It’s time to plan your next cruise with our annual list of some of the best ships to set sail this year. We’ve pulled together a panel of experts — including Bill Panoff, publisher and editor-in-chief of Porthole Cruise Magazine; Jason Leppert, editor of PopularCruising.com; and Anne Campbell, editor of CruisingFromNewYork.com and ShipCriticBlog.com — to help choose our coveted Travel’s Best Cruises 2015. See what cruise lines were picked for specific categories such as Best Caribbean Cruise, Best Luxury Cruise, Best Mediterranean Cruise and Best Theme Cruise. And find out which cruise ship made our list for the second year in a row.
Walter Christen's insight:
Travel Channel reveals its list of the best cruise ships to set sail this year. Get detailed info on why each cruise ship made this list. This is a very nice list of cruises to get you started thinking about your perfect vacation.
My only beef: Carnival for best food? Guy's Burger Joint and the The BlueIguana Cantina aboard Carnival's Fun 2.0 ships are nice, but they really can't touch the fare at some of the higher-end cruise lines, including Regent Seven Seas, Oceania, Silversea, Celebrity Cruises and even Seabourn and Holland America.
Best Alaskan Cruise: Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Solstice
Best Caribbean Cruise: Sea Dream Yacht Club, Sea Dream I and Sea Dream II
Best European River Cruise: AmaWaterways, AmaCerto
Best Family Cruise: Royal Caribbean, Anthem of the Seas
Best Hawaiian Cruise: Norwegian Cruise Line, Pride of America
Best Luxury Cruise: Seabourn Cruise Line, Seabourn Odyssey
Best Mediterranean Cruise: Viking Ocean Cruises, Viking Star
Best Mexican Cruise: Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Miracle
Unexpected Cruise for Food: Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Breeze