've never been on a Disney cruise might be tempted to think they're only for families, and while they certainly excel in that arena, they deliver for adults as well. Strong yet subtle theming caters to Disney lovers of all ages, and the live stage productions rank among the best at sea. While grown-ups enjoy the fleet's adults-only areas, little ones participate in a kids program unmatched by anyone else.
    Photo courtesy of Matt Stroshane / Disney Cruise Line

Whether you prefer long days at sea or ample time in diverse ports of call, mega-ships packed with features or intimate yachts, more restaurants than a resort or a single luxury dining room, there's a cruise line out there for you. What's your favorite ocean cruise line? 

The top 10 winners in the category Best Ocean Cruise Line are as follows:

  1. Carnival Cruise Line
  2. Viking Ocean Cruises
  3. Princess Cruises
  4. MSC Cruises
  5. Cunard
  6. Royal Caribbean International
  7. Celebrity Cruises
  8. Holland America Line
  9. Hurtigruten
  10. Disney Cruise Line

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning cruise lines!

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