Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line

Best for:families with young children
Not for: honeymooners
Best features:Tons of activities for the kids, cabins are huge to gear towards families, many adults-only spaces
Missing: no casino
Price: $$$ – the most expensive of the family-friendly lines
Departure Ports:Port Canaveral, Fl – San Juan, PR – Galveston, Tex – Miami, Fl

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line

Best for: families with kids & teens, first-time cruisers, party lovers
Not for: anyone wanting quiet spaces and soft music
Best features: huge playrooms, video arcades, water slides
Missing: well-stocked library and lectures/classes
Price: $ – usually cheapest cruises
Departure Ports: Port Canaveral, Fl – Tampa, Fl – Galveston, Tex – Miami, Fl – Charleston, SC

Celebrity Cruise Line

Celebrity Cruise Line

Best for: couples and groups wanting style, gourmet food and comfort
Not for: anyone wanting loud music and party people
Best features: superior cuisine, great spas, educational classes
Worst features:lots of extra charges
Price: $$$
Departure Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Fl – San Juan, PR – Miami, Fl

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Best for: families with kids and active passengers
Not for: you if you don’t like people and lots going on
Best features: rock-climbing, surfing simulations, ice skating, zip lining, inline skating, boxing
Worst features: they up charge for a lot of stuff
Price: $$
Departure Ports: Tampa, Fl – Fort Lauderdale, Fl – San Juan, PR – Galveston, Tex – Miami, Fl – New Orleans, La – Port Canaveral, Fl – Baltimore, Md – Cape Liberty, NJ

Holland America

Holland America Line

Best for: multigenerational groups and older cruisers
Not for: kids or sporty crowd
Best features: public spaces, well-stocked library, large cabins, attentive staff and crew
Missing: not much to do
Price: $$$
Departure Ports: Tampa, Fl – Fort Lauderdale, Fl

Princess Cruise Line

Princess Cruise Line

Best for: families and couples, longer cruises appeal to 50+ passengers
Not for: party animals and singles
Best features: complimentary classes, Movies Under the Stars showing latest movies while sitting on deck, International Cafe offering free food 24 hrs, the best Loyalty Program
Missing: more variety of entertainment
Price: $$$
Departure Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Fl – New York City, NY

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line

Best for: families, and singles
Not for: older passengers preferring less flashy decor and quiet atmosphere
Best features: studio cabins for solo passengers, Haven suites which share a private sundeck and restaurant, Blue Man Group outstanding shows
Worst features: they up charge for a lot of stuff
Price: $$
Departure Ports: Tampa, Fl – San Juan, PR – Boston, Mas – Miami, Fl – New Orleans, La – Port Canaveral, Fl – New York, NY

MSC Cruise Line

MSC Cruise Line

Best for: families and couples looking for an European cruise experience
Not for: anyone who prefer flexible dining and/or company of Americans
Best features: kids ages 3-11 cruise free, the VIP section Yacht Club features its own private pool, restaurant and lounge, 24-hour personal butler and concierge service, and complimentary wine and spirits.
Worst features: clean air, smoking is almost everywhere. Announcements made in 3 or 4 languages which becomes annoying.
Price: $
Departure Ports: Miami, Fl

Costa Cruise Line

Costa Cruise Line

Best for: budget cruisers and people who love to party
Not for: non-smokers and quiet seekers
Best features: offers spa cabins which include organic cotton linens, 2 spa treatments, fitness classes, and sun-lamp sessions
Worst features: announcements made in multiple languages, reminder of disaster of 2012 when Costa Concordia capsized.
Price: $
Departure Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Fl