Sailing the high seas is a popular getaway for millions of Americans, but the key to having a good time is booking with one of the best cruise lines.
U.S. News & World Report recently released its cruise line rankings for 2020, which highlight the best companies based on many factors, including types of traveler and regions.
Because Clark.com is all about saving you money, our focus for this article is on the best cruise lines for the best price.
To come up with the rankings, U.S. News & World Report analyzed itinerary affordability, health ratings and how experts and travelers viewed the cruise lines’ reputations.
Here Are the Best Cruise Lines for the Best Price
|1.||Royal Caribbean International||From $520 for 7 nights|
|2.||Celebrity Cruises||From $629 for 7 nights|
|3.||Norwegian Cruise Line||From $479 for 7 nights|
|4.||Princess Cruises||From $628 for 7 nights|
|5.||Carnival Cruise Line||From $569 for 7 nights|
|6.||Holland America Line||From $529 for 7 nights|
|7.||MSC Cruises||From $369 for 7 nights|
|8.||Costa Cruises||From $899 for 7 nights|
Clark: Take These 3 Steps Before You Book a Cruise…
Money expert Clark Howard says you need to take these three steps before you spend your hard-earned money on a cruise:
1. Search the Web
“When you’re looking to buy a deal, what you should do is pull up the ship you want to go on and look at the cost week by week,” he says.
2. Focus on Low-Cost Weeks
“Look for any dramatic movements up and down in price,” Clark says. “In the past, the rates were like a wave; now they’re like a yo-yo. You want to pounce on those low-cost weeks if your schedule allows.”
3. Be Flexible
“The #1 rule right now about cruising is be flexible with your schedule,” he says. “The week you go will control how much of your wallet you leave behind on the ship.”
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