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Ask anyone which cruise line or cruise ship is the best and you may get dozens of answers. The word "best" is subjected to personal taste and opinion, until now. The Best Cruise Line presents a scientific comparison of cruise lines with cruise ships sailing into and out of United States ports.
In order to be the "best", cruise lines and their ships must satisfy various governmental and major consumer issues. The cruise lines are evaluated on their factual records for safety, sea worthiness, government compliance, sanitation, health, customer service along with the usability and technological advances of their website.
Each element within the study has a fixed value based on government and private data resources. Scores are assigned and averaged to provide fair comparisons against competitor and previous standings. Fractions assigned to events are chosen to ensure fairness and ethical comparisons regardless the size of the fleet of ships in a cruise lines holdings.
The goal of our analysis is the collection and presentation of our research without favoritism. We hope our work will assist the consumer with some practical information for making their next purchases. The more critical data we collect is based on an individual ship's performance and its collective affect on the fleet.
The statistics are based almost completely off data collected as ships move in or out of U.S. waters. Because records are sporadic outside US waters only ships passing through US waters are considered viable for analysis.
For a very simplified example of our analysis, a cruise line with six ships sailing in U.S. waters gains a total score of 120, their averaged score is 20. That is the final number used to compare their ranking with past performance and other cruise line competitors.
The current best cruise line study includes 25 cruise lines sailing 152 cruise ships through U.S. ports during this study period of January 1, 2012 through April 12, 2013.
After a complete analysis we sorted cruise lines from top to bottom based on this criteria: