Leisure cruising is a terrific vacation value, thanks in part to all-inclusive fares. Fares generally include accommodations, all meals and snacks, lots of entertainment and other amenities – not to mention that the ship moves you from one wonderful port to another with no effort on your part.

Still, to find out which cruise lines deliver truly exceptional value, Cruise Holidays asked the experts in its agencies across the U.S. which lines provide the best value per dollar. The top five are:

  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Holland America Line
  • Princess Cruises

Celebrity is a premium cruise line that delivers attentive service: for example, you’ll be handed a glass of sparkling wine or a mimosa when you step on board. Every stateroom is equipped with plush terrycloth robes, and suites come with private butler service. Concierge Class accommodations step up the amenities with luxurious bedding and a unique “pillow menu.” On Solstice Class ships, the Aqua Class cabins are perfect for spa lovers, with spa-quality toiletries and access to Blu, an intimate restaurant that serves spa cuisine. These ships also have the Lawn Club, where you can play bocce and other games, on real grass, in a country-club atmosphere.

Contemporary cruise line Royal Caribbean is a leader in unique shipboard amenities. Every ship has an onboard climbing wall, plus spacious pool areas, spas and fitness facilities. Freedom Class and Voyager Class ships have ice rinks where you can watch spectacular performances by professional skaters and even strap on a pair of skates for your own turn around the rink. Freedom Class ships also have the only surf simulators at sea. On the line’s incredible new Oasis Class ships, you can wander through seven feature-laden “neighborhoods,” which include a lush park, an AquaTheater, a zip line and more.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) lives up to its luxury reputation with all-suite accommodations, superb cuisine and thoughtful service. RSSC successfully combines luxury with value, as its all-inclusive fares include more than most. Cruise fares cover round-trip airfare, pre- and post-cruise land tours, as well as hotel stays, gratuities, shore excursions and all beverages, including wine and liquor. RSSC ships also have a comfortable mix of traditional and relaxed luxury: for example, while most passengers dress up for dinner, the onboard restaurants have open seating.

For more information on these and other top cruise lines, talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.