U.S. News & World Report released their 2024 Best Cruise Lines Rankings. The global authority in rankings and consumer advice evaluated 185 ships from 17 cruise lines across a variety of categories.

For the tenth consecutive year, Disney Cruise Line is the Best Cruise Line for Families and Best Cruise Line in the Caribbean. The family-oriented line was ranked by U.S. News based on an expert evaluation of the line’s level of luxury, as well as an assessment of user reviews and health ratings.

Overall, Disney Cruise Line’s ships maintained a respectable ranking. Out of the 185 ships ranked, the Disney Magic is tied for 14th best ship, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Wish are is in a tie for 21st place with 3 other ships. The Disney Wonder is tied with 2 other ships for the 48th spot.

Each ship is scored by experts, travelers, and given a health rating based on the survey’s methodology. Below are the scores for each of the Disney Cruise Line ships along with the cruise line’s overall score on a 5-point scale.

ShipScoreExpertTravelerHealthMagic4.554.54.45.0Wonder4.304.04.44.5Dream4.454.04.55.0Fantasy4.454.04.55.0Wish4.454.54.25.0Overall4.464.24.44.9

Overall, U.S. News ranked the Disney Magic #1 Best Disney Cruises. The Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Wish are in a three way tie for 2nd followed by the Disney Wonder which finished the fleet ranking at 5.

2024 U.S. News Best Cruise Lines Rankings

The cruise lines are ranked in 6 categories: Best Cruise Lines for the Money, Best Cruise Lines for Families, Best Cruise Lines for Couples, Best Cruise Lines in the Caribbean, Best Cruise Lines in the Mediterranean and Best Luxury Cruise Lines.

Best Cruise Lines for the Money

Virgin Voyages
Celebrity Cruises
Princess Cruises

Best Cruise Lines for Families

Disney Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean International
Carnival Cruise Line

Best Cruise Lines for Couples

Viking Ocean Cruises
Seabourn Cruise Line
Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Best Cruise Lines in the Caribbean

Disney Cruise Line
Celebrity Cruises
Virgin Voyages

Best Cruise Lines in the Mediterranean

Viking Ocean Cruises
Seabourn Cruise Line
Celebrity Cruises

Best Luxury Cruise Lines

Viking Ocean Cruises
Seabourn Cruise Line
Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Below is a summary of the categories each of the Disney Cruise ships ranked.

Disney Dream

Disney Dream tied at #2 out of 5 Disney Cruise Line Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

#2 in Best Disney Cruise Line
#4 in Best Cruises for Families
#11 in Best Cruises to the Caribbean
#14 in Best Cruises to the Mediterranean
#16 in Best Cruises to Europe

Disney Fantasy

Disney Fantasy tied at #2 out of 5 Disney Cruise Line Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

#2 in Best Disney Cruise Line
#3 in Best Cruises for Groups
#4 in Best Cruises for Families
#11 in Best Cruises to the Caribbean
#12 in Best Luxury Cruises

Disney Wonder

Disney Wonder tied at #5 out of 5 Disney Cruise Line Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

#5 in Best Disney Cruise Line
#6 in Best Cruises to Mexico
#9 in Best Cruises to Alaska
#9 in Best Cruises to the Pacific
#11 in Best Cruises for Families

Disney Magic

Disney Magic #1 out of 5 Disney Cruise Line Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

#1 Best Disney Cruise Line
#1 Best Cruises to Mexico
#1 Best Cruises for Families
#6 Best Cruises to the Caribbean

Disney Wish

Disney Wish tied at #2 out of 5 Disney Cruise Line Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

#2 in Best Disney Cruise Line
#11 in Best Cruises to the Caribbean
#12 in Best Luxury Cruises

Check out the complete rankings for Best Cruise Lines rankings on U.S. News & World Report’s dedicated Cruise ranking webpage and for more survey information here.

The methodology for the Best Cruise Lines rankings factors in expert evaluations of cruise ship quality, reputation among travelers, results from health assessments conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other factors such as price class and itinerary offerings.

  

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