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Disney, Crystal and Celebrity Cruises named best cruise lines 2017

Crystal Cruises was named best cruise line for luxury and couples. ― AFP picCrystal Cruises was named best cruise line for luxury and couples. ― AFP picNEW YORK, Nov 16 — Shopping for a cruise vacation next year? Travel editors at US News & World Report have created a guide to the best cruise lines for holidaymakers with different needs.

In the category of most budget-friendly holiday, for instance, US News & World Report gave the top spot to Celebrity Cruises.

The brand also ranks tops in the category of best cruise line for the Mediterranean.

Disney Cruise Line was also a big winner, taking the title of best cruise line for families and best itinerary in the Caribbean.

And Crystal Cruises was also named best cruise line for luxury and couples.

To compile the ranking, editors looked at cruise ship quality, reputation among travelers, health assessments from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, price, class and itinerary offerings.

Overall, 15 cruise lines were ranked across six categories.

It's estimated that 24 million people will have taken to the high seas in 2016, with interest expected to rise next year.

US News & World Report isn't the only prognosticator to weigh in on the best cruises on the high seas.

Recently, editors at Cruise Critic named Carnival Cruise Line the best brand when it comes to value for money and Princess Cruises best for romance.

Where they are agreed is Disney Cruise Line, which also took the title of best for families at Cruise Critic.

Here are the results from US News & World Report:

Best value for money
1. Celebrity Cruises
2. Royal Caribbean International
3. Norwegian Cruise Line

Best for luxury
1. Crystal Cruises
2. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
3. Oceania Cruises

For families
1. Disney Cruise Line
2. Royal Caribbean International
3. Carnival Cruise Lines

For couples
1. Crystal Cruises
2. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
3. Azamara Club Cruises

In the Mediterranean
1. Celebrity Cruises
2. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
3. Oceania Cruises

In the Caribbean
1. Disney Cruise Line
2. Celebrity Cruises
3. Crystal Cruises — AFP-Relaxnews

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