There’s a cruise line for every personality, taste, age and budget – with the major lines offering everything from inexpensive family getaways to ultra-luxury stays on the sea. The trick is to find the perfect cruise line for you, helping you get exactly what you want from your cruise holiday.

And this can be quite a daunting task for those who are new to cruising, who struggle to tell their Royal Caribbeans for their Holland America Lines. So, to give you a head start, we’ve compiled this list of the major cruise lines, and who they’re perfect for.

By the end of this article, you’ll know which cruise line is right for you.

Royal Caribbean

Best for: Families with young children

Royal Caribbean do things bigger and brighter than the other cruise lines – with the largest cruise ships in operation and a selection of line-exclusive features and amenities. Perfect for families, there’s something to keep all ages entertained and happy at all times. From the DreamWorks Experience for the youngsters to the skydiving simulator for action-loving teens and the array of dining options for the oldest members of the clan, there’s never a dull moment.

Celebrity Cruises

Best for: Families with teens

A little more grown-up than Royal Caribbean, but with still a great selection of amenities and features to keep teens happy and entertained. The older kids will love the iLounge – an Apple-authorised centre packed full of the company’s latest tech. And the adults will love the chance to leave the teens to entertain themselves whilst they take off to the many bars, pubs and adults-only retreats for a little true R&R.

Azamara Club Cruises

Best for: Bigger budgets and refined tastes

Smaller in size than most cruise lines, Azamara’s two ships – Quest and Journey – offer a wonderfully intimate and relaxed cruise experience. Exquisite service and absolute luxury are par for the course on board Azamara Club Cruises – perfect for those who prefer the finer things in life. From quality toiletries to impeccable dining options, Azamara Club cruises occupies the very top end of the industry.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Best for: Sun worshippers

Don’t let the name fool you, Norwegian Cruise Line very much specialises in Caribbean sailings. One of the great cruise experiences, head over to Miami before boarding a member of the NCL fleet to explore the Caribbean islands. And if all the sun of the Caribbean gets too much for you, the Norwegian Epic plays host to the first ice bar at sea.

Cunard Line

Best for: Traditional cruise fans

One of the longest established names in the cruise industry, Cunard Line have continued many traditions their peers have long since let pass. From formal nights, to their iconic Transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York, Cunard Line does things the traditional way. So, if you long for the golden age of refined travel, complete with formal evenings and elegance in spaces – Cunard Line is for you.

Princess Cruises

Best for: Couples

You’ll find your fair share of romance on board all the major cruise lines, but Princess Cruises have an ace up their sleeve. Movies Under the Stars is one of the great cruise ship features – a massive open-air, top-deck cinema screen Hollywood classics and modern blockbusters. Ramping up the romance, take to the top-deck deck chairs, snuggle under the complimentary blankets and enjoy a free bag of popcorn or two.

P&O Cruises

Best for: Europe on a budget

From the beautiful cities of Northern Europe to the stunning coastlines of the Mediterranean, P&O Cruises ensure the best of Europe is more accessible than ever before. Whether you fancy a sun-soaked trip around the beautiful Greek islands or a wine-soaked journey through the vineyards of southern France, P&O Cruises can take you there.

MSC Cruises

Best for: Culture vultures

Unsurprisingly for a cruise line whose full name is Mediterranean Shipping Company Cruises, MSC specialises in trips to the famed highlights of the Med as well as some of the hidden gems the continent has to offer. If you’re a fan of history, culture, classical music, literature, fine dining and beautiful wine, MSC Cruises can take you to the source.

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Belinda Goodman

Cruise 1st veteran Belinda has a passion for travel, especially cruising. She has worked in the travel industry for over 20 years, including a 3-year stint working on cruise ships as a croupier. Belinda regularly writes for the Cruise 1st blog, with a focus on company news and advice for first-time cruise travellers.

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