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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: $$$$

Disney's latest ship features elaborate offerings geared towards youngsters and adults. On board, you'll find plenty of kids' programming — including character meet-and-greets at the Oceaneer's Club and Broadway-style productions — as well as youth-focused facilities, like the AquaDuck ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

The breathtaking Royal Princess combines classic signature favorites with an evolutionary design and exciting new features. Savor dramatic views from the innovative over-the-water SeaWalk, a glass-bottomed walkway extending more than 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship. Sip a ... 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 Disney Magic, Disney Cruise Line's first ship, offers plenty of areas dedicated to kids and family-friendly entertainment. And thanks to a recent renovation, the ship now houses MARVEL's Avengers Academy, where kids can enjoy surprise visits from ... 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: $$$$

Discover non-stop fun aboard the second ship in the Royal Caribbean Oasis class family, Allure of the Seas. Ride a wave on the FlowRider, catch water ballet at the Aquatheater or fly across the open air atrium on a Zip ... 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: $$$$

On the Disney Wonder, you can slip way to the adults-only pool area, or indulge in a memorable meal at the exclusive Palo restaurant. Meanwhile, the kiddos can dress up in ornate costumes and enjoy age-appropriate programming, such as Toy ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Welcome aboard Holland America's ms Oosterdam, the second of the spacious Vista-class ships. The ms Oosterdam provides state-of-the-art facilities and public areas, as well as unparalleled services and amenities. Settle into your plush and inviting accommodations, two-thirds of the ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

A night of romance can be created wherever you look, from a Piazza singer's sweet serenade to a relaxing couples massage from a cabana in The Sanctuary. Movies Under the Stars is also a cozy venue, where you can ... 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»

#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.