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  The Best Place To Be At Sea Awards for 2016-2017  

The Best Place To Be At Sea Awards

2016-2017 Top 30 Cruise Ships chosen by Cruise Traveler Magazine.

Highlighting the most popular cruise ships of the year.

These cruise traveler favorites, chosen with the help of the cruise experts at Cruise Reviews Online are the latest, based on their cruise reviews, and make up our list of the Top 30 best cruise ships.

Compare the list to your own cruise experience.  Match your your personality, interests, and lifestyle to the list and see which ship best works for you.

Cruise Traveler Magazine and Cruise Reviews Online feature cruise reviews on more than 185 cruise ships on the world's Top Cruise Lines, so don't be disappointed if your favorite isn't on the list below. Still not sure which cruise ship is the best for you? Just read the cruise reviews, then give us a call ( 800.365.1445 ) and one of our experts will be happy to help you plan your perfect cruise vacation.

Over the last ten years, a number of new ships have entered the market. These ships come in all shapes, sizes, and personality, each one designed to peak your interests, and lifestyle.   Finding the perfect cruise ship isn't always easy for first-time cruisers and people who haven't cruised for years. These days, cruise ships range from the intimate luxury yachts of Seabourn, to full-service floating resorts the size of a small city (Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas- 6000 + passengers!)  

New cruise ships come into service each year, and classic ships are constantly being remodeled and upgraded to offer guests the latest and greatest amenities at sea. So if you want the inside scoop on choosing a a cruise ship that's right for you, you've come to the right place.

Cruise Traveler Magazine's

 "The Best Place To Be At Sea"

Cruise Ships List for 2016-2017.

The semi-annual ( Jan & July ) Best Cruise Ships List has been compiled by Cruise Travel Magazine's editor and publishers, Raye & Marty Trencher, and reflects the best cruise ships as reviewed at Cruise Reviews Online.  In total, 30 ships made it to the 2015-2016 list.  You will find luxury, premium, mainstream, and river cruise small-ships on the list. This reflects the diversity of cruise ships and the appeal they have to a wide variety of interests and activities for cruise travelers.

Here they are...

   Cruise Traveler Magazine

Europe: Cruise the Mediterranean and Greek Isles

Travelers looking to book vacations to Europe should seriously consider a cruise. Cruising delivers substantial value and terrific benefits, from saving on hotel bookings to world-class onboard entertainment options to the ease of booking offshore excursions. Cruising through Europe effectively removes much of the stress inherent to international travel.  

• Royal Caribbean International

Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, and Jewel of the Seas

Allure of the Seas
Brilliance of the Seas
Jewel of the Seas
Oasis of the Seas
Radiance of the Seas

Editor's Note: Raye & Marty Trencher reviewed Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas The World's Largest Cruise Ship, when they sailed on her maiden voyage port of call to Falmouth Jamaica.  Along with her twin, Oasis of the Seas, both ships offer some of the best entertainment afloat, along with outstanding onboard activities for both adults and kids.

• Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Gem
Norwegian Jade
Norwegian Jewel
Norwegian Pearl

• Princess Cruises

Caribbean Princess
Crown Princess
Diamond Princess
Emerald Princess
Sapphire Princess

• Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Eclipse
Celebrity Equinox
Celebrity Silhouette
Celebrity Solstice

• The Yachts of Seabourn

Seabourn Odyssey
Seabourn Encore
Seabourn Quest
Seabourn Sojourn

• Silversea Cruises

Silver Shadow
Silver Spirit
Silver Whisper

• Cunard Line

Queen Victoria

• Windstar Cruises

Wind Surf

• Disney Cruise Line

Disney Dream
Disney Fantasy

• Crystal Cruises


Crystal Serenity
Crystal Symphony

• Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Seven Seas Mariner

• Viking River Cruises

Europe RIVER Cruises  


In addition to spectacular glaciers, those who cruise Alaska by sea, there's the opportunity to spot the breathtaking breach of a humpback whale or soaring seabirds such as puffins, terns, gulls, eiders and many others.

Alaska Interactive  Cruise & Travel Map

To help you plan for a wide range of spectacular Alaska vacations, we’re proud to offer you this  full-color 24" x 18" map is available FREE for viewing online and can be printed out for future reference. It brings the true expansiveness of the Great Land to life and illustrates how we can can show you all the best of Alaska.  View the Map

In The News - Featured Article

Alaska - The Last Cruise Frontier  

A destination that should be at the top of every cruise enthusiasts bucket list

 by Chris Dikmen

"Alaska is one of the most popular cruise destinations in the world. And, for those of you fortunate enough to have visited the 49th state, you know why. The scenery is breathtaking and the wildlife awe-inspiring. Alaska is one of the "must see" destinations in the world, and there is no better way to see it than by cruise ship.
... Read the featured article

If you've never cruised before, you probably have a boatload of questions. That's why we created this indispensible first-time cruiser's guide, filled with useful cruising tips, expert advice, and more.

  Raye & Marty Trencher

  Cruise Traveler Magazine

  Publisher and Editors

If you've never cruised before, you probably have a boatload of questions. That's why we created this indispensible first-time cruiser's guide, filled with useful cruising tips, expert advice, and more. Find answers to your most pressing questions, get advice on how to choose the perfect ship, cruise line, and stateroom, use the cruise destinations guide to plan your trip, and learn more about the action-packed activities that await onboard. Get your sea legs before you sail with our first-time cruiser tips.

  First Time Cruisers - What You Need To Know Before You Go. All About Cruising!


Ask The Experts provides information, advice, cruise reviews and cruise tips from Raye & Marty Trencher, professional travel writers, and the Cruise Lines International Association.

