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Best Affordable Cruises

U.S. News ranks 129 Best Affordable Cruises based on an analysis of reviews and health ratings. Disney Dream is the top-ranked ship overall. But you can filter your search based on price, region, traveler type and brand to find the best ship and itinerary for you.

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

Introduced in 2011, the 4,000-passenger Disney Dream is Disney's largest ship. With whimsical art deco furnishings, like a bronze statue of Admiral Donald in the lobby atrium, the ship nods to classic Disney characters. One main highlight is ... Reviews & Pictures»

#2 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»

#2 Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • 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»

#4 Celebrity Reflection (Celebrity)
  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Launched in October 2012, the 3,046-passenger Celebrity Reflection is Celebrity's newest ship. With more features than its Solstice-class siblings, including a top-deck Lawn Club complete with an art studio and open-air grill, along with three additional suite class ... Reviews & Pictures»

#4 Queen Elizabeth (Cunard)
  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The newest Cunard ship, Queen Elizabeth first set sail in 2010. With a capacity for a little more than 2,050 guests, Queen Elizabeth maintains a 1-to-2 crew-to-passenger ratio, providing more customization than you might find on a larger ship ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

With a crew of 1,360 serving up to 4,375 guests, it would be easy to assume that Freedom of the Seas skimps on quality customer service. But recent cruisers assure that despite the high passenger volume, the crew ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

New to the fleet in 2009, the 6,360-passenger Oasis of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean's largest ships. Though the ship offers a bevy of unique amenities, such as a carousel, a zip line, two surf simulators ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Inaugurated in 2008, the 2,850-passenger Celebrity Solstice was the first ship to debut in the line's Solstice class. With innovative features, including a top-deck half-acre Lawn Club and Hot Glass Show, Celebrity Solstice distinguishes itself from its predecessors ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

A member of Royal Caribbean's Freedom class, Independence of the Seas shares several characteristics with its sister ships, including the capacity to accommodate up to 4,375 passengers. Though recent cruisers assure that the 1,360 crew members are ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Thanks to a renovation in 2012, the 3,807-guest Mariner of the Seas now features an upgraded casino, a poolside movie screen, a new specialty restaurant, plus brand-name shops (including a Coach store). Introduced in 2003, this Voyager-class ship primarily ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Serenade of the Seas first debuted in 2003 but don't underestimate what a facelift can add: After a $29 million upgrade in 2012, Serenade of the Seas now features more dining options, including Giovanni's Table — an Italian eatery ... Reviews & Pictures»

#10 Celebrity Silhouette (Celebrity)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

With a capacity for 2,886 passengers and 1,233 crew members, Celebrity Silhouette transports more cruisers than other Celebrity ships (apart from the brand-new Celebrity Reflection). However, Celebrity Silhouette (which was introduced in 2011) offers a nearly 1-to-3 crew-to-guest ... Reviews & Pictures»

#10 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»

#10 Disney Magic (Disney)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • 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»

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

Inaugurated in 2002, Celebrity's Constellation is a member of the Millennium class. Constellation can accommodate up to 2,038 passengers and 999 crew members, allowing for a 1-to-2 staff-to-guest ratio and more attention paid to cruisers than on the ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Introduced in 2007 and upgraded in 2011, Liberty of the Seas distinguishes itself from mainstream competitors with modern amenities, including a 3-D theater, a poolside movie screen and a renovated wine bar. Though it's been a few years since ... Reviews & Pictures»

#15 Celebrity Eclipse (Celebrity)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced to the Celebrity fleet in 2010, Eclipse can carry up to 2,850 passengers and 1,255 crew members. Eclipse is part of Celebrity's Solstice Class, which contains the line's largest vessels. What's more, 85 percent ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

The midsize ms Eurodam has been sailing around the globe since 2008; in 2015, the ship (which can carry up to 2,104 passengers and 929 staff members) will make its way to the Caribbean before crossing the Atlantic to ... Reviews & Pictures»

#15 ms Nieuw Amsterdam (Holland America)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Borrowing its name from the city of New Amsterdam (now known as New York City), this 2,106-passenger member of the Holland America fleet is famous for its extensive art collection. Valued at more than $3 million, the ms Nieuw ... Reviews & Pictures»

#15 ms Rotterdam (Holland America)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

A renovation in 2009 brought major changes aboard the ms Rotterdam, which has been sailing since 1997. The ship — which can carry 1,404 passengers and 600 crew members — welcomed the fleet's newest cabin category, the Lanai stateroom. These ... 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 22 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.