The following is an overview to compare cruise lines based on a few pro’s and con’s. It should help you as a starting point to choose the best cruise line for you. This list only includes the most popular ones. I excluded the luxury cruise lines.

I gathered this info from comments on Facebook groups, on cruiseline.com and cruisecritic.com and of course from my own personal experience on Carnival, RCCL, Costa, NCL, Celebrity, Holland and Princess.

If you need help or have questions, please contact me and I would love to answer your questions.

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 can be long and 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 which can be long, reminder of disaster of 2012 when Costa Concordia capsized.
Price: $
Departure Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Fl