2012’s Best Cruise Ships

See who made Cruise Critic's list.

2012’s Best Cruise Ships Photo (cc) by David Stanley

Here are five of Cruise Critic‘s winners…

Best New Ship: Carnival Breeze
Carnival Breeze embodies a new breed of Carnival’s Fun Ship concept with a toned-down tropical feel and new-to-Carnival restaurants and entertainment, while also remaining true to its casual cruising roots.

Best for First-Timers: Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Epic, Norwegian’s newest ship, and the line’s Jewel-class series of vessels offer the industry’s largest selection of restaurants, a massive spa and fitness complex, and a much-improved kids program.

Best Value for Money:Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival consistently offers solid prices and hard-to-beat value. As part of its fleetwide Fun Ship 2.0 overhaul, the line is adding burger, BBQ and taco dining venues to a number of ships, surcharge-free.

Best Shore Excursions: Disney Cruise Line
Disney invests an enormous amount of time and money in creating unique “port adventures,” with tours created specifically for both adults and families.

Best U.S. Port: San Francisco
San Francisco has long been a contender as one of the country’s best ports, but new efforts to redevelop its waterfront and build a state-of-the-art cruise terminal, combined with fantastic sightseeing and easy-to-access air service, put it over the top.

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