All About Cruising Africa  

All About Cruising Alaska

All About Cruising Antarctica

All About Cruising Bahamas

All About Cruising Bermuda

All About Mexico Cruises

Transatlantic Cruises

European River Cruises

All About Cruising Canada, New England, And The US Coast

All About Cruising Central America And The Panama Canal

All About Cruising Australia and New Zealand

All About Cruising Hawaii, Polynesia, Tahiti,The South Pacific

All About Northern Europe, Scandinavia Cruises

All About South America Cruises

All About Southern Europe and The Mediterranean Cruises

All About The Far East and the Orient Cruises

E-mail the Editors

Send us your questions about cruising or comment about the articles, content, and features you read about.

Featured Articles

from our online magazine...

• Alaska's Lure Of Adventure

• A New Dawn in Shanghai

• Mallorca: The Island Of Tranquility

• Antarctica: The Seventh Continent

• Panama Canal: The History, Journey

• Set Sail in Asia: Far East, Far Out




 Cruise Secrets Revealed


Did You Know?

Most cruise lines do not allow travel agents to advertise prices lower than the cruise lines offer to those who book directly with the cruise line. However, some do allow travel agencies to discount by rebating part of the commissions, when dealing directly with a potential customer. If you are shopping the Internet for cruise prices, you're most likely going to find many travel sites quoting the same price. But, the price you're seeing on a travel agent's web site is not necessarily the best price that travel agency is able to offer you. To find out a travel agency's best price on a particular cruise, you should call them, or  e-mail them a request for a price quote. Most travel agencies have toll-free phone numbers. Don't hesitate to call or email them-- you could save a lot!

Form a Group. Save BIG!

Did you know the most overlooked way to stretch your dollar is to form your own cruise group. Traveling with family or friends, or both, can lower costs enough so you can travel even when the economies not that good. Of course, most of us don't have the time - or inclination - to make the calls and do the research for an entire group. It's a big job. On the other hand, booking a group cruise is easy for a professional travel agent.

Your agent can create a package that works for you, while your group will realize across-the-board savings  from group discounts that your agent discovers.

Find Out More

The Official Cruise Tour Guide is a free service of Cruise Traveler Magazine that delivers comprehensive cruise and cruise tour information to first time and seasoned cruise travelers. OCTG is a consumer planning tool to help guests  more efficiently and effectively research, find and choose a cruise or cruise tour best suited to their wants and needs and budget. Real time updated information on more than 250 cruise ships, 24 major brand cruise lines and more than 12,000 individual sailings,including hundred's of 10-18 day cruise tours, all with real-time rate and availability information from the on most of those sailings or departures. Features include information about ports of call, ship photo's, deck plans, stateroom details, onboard amenities. Most viewed, searched and most popular ships and destinations.

When times are good or not....

Travel agents are your secret weapon!

When it comes to ferreting out bargains for your next cruise, whether to Alaska, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe or Mexico, or wherever, did you know your travel agent can do side-by-side cost and stateroom comparisons of over a dozen cruise lines at one time.

First Time Cruiser Tips: What you need to know before you book your cruise.


Cruise Line Rankings

The scores shown reflect average

 overall satisfaction ratings

.See Who's Number One!


Cruise Reports

Compare vital statistics, in-depth cruise reviews and ratings of hundreds of 

Cruise Ships.

Editor's Notes....

So, your thinking about going on a cruise. Good. Now's a great time to go. Looking for a great deal?...who isn't.

Starting to search the Internet, visit some 3rd party sites, read the blogs for advice, do some social networking, or just visiting your neighborhood travel agent?

When it comes to advice, there's a ton of it out there. Some good, Some bad, some, not very accurate. Everyone these days has to put their two-cents of an opinion, out there for view.

What if, you could read detailed and comprehensive cruise reviews from professional travel writers and your fellow cruise travelers. Oh, not the sites that have tens of thousands or more articles or reviews to read. You'll be there all night.  As a matter a fact several nights just to find

what you want, then who knows how long to filter out all the information and mis-information. That's a daunting task you know you don't have time for.

Instead visit Cruise Reviews Online where you can read around 1500 of some of the best cruise line reviews and cruise ship reviews by travelers and cruise experts on today's most popular cruise ships. You will find the information is unbiased and unedited, the writers sharing their cruise experience, good or bad with you. Cruise Reviews Online, is one of the most recognized leading resources for fair and objective cruise reviews and a social networking site focused on information about cruise travel. You can read about all the major cruise line, cruise ship and destination port reviews, ratings and rankings. Read the cruise reviews, view deck plans, ship photos, review the ports of call and more. A lot more, than just two-cents worth! More like a ton of penny's. Here are some examples. 

 Cruise Tip Of The Week

Last minute cruises have become the best deals afloat for savvy travelers. Last-minute cruise deals let you book a cabin on a cruise that has not sold out around 60 days of sailing. Just like the airlines who want to sell every seat, cruise lines don't like to sail with a vacant cabin. Cruise lines make a lot of more money than the cruise fare.

Guests spend big money on drinks, the spa, photos, gambling, on-board shopping and shore excursions. Empty cabins mean less profit. Because all the cabins need to be sold so the ship sails full, last-minute cruises are deeply discounted. Travel agents work with the cruise line to make these last minute cruises very attractive. Big retail travel websites offer deals to cruise destinations at prices as much as 80% off. Guests should visit these websites often, as prices, availability and offers change daily. Don't forget to sign up for e-mail alerts.

Princess Cruises Named "Best Cruise Line in Alaska " for 2012

in the annual Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards. Visit Alaska Cruises Direct for details on how to sail with Princess to Alaska this Summer...

Check out our latest cruise destinations " all around the world" video.

All Around The World

Featured Video

Glacier Bay's postcard views are much more impressive in person!

7 night Alaska Cruises : Priced from $449 for Inside Cabins : Limited Time Offers

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