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Best Affordable Cruises

U.S. News ranks 130 Best Affordable Cruises based on an analysis of reviews and health ratings. Celebrity Reflection is the top-ranked ship overall. But you can sort the rankings to find the best ship and itinerary for you.

#1 Celebrity Reflection (Celebrity)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

On this ship — the newest addition to Celebrity's Solstice Class — you can cozy up in The Alcoves, an exclusive space with cabanas and Wi-Fi (for a fee), or enjoy a soothing spa treatment at the AquaSpa by Elemis. Craving ... Reviews & Pictures»

#2 Disney Dream (Disney)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The Disney Dream, one of Disney's newest vessels, prides itself on its family-focused activities, inventive onboard features and stylish Art Deco interior design. Cruising clans will appreciate the first water coaster at sea, the AquaDuck, as well as the ... Reviews & Pictures»

#3 Disney Fantasy (Disney)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Launched in March 2012, the 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy is Disney's newest ship. Nearly identical to its sister ship, Disney Dream, the two ships are 40 percent bigger than their predecessors. Though both ships flaunt a similar design, the ... Reviews & Pictures»

#3 Royal Princess (Princess)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating: N/A
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Unique features — including the largest top-deck pool of any Princess ship and the SeaWalk, a glass-paneled walkway that stretches 28 feet beyond the ship's edge — make Royal Princess stand out among competitors. On the 3,560-passenger ship, which first ... Reviews & Pictures»

#5 Queen Elizabeth (Cunard)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Taking her inaugural sailing in 2010, the Queen Elizabeth blends Old World charm with contemporary panache. On the ship, you'll find innovative public spaces like the English country-inspired Games Deck and the Royal Arcade, reminiscent of London's own ... Reviews & Pictures»

#5 Oasis of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The Oasis of the Seas is 220,000 tons and 16 decks high, boasts 2,700 staterooms and features seven distinct neighborhoods to explore. Book a two-story Crown Loft Suite with views from high above, enjoy a sumptuous meal at ... Reviews & Pictures»

#7 Celebrity Silhouette (Celebrity)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Staterooms and suites aboard the Celebrity Silhouette — which can accommodate up to 2,886 passengers — come outfitted with flat-screen TVs, minibars and Egyptian cotton threads linens. This Solstice-class member of Celebrity's fleet also touts features like an art studio ... Reviews & Pictures»

#7 Disney Magic (Disney)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The first ship in the Disney fleet, the 2,700-passenger Disney Magic was introduced in 1998 and was renovated in the fall of 2013 to add new features including additional children's clubs, the AquaDunk waterslide and play areas, new ... Reviews & Pictures»

#7 Liberty of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Liberty of the Seas is one of the biggest ships afloat. This vessel is jam-packed with spectacular features including the Flowrider surf park where guests can try their luck at surfing, canitilevered whirlpools that extend 12 feet beyond the side ... Reviews & Pictures»

#7 Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Unveiled in 2010, the 6,318-passenger Allure of the Seas is the world's largest cruise ship. Along with Royal Caribbean's signature amenities, like rock-climbing walls, casinos and ice-skating rinks, the ship houses seven unique neighborhoods that house a ... Reviews & Pictures»

#11 Freedom of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Experience an action-packed vacation on board the Freedom of the Seas. This 160,000-ton vessel features a rock-climbing wall with eleven routes, a FlowRider surf park, cantilevered whirlpools that extend 12-feet beyond the side of the ship, an H20 Zone ... Reviews & Pictures»

#11 Celebrity Solstice (Celebrity)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The first of the Solstice Class ships, the Celebrity Solstice will set the standard for style and elegance on the high seas. Experience well appointed and intelligently designed staterooms as well as a new contemporary class of veranda staterooms called ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 Disney Wonder (Disney)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The 2,713-passenger Disney Wonder first debuted in 1999, rolling out family-oriented amenities and entertainment offerings, like Sail Away dance parties and meet-and-greets with familiar Disney characters. With eight designated family areas, five youth-oriented spaces and seven adult-only areas, the ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 Ruby Princess (Princess)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

With offerings like movie screenings beneath the stars and couples' massages at the adults-only Sanctuary, Ruby Princess caters to couples. But the ship (which debuted in 2008 and was refurbished in 2011) also appeals to other traveler types with its ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 Mariner of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The state-of-the-art Mariner of the Seas offers the perfect ambiance for explorers of all ages. On board, a rock-climbing wall towers 200 feet over the ocean. Other innovative options include an ice-skating rink, basketball court and a nine-hole miniature golf ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 Navigator of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Ultra-modern, sophisticated and massive, Navigator of the Seas is packed with excitement. Fill your days at sea with ice-skating, miniature golf, simulated golf and rock climbing. Sign up for kickboxing lessons or yoga at the high-tech spa and fitness center ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 Serenade of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Explore countless destinations on Serenade of the Seas without ever going ashore. With its hundreds and hundreds of windows, nearly half the ship is made of glass; there are even glass elevators facing the sea. Sail the world with unparalleled ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 Independence of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Independence of the Seas is the third ship in Royal Caribbean's Freedom Family. Independence features signature Royal Caribbean amenities, including the FlowRider onboard surf park, a rock climbing wall with views of miles around and the Royal Promenade full ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 ms Oosterdam (Holland America)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The introduction of bold colors to a line best known for refined decor caught some experts off guard when they set foot on the ms Oosterdam, one of Holland America's Vista-class ships. That shock still hasn't quite worn ... Reviews & Pictures»

#20 Celebrity Constellation (Celebrity)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Celebrity's Constellation first debuted in 2002 but thanks to the line's fleet-wide "Solsticization" movement, the ship now boasts renovated public areas and expanded dining options. Previous cruisers especially applaud the Tuscan Grille, an upscale steakhouse that pairs prime ... Reviews & Pictures»

Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 24 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.