I’m On a Boat: Four Cruises You Need to Take in 2015


2015 is the year of cruise vacations! The new year is not only seeing the launch of a number of luxurious new cruise ships, but the opening of new destinations will grant access to the world’s most remote places greatly more accessible. US News & World Report evaluated 15 cruise lines in five categories, taking into account key factors, such as health evaluations, traveler approval and reputation among critics, to determine the best cruise lines of 2015. Before you solidify your travel plans for the year, let’s explore the cruise lines that came out on top.

1. Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises

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In 2015, this luxury cruise line’s two cruise ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, is opening its routes to exotic destinations around the world, such as Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Marseille, France. Crystal Cruises has a long legacy of exceeding guest’s expectations with its personalized service, innovative enrichment programs and superlative culinary experiences. Passengers take full advantage of on-sea entertainment such as digital filmmaking courses, golf lessons and wine lectures and tastings, and many more activities to keep them occupied while at sea. When at port, cycling expeditions through St-Tropez and snorkeling in Phuket, Thailand, are known as favorite adventures for Crystal guests.

2. Royal Caribbean International

royal caribbean

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Looking for the most bang for your buck? If you answered “yes,” then you need to check out Royal Caribbean International offering nightly rates on their massive ships for a standard stateroom for 2015 Caribbean itineraries averaging around $100 per person! Ship-wide activities like surf simulators, ice rinks, 3-D film screenings and neighborhood boardwalks provide Royal Caribbean cruisers with lots to see and do at a low, low cost!

3. Disney Cruise Line

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Not only is Disney a fan favorite for travelers visiting the Caribbean , it’s also the top pick for family-friendly destinations! From film screenings and the animator’s studio to deck parties and access to adults-only dinners and nightclubs, this classic cruise line makes it the best choice to satisfy the interests of all your family members! Disney Cruise Line is the No. 1 cruise line in the Caribbean for the second consecutive year, and it’s all due to its connection with local cultures throughout their journey, whether it’s with a spice tour in St. George’s, Grenada, or an excursion to St. Lucia‘s Creole Park (complete with a creole snack and a traditional folk dance).

4. Silversea Cruises

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If you want to forgo the big party for a more romantic excursion, Silversea Cruises is your best option! Customer couples exclaim high praises to Silversea for their attentive service (nearly 1-to-1 crew-to-passenger ratio) and abundance of romantic activities like cooking lessons and couples spa treatments. Silversea also provides mainland access to entertaining ventures in Madagascar and Bali.

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