2022 Best Luxury Cruise Lines Rankings


Looking to research and book a luxury cruise vacation? U.S. News found the cruise lines that consistently land on top.

@Regent Seven Seas Cruises: #3 in Best Luxury Cruise Lines

Luxury cruise lines have long enticed travelers seeking a superior experience.

U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hotels, Best Vacations and Best Travel Rewards Programs, announced the 2022 Best Cruise Lines rankings,designed to provide up-to-date information on the leading cruise lines.

With much of the world reopening to international travel, U.S. News surveyed travelers to understand the effects of COVID-19 on cruiser sentiments. U.S. News unveiled the survey results at the Seatrade Global Conference in October which found that cruisers – both first-time and longtime – are booked at higher levels than before the pandemic. The survey data also revealed that of the frequent travelers who indicated that they would cruise again, 20% are already signed up for their next sailing.

“Though most avenues of travel have been impacted throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the cruise industry has seen the most challenges,” said Nicola Wood, travel editor at U.S. News. “U.S. News is excited to once again highlight the leading cruise lines and provide in-depth information on ships, onboard activities and itineraries to travelers looking to research and book a cruise vacation.”

Celebrity Cruises takes the No. 1 spot as the Best Cruise Line for the Money. Viking Ocean Cruises is the No. 1 Best Cruise Line for Couples and Best Luxury Cruise Line thanks to its adult-focused environment and luxurious and romantic amenities, such as fireplaces in each ship’s common area and private verandas in every stateroom.

Disney Cruise Line, which offers ships tailored specifically to children and families, has remained the No. 1 Best Cruise Line for Families since U.S. News began ranking cruise lines. Additionally, for the eighth consecutive year, Disney is also the No. 1 Best Cruise Line in the Caribbean. Viking Ocean Cruises takes the spot of No. 1 Best Cruise Line in the Mediterranean for 2022.

The rankings help travelers select the best cruise by brand, region, traveler type and budget. This year’s rankings are accompanied by an editorial rundown of the most popular river cruise lines for those looking for guidance on a different type of cruise that still offers itineraries with multiple destinations.

The methodology for the Best Cruise Lines rankings factors in expert evaluations of cruise ship quality, reputation among travelers, results from health assessments conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other factors, such as price class and itinerary offerings.

2022 U.S. News Best Cruise Lines Rankings


Best Cruise For Luxury

  • Viking Ocean Cruises: #1 in Best Luxury Cruise Lines

Smaller ships (with verandas in every cabin) and destination-focused itineraries are a couple of things that set Viking Ocean Cruises apart from other lines. Viking’s emphasis on cultural enrichment means you can expect activities like TED Talk screenings, cooking classes and riveting stage performances on board, as well as shore excursions like exclusive after-hours museum visits or culinary tours.

  • Seabourn Cruise Line: #2 in Best Luxury Cruise Lines

Seabourn treats travelers to a luxury cruising experience with its all-suite accommodations, personalized service and excellent upscale dining options. Cruisers sailing with Seabourn can relax knowing that everything is covered in their cruise rate, including meals, fitness classes, enrichment activities and nonalcoholic and alcoholic drinks.

Travelers can indulge in excellent food and drink at Regent’s sophisticated dining venues and enjoy various spa treatments at the decadent Serene Spa & Wellness center. Onboard enrichment programs offer culinary and cultural history lessons, and travelers will have access to complimentary shore excursions, such as vineyard tours in Bordeaux, France.

  • Azamara: #4 in Best Luxury Cruise Lines

Azamara’s small ships can reach off-the-beaten-path destinations, allowing the cruise line to offer unique shore excursions. Thanks to the AzAmazing Evenings program, guests can immerse themselves in one complimentary night of local culture, such as a show by the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. Azamara also offers outstanding service, an intimate atmosphere and elegant suites.

  • Crystal Cruises: #5 in Best Luxury Cruise Lines

With its Michelin-inspired cuisine, penthouse suites and engaging enrichment programs, Crystal beckons to VIPs. Sailing with Crystal, you can expect first-rate customer service (the line maintains a nearly 1-to-1 crew-to-guest ratio) and versatile shore excursions, ranging from private canal boat tours in Amsterdam to jogging outings around the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

  • Silversea Cruises: #6 in Best Luxury Cruise Lines

Silversea Cruises specializes in exclusivity and personalization, with all-suite accommodations, exotic itineraries and gourmet restaurants. While its ships are smaller, Silversea still sets the bar high for upscale cruising. On board, you can attend stimulating lectures or take advantage of butler service while in your suite.

  • Oceania Cruises: #7 in Best Luxury Cruise Lines

Oceania’s gourmet dining, cooking classes and culinary shore excursions cater to foodies. Plus, Oceania’s midsize ships offer a high level of personalized attention, with four of its six vessels hosting just 684 passengers each. Passengers also praise the ships’ elegant decor.

  • Best Cruises For Families:

Disney Cruise Line;
Royal Caribbean International;
Carnival Cruise Line.

  • Best Cruises For Couples:

Viking Ocean Cruises;
Seabourn Cruise Line;

  • Best Cruises In the Mediterranean:

Viking Ocean Cruises;
Seabourn Cruise Line;

  • Best Cruises For the Money:

Celebrity Cruises;
Holland America Line;
Royal Caribbean International.

  • Best Cruises In the Caribbean:

@Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Disney Cruise Line;
Celebrity Cruises;
Seabourn Cruise Line.