Top 8 Cruise Lines in 2017


InsureMyTrip reveals travelers’ favorite cruise lines in 2017. The list, based on travel insurance purchases for cruise vacations so far this year, shows how Americans prefer hitting the high seas.

#1 Carnival Cruise Line

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No surprise, Carnival tops the list. The popular “fun” cruise line with 25 ships operating 3-to-16 day voyages attracts families with regular promotional deals and onboard activities. Carnival now offers more Caribbean cruises leaving out of Galveston, Port Canaveral, and Miami. Cuba trips via the company’s Fathom line are set for 2018. (Photo Credit: Carnival)

#2 Royal Caribbean International


Royal Caribbean is the second most popular cruise line, according to consumer data from InsureMyTrip.  The brand was also voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” by Travel Weekly. Adventure-types like the new Harmony of the Seas, the ship with the tallest waterslide. Top itineraries include the Caribbean and Bahamas. (Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean)

#3 Norwegian Cruise Line


Norwegian gets third. Known to draw west coast cruisers, the line’s newest vessel, Norwegian Bliss, will sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises in 2018. It also added a cruise to Southern Belize and has plans to head to Cuba soon. (Photo Credit: Norwegian)

#4 Celebrity Cruises

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Celebrity Cruises first hit the seas in 1990. Today, its fleet includes 10 Solstice Class ships built with a modern touch. Celebrity cruisers enjoy award-winning dining and personalized service along with the luxurious atmosphere. Alaska and the Caribbean are some of the most sought-after itineraries.  (Photo Credit: Celebrity)

#5 Holland America Line


Holland America Line offers some of the most spacious and comfy ships at sea, award-winning service, world class dining, and plenty of activities. The line’s fleet includes 14 mid-size ships that head to 400+ ports in nearly 100 countries. Guests staying in suites can expect red carpet treatment, with access to private lounges and a personal concierge. A 15th ship is due next year. (Photo Credit: Holland)

#6 Princess Cruises


Cruisers looking for affordability may prefer Princess. The line takes on more than one million passengers every year and offers trips to 300+ destinations worldwide. Ships offer 24-hour dining options and outside theaters. Royal Princess, the newest ship, features an over-water SeaWalk. (Photo Credit: Princess)

#7 Disney Cruise Line

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Since launching the line in 1998, Disney continues to expand its successful cruise line. Cruises return to New York with sailings to the Bahamas and the Canadian coast this fall. Also, expect first-time visits to Alaska’s Icy Strait Point and Hubbard Glacier. Its fleet includes four ships — the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. A family favorite, the line gets kudos for its fireworks display at sea, an entire deck for kids’ activities and onboard character sightings. Top pick? Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay. (Photo Credit: Disney)

#8 MSC Cruises

With 12 ultramodern ships and plenty of sea view balcony staterooms, Switzerland-based MSC Cruises  attract cruisers looking for luxury. The cruise line offers 2,000 excursions and tours in 190 destinations in 73 countries. Ideal for older couples looking for a relaxing ocean experience and adults-only pools, spas, and 4-D cinemas.

5 comments on “Top 8 Cruise Lines in 2017”

  1. These results are tainted. It reflects the sheer number of people that sail on each cruise line and not the quality and service of any one line. There are a number of companies that offer much better service in every respect; but because less people travel with them, they get fewer votes. A true test would have been to apportion the votes to how many passengers travel with each cruise line. Example: If ten times as many people travel on Carnival as opposed to Regent; then Regent only needs to get one-tenth as many votes to be on par with Carnival.

  2. I will not go on a ‘floating city’ again! Small ship cruising, such as Lindblad, are FAR SUPERIOR in itinerary, personal attention, and educational opportunities such as in-depth scientific, wildlife, historical and cultural lectures during the voyage. The line has a wonderful Open Bridge policy, which invites guests to go on the bridge and learn about navigation, join naturalists in searching for wildlife, or just hang out, etc. The ships’ shallow draft permits them to go into natural areas and small villages that cannot accommodate floating cities. The massages are w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l, and you can spend the entire cruise in jeans if you wish. It’s more expensive, but worth every penny. Almost everything is included in the fare.

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