These Are the Best Value Cruises for Your Money in 2018

During the warmer months, you might be thinking about getting away from it all and taking a cruise. Lucky for you, there are plenty of options to choose from. What’s even better is you don’t have to sacrifice quality to get an inexpensive cruise. There are some great deals out there if you know where to look. If you need a little help locating the best cruise deal, look no further than Cruise Critic’s annual Cruisers’ Choice Awards.

Here are the best value cruises for your money in 2018 according to Cruise Critic.

10. Celebrity Summit

Celebrity Summit cruise ship

Dining and experience marks were high. | Yankeesman312/Wikimedia Commons

  • Where you can cruise: The Caribbean, Bermuda, New England, and Canada

The price for a seat on the Celebrity Summit cruise starts at $309. Celebrity Summit received a Cruise Critic rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Customers gave the cruise ship high marks when it came to dining, service, embarkation, and overall experience. Celebrity Summit, which has been in operation for 15 years, holds 2,158 passengers. It makes regular trips to the Caribbean in the winter and Bermuda in the summer.

Next: You’ll have your own floating mall.

9. Oasis of the Seas

People gather on the waterfront to watch the world's largest cruise ship 'Oasis of the Seas'

It’s one of the largest ships in the world. | Matt Cardy/Getty Images

  • Where you can cruise: The Caribbean

If you want to reserve your spot on Oasis of the Seas, you’ll pay a minimum of $545. Oasis of the Seas received a Cruise Critic rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. This cruise received high marks for dining, entertainment, fitness and recreation, public rooms, cabins, first timers, service, and shore excursions.

Oasis of the Seas, which launched in 2009, is one of the largest ships in the world. It’s so large that it has space for plenty of stores. Among them are Kate Spade, Michael Kors, and Starbucks.

Next: This is a great place for nightlife.

8. Carnival Fantasy

Carnival Fantasy cruise ship

The price is seriously affordable. | Ron Cogswell/Wikimedia Commons

  • Where you can cruise: The Caribbean

The Carnival Fantasy is the oldest vessel on the Carnival fleet. Prices for a trip on the liner start at just $244. This cruise ship received a Cruise Critic rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Top marks were given when it came to entertainment, shore excursions, value, families, and first-timers.

Cruise Critic says this ship can get a bit crowded. However, the atmosphere makes up for whatever is lacking. If you’re looking for nightlife and interactive games, this ship is for you. If you’re more of a loner, this ship also provides suitable places for solitude.

Next: Nature lovers will want to take a ride on this ship.

7. Celebrity Eclipse

Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship

The ship even has a real grass lawn. | CC-BY-SA-3.0/Brian Burnell/Wikimedia Commons

  • Where you can cruise: Ireland and Iceland, British Isles and France, Scandinavia and Russia, Iberian Peninsula, Western Mediterranean, Greek Isles, Canary Isles and Transatlantic, and Chile and Argentina

A ride on Celebrity Eclipse starts at $769. This ship received a Cruise Critic rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Celebrity Eclipse earned high marks for cabins, dining, public rooms, service, and overall value. Several features make this ship stand out from the rest. You’ll be impressed by the real grass lawn, a real tree suspended in the atrium, and beautiful cabins. What’s more, the ship also features a glass-blowing studio and an Apple store.

Next: Traveling on this ship is a breeze.

6. Carnival Breeze

New Carnival Breeze Cruise Ship

The shore excursions are pretty impressive. | Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines via Getty Images

  • Where you can cruise: The Caribbean

A Carnival Breeze excursion starts at $444. This ship received a Cruise Critic rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Carnival Breeze got high marks for shore excursions, being family friendly, and having great overall value. This ship features a variety of food options. You can choose anything from handmade pizza to a Michelin-quality chef’s table. If you’re looking for a lively nightlife, the ship also offers the chance to dance the night away at Liquid Nightclub.

Next: This ship used to hold an impressive title.

5. Allure of the Seas

MS Allure of the Seas, the largest passenger ship ever constructed

The cabins are pretty impressive. | Boris Horvat/Getty Images

  • Where you can cruise: The Caribbean

An Allure of the Seas tour starts at $524. This ship received an impressive Cruise Critic rating of 5 out of 5 stars. Allure of the Seas received high marks for cabins, dining, entertainment, fitness and recreation, being family friendly, service, and more. For six years Allure of the Seas was the world’s largest cruise ship. That title was assumed by Harmony of the Seas in May 2016.

Next: Enjoy plenty of cabin space.

4. Celebrity Reflection

Celebrity Reflection cruise ship

It has one of the best overall experiences. | Ingo Wagner/AFP/GettyImages

  • Where you can cruise: Western Mediterranean, Italy and Greek Isles, Transatlantic, and the Caribbean

A trip on Celebrity Reflection starts at $799. This ship received a perfect Cruise Critic rating of 5 out of 5 stars. Celebrity Reflection received high marks for cabins, dining, embarkation, public rooms, being family friendly, service, value, and best overall experience. Reflection has 89 more cabins and roughly 150 more passengers than its sibling ships.

Next: If you like lots of space, this ship is for you.

3. Harmony of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Harmony of the seas cruise ship

It is a truly massive cruise ship. | kees torn/Wikimedia Commons

  • Where you can cruise: The Caribbean

A trip on Harmony of the Seas starts at just $254. This ship received a Cruise Critic rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. This impressive ship received high marks for cabins, fitness and recreation, dining, embarkation, public rooms, being family friendly, service, value, and more. Harmony of the Seas is one of the world’s biggest cruise ships.

Next: You’ll want to book this cruise ship for your next Caribbean trip.

2. Celebrity Equinox

Cruiser ship Celebrity Equinox leaves the Meyer Papenburg shipyard en-route to Eemshaven

The ship has a gorgeous sunset bar. | Krafft Angerer/Getty Images

  • Where you can cruise: The Caribbean and the Bahamas

A trip on Celebrity Equinox starts at a bargain price of $199. This ship received a Cruise Critic rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. This ship received high marks for cabins, fitness and recreation, dining, public rooms, service, value, and overall quality. Celebrity Equinox, which is dedicated to Caribbean trips, features a real grass lawn on the top of the ship and a Lawn Club Sunset Bar.

Next: This cruise ship takes first place.

1. Celebrity Silhouette

Celebrity Silhouette cruise ship at night

Celebrity Silhouette received a perfect rating. | Fred Hsu/Wikimedia Commons

  • Where you can cruise: Scandinavia and Russia, Iceland and Ireland, Norweigan Fjords, Canary Islands, Bermuda, and the Caribbean

Celebrity Silhouette takes the top spot for best value cruises. When it comes to having fun, enjoying a quality experience, and saving money, this cruise ship is for you. A trip on this ship starts at just $139. Celebrity Silhouette received a perfect Cruise Critic rating of 5 out of 5 stars. It received high marks for cabins, dining, embarkation, fitness and recreation, public rooms, service, value, and best overall quality.

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