Report: Best 8 Cruise Lines for the Money

If you’re thinking about sailing the seas sometime soon, you’ll be glad to know that you may be able to book some affordable cruises right now.

A recent report from U.S.News & World Report shows the best cruise lines for the money. I'll also show you some of the best deals we've found directly from the sites of the cruise lines in the report.

Which Cruise Lines Are the Best for the Money?

U.S. News & World Report determined the best cruise lines by weighing the opinions of the publication’s editors (30%), traveler ratings (50%) and health ratings based on findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (20%).

Note that prices can change at any time, so make sure you go to the particular cruise line’s website to see the latest fares.

Best Cruise Lines and Deals Available Right Now

RankingCruise LinesDeals
1.Celebrity CruisesCelebrity Cruises is offering 50% off second guest fares.
2.Holland AmericaHolland America lets kids cruise for free.
3.Royal CaribbeanRoyal Caribbean International has deals such as Alaskan cruises starting at $303, seven nights for $181 and two-night getaways from $113.
4.Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Cruise Line has seven-day Caribbean cruises with five ports of calls starting at $549.
5.Carnival Cruise LineCarnival is giving passengers up to a $100 onboard credit for sailings through April 2024.
6.Princess CruisesPrincess Cruises has Mexican fares up to $419 and California cruises from $519.
7.Costa CruisesCosta Cruises features Mediterranean voyages starting from $619.
8.MSC CruisesMSC currently has deals starting at $109.

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Read the full report from U.S. News & World Report.

Where To Book Last-Minute Cruises

If you're considering booking a cruise at the last minute, money expert Clark Howard recommends three websites to find deals:

ExploreHere’s a deep dive into each of the cruise sites mentioned above.

Clark says no matter which cruise line you take, make sure you educate yourself on the vaccination rules for each of the ports on your itinerary.

“If you do travel internationally, the rules on whether you have to be vaccinated or whether you have to do testing are constantly changing, so you’ve got to make sure you stay up to date on them,” he says.

See the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's website for the latest information on safe travel via cruise ship.

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