The Top-ranked Cruise Lines For 2014

Dr. Seuss will join Carnival cruise ships

U.S. News ranked 15 major cruise lines based on how their cruises were regarded by travel experts, how they were rated by cruise travelers (using data collected in collaboration with and how they fared in health and safety evaluations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The U.S. News team compiled this data for every ship within the 15 cruise lines and determined the best cruise lines in different categories. Top luxury cruise line: Crystal (Photo: Courtesy of Silversea) Cruisers who opt to sail with a luxury line expect one-of-a-kind itineraries, personalized service, plush accommodations and a wealth of onboard entertainment. Two small lines, Silversea Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, earned high marks from travelers for their intimate atmospheres, excellent cuisine and onboard enrichment programs. Another small cruise line, Crystal Cruises, received the highest overall rating of any evaluated cruise line due in large part to having received the highest ratings among experts and among travelers. The line's two ships earn praise for offering quality customer service and distinct voyages around the world. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

In a cruise ship crisis, what should happen?

Seuss. The addition will catch Carnival up with some of its competitors who have incorporated brand-name characters into their cruise activities and spaces not just Disney Cruise Lines but also Royal Caribbean, which has DreamWorks characters, and Norwegian Cruise Line, which has Nickelodeon. Carnival says it carries more than 700,000 kids a year, nearly half the total number of children carried by the North American cruise industry. "Our youth and family programming continues to be highly rated and extremely popular with the millions of families who sail with Carnival, but were constantly challenging ourselves to uncover unique and interesting ways to further enhance our guest experience," Mark Tamis, senior vice president of guest operations for Carnival Cruise Lines, said in a press release. All ships, starting with the Carnival Splendor in February, will get these features: The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast ($5 a person), a character breakfast featuring Seuss-inspired food green eggs and ham, moose juice, goose juice, strawberries dipped in signature Seuss blue as well as traditional breakfast items. The breakfast will be staged on the first sea day of each cruise. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

"The call to abandon is made by the captain," Schoenwald said. "When the abandon ship signal is made, they have 30 minutes to get everyone off the ship, even though the general emergency could have started a day or hour before." It's not clear to Miami maritime attorney Brett Rivkind why the captain didn't issue a mayday signal to call for outside help soon after the accident. "[A captain needs] to know your ship and what danger your ship is in," he said. "Tilting and listing is a pretty good sign" of distress. Passengers can be prepared While passengers have little or no control over the abilities of their captain or crew, disasters like the Concordia are rare. Still, passengers can take steps to ensure a safe trip much of the time. AAA Travel recommends that U.S. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

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