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Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean, more: Best budget-friendly cruise lines

If you're looking for a cruise line that won't break the bank, U.S. News & World Report released a ranking of the "Best Cruise Lines for the Money in 2018". Enjoy the onboard amenities while cruising to your vacation destination.

Here are the best cruise lines to consider for your next getaway:

8. MSC Cruises

Although MSC Crusies caters mostly to European clientele,
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Although MSC Crusies caters mostly to European clientele, the cruise line rates are often cheaper than a typical European vacation on land. Travelers can find international itineraries for as low as $100 per night.

 

On-board fun: Attend an aerobics class or take on a culinary challenge -- there are plenty of activities to keep adults entertained. The ship also includes an adult-only pool, Balinese spas and 4-D cinemas. Kids and teens can enjoy a treasure hunt, miniature golf or karaoke fun.

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7. Costa Cruises

Based in Italy, Costa Cruises offers lower rates
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Based in Italy, Costa Cruises offers lower rates on Mediterranean itineraries compared to its competition. The cruise line also departs from U.S. ports such as Fort Lauderdale to take passengers to destinations including the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, South America and more.

On board fun: Costa Cruises has an array of fun venues and activities for adults, including casinos, dance classes, spas and golf and Grand Prix race-car simulators. The kids can enjoy meet-and-greets with some of their favorite characters, including Peppa Pig. Kids can also feel special with the "Princess for a Day" and "Captain in Training" programs.

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6. Holland America Line

If you're looking for a cruise line with
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If you're looking for a cruise line with personalized service, Holland America Line caters to adults looking for just that. With one staff member for every two to three guests, travelers are sure to feel pampered and relaxed throughout their trip. Destinations along the route include Australia, Mexico, Canada, Asia, Europe and more. Departing from U.S. ports in New York and San Diego, Holland America Line offers exciting shore excursions passengers don't want to miss, like animal encounters and snorkeling in the Cayman Islands.

On board fun: The cruise line offers "As You Wish" dining program where passengers can either choose a more flexible meal time schedule or participate in assigned meal times. For those who love music, most ships have a B.B. King Blues Club, where a live blues band performs every night.

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5. Princess Cruises

Some may recognize this famous cruise line
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Some may recognize this famous cruise line from the 1977 TV series "The Love Boat," and this ship definitely lives up to its reputation. Explore the beautiful island of Hawaii or get lost in Europe aboard the Princess Cruise line. Departing from U.S. ports in Los Angeles and New York, passengers can choose to travel on a midsize ship or large depending on their personal preference.

On board fun: Passengers can unwind at the adults-only Lotus Spa or gamble at the casino, Princess Cruises is ideal for solo passengers and couples in their 30s, 40s and 50s but have activities for families as well.

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4. Carnival Cruise Lines

With Carnival Cruise Line voyages ranging from three
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With Carnival Cruise Line voyages ranging from three to 14 days with destinations from Europe to Hawaii, there is plenty to explore. Travelers can find itineraries for less than $100 per person a night, and the cruise line often offers early booking deals and sales. Ships depart from various U.S. cities including Miami, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Seattle and New York.

On board fun: If you want to keep in shape while on vacation, Carnival Cruise lines offer jogging tracks, mini-golf courses, basketball courts and Ping-Pong tables. The ship also offers yoga classes and a spa where travelers can enjoy a hot stone massage, facials and body wraps. The cruise also includes night clubs and piano bars for couples and singles looking for a fun night out.

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3. Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Lines is the way to go
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Norwegian Cruise Lines is the way to go if you like to do things on your own terms. The laid-back experience allows travelers to eat on their own schedule, and there is no enforced dress code and the cruise line doesn't charge extra for assigned dining. Some destinations include Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and South America.

On board fun: Adults can enjoy live entertainment such as the Tony Award-nominated "Rock of Ages" musical, Cirque de Soleil, or a comedy show. Kids will have a blast at the on-board water parks, sports tournaments and movie nights. Foodies will love the cruise line's "freestyle dining" programs, where they can taste cuisines from all parts of the world with no fixed dining times or assigned seating.

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2. Celebrity Cruises

If you're looking for a cruise line filled
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If you're looking for a cruise line filled with entertainment and kid-friendly activities, Celebrity Cruises could be your top choice, with rates as low as $100 per night. Ships depart from U.S. cities including Miami, Seattle and Honolulu and vary in size to accommodate a up to more than 2,000 passengers.

On board fun: Celebrity Cruises are perfect for couples in their mid-30s to 50s, as well as families with kids and teenagers. For the older crowd, check out a tribute show, comedians and musicians, or gamble at the on-board casino. For the kids, watch a movie, attend a theme party or join in on some arts and crafts.

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1. Royal Caribbean International

One of the largest cruise lines, Royal Caribbean
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One of the largest cruise lines, Royal Caribbean International offers travelers trips to 256 destinations and departs from ports all over the United States and internationally. Travelers can find itineraries to popular destinations in the Caribbean, Europe and Alaska for as low as $150 per night.

On-board fun: Passengers can enjoy zip lines, zero-gravity machines, a skydiving simulator and even bumper cars. Great for families, Royal Caribbean cruises feature the Dreamworks Experience, where children can meet their favorite characters from popular films like "Shrek" and "Madagascar." If Broadway shows are more your style, enjoy a performance of "Cats" or "Grease" and other live musicals while cruising the high seas.

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