Royal Caribbean International

This year‘s winners take luxury cruising to a whole new (sea) level. Whether you prefer the vast amenities of a large ship or the intimacy of a smaller one, these cruise lines are sure to give you the nautical experience of a lifetime. The ports and expeditions will not dissapoint either.  


1. Royal Caribbean International
2. Norwegian Cruise Line
3. Disney Cruise Line
4. Celebrity Cruises
5. Holland America Line

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Royal Caribbean International

The line synonymous with cruising far beyond its eponymous islands, Royal Caribbean continues to secure the top position in our reader poll. A new strategy of tapping well-known talent is enhancing its brand. Partnering with Mattel Barbie, the cruise line is giving the famed doll center stage in onboard fashion shows, movies, tea parties — and even a stateroom filled with Barbie amenities. Meanwhile, Emmy and Tony Award-winning celebrity Kristin Chenoweth has become godmother to the line’s new ship, Quantum of the Seas, debuting fall 2014.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Starting February 2014, Norwegian Cruise Line will be adding a touch of magic to its ship Norwegian Getaway. The Illusionarium, brainchild of Broadway director/choreographer Patricia Wilcox, Tony Award-winning scenic designer David Gallo, and magician Jeff Hobson, is a new dining show full of antique spell books in a steampunk-inspired environment. At the heart of it all is a 30-foot-diameter video dome aimed at launching imaginations. Each cruise will offer a dozen shows (two per night).

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Disney Cruise Line

Parent to every child’s favorite cartoon characters and the trendsetter for purpose-built family cruise ships, the Disney Cruise Line brings its own fairy tale to the European coastline. Starting in 2013, the Disney Magic will return to Europe with sailings from Barcelona including inaugural stops in Venice, Italy; Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast; Ephesus, Turkey; and the Greek Isles. The newest Disney ship, Disney Fantasy from fleet J, introduces an industry first: the AquaDuck, an on-board water coaster with twists, turns, drops, uphill acceleration, and river rapids.