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What are the best cruise lines? A variety of different factors can be considered when deciding which cruise line is truly the greatest. Among them: the size of the staterooms, the various destinations offered, excursions, and certainly safety and price. This list includes some of the most well-known cruise lines in the U.S., Europe and throughout the world. Vote for the cruise lines you like the most, vote down any you don't like and add any that might be missing.

Which is better, a large-ship cruise line or a smaller one? It all depends on what you want from your cruising experience. Some people might prefer the convenience and amenities offered on some of the larger cruise ship lines, while others much prefer the fun of taking a cruise on a mid-size ship. Destinations are also key: Some people are more into the whole experience at sea side of cruising, while others enjoy the convenience of being able to visit some of the most magical cities in the world in a matter of a few days.

Activity level also comes into play: Some cruise lines are geared toward the more adventurous among us, while others are perfect for travelers who just want to lie back, chill out and enjoy a lazy, relaxing vacation without hassle. For those who want to visit certain historical landmarks, cruises are often a way to accomplish this in a shorter period of time.

For those who want to sail the seven seas in the lap of luxury, cruise lines like Crystal and Cunard are a great choice. If kids are involved, then Disney Cruise Lines might be the perfect solution to a great family cruising experience. This list of major cruise lines includes the biggest, and the best.

Safety is without question a hugely important consideration with regard to cruise lines. Recent problems involving Carnival Cruise Lines, in particular, have brought this issue even more in the forefront of potential cruiser's minds. And 2012's tragic Costa Concordia incident near Tuscany reminded everyone that while cruising is a generally safe and enjoyable way to travel, it isn't without risk.
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Royal Caribbean International is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cruise Lines
Royal Caribbean International Tourism, Hospitality, Water Transportation

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Disney Cruise Line is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cruise Lines
Disney Cruise Line Hospitality

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Celebrity Cruises is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cruise Lines

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Norwegian Cruise Line is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cruise Lines
Norwegian Cruise Line Transportation

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Princess Cruises is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cruise Lines

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Carnival Cruise Lines is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cruise Lines

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Windstar Cruises is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cruise Lines

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Holland America Line is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cruise Lines

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Crystal Cruises is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cruise Lines

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Oceania Cruises is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cruise Lines

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cruise Lines

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Azamara Journey Inc is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cruise Lines

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Cunard Line is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cruise Lines

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Star Cruises is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cruise Lines

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Seabourn Cruise Line is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cruise Lines
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MSC Cruises is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cruise Lines

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Costa Crociere is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cruise Lines