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Best Cruises for Families

U.S. News ranks 36 Best Cruises for Families based on an analysis of reviews and health ratings. Disney Dream is the top-ranked ship overall. But you can sort the rankings 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: $$$$

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»

#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»

#3 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»

#3 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»

#5 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»

#6 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»

#6 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»

#8 Seven Seas Voyager (Regent)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating: N/A
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Built in 2003, and renovated in 2008, Seven Seas Voyager is Regent Seven Seas' newest ship. Carrying up to 700 guests and 447 crew members, Seven Seas Voyager offers a nearly 1-to-1 guest-to-crew ratio, offering a higher standard of service ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Introduced in 2001, Adventure of the Seas is Royal Caribbean's third Voyager-class ship. Fresh from a facelift in 2014, the ship boasts modern amenities, including a Concierge Lounge exclusive to passengers staying in suite accommodations, plus an outdoor movie ... Reviews & Pictures»

#10 Norwegian Jewel (Norwegian)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Norwegian Jewel (the namesake of the line's Jewel class ships) has been cruising since 2005. Maintaining a low guest-to-crew ratio (about 1,100 staff members serve up to 2,376 passengers), the ship offers a more tailored experience than ... Reviews & Pictures»

#11 Carnival Pride (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Guests board the Carnival Pride through a Renaissance-style galleria 11 stories high with a roof of ruby-red glass. Beyond the Raphael-inspired murals, travelers will find a winter garden, the inviting Spa Carnival and a two-story, indoor-outdoor promenade that runs the ... Reviews & Pictures»

#12 Carnival Freedom (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Sail aboard Carnival's lively Fun Ship the Carnival Freedom. Hundreds of oceanview and balcony staterooms are the perfect place from which to admire breathtaking views of such storied cities as Venice, Barcelona and Istanbul. Two main dining rooms offer ... Reviews & Pictures»

#12 Norwegian Gem (Norwegian)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Norwegian Gem will sail around the Caribbean, Canada and New England in 2015. Like other ships within the fleet, Norwegian Gem offers a high level of customer service with a low staff-to-crew ratio, with 1,101 staff members serving up ... Reviews & Pictures»

#14 Carnival Valor (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Come aboard the Carnival Valor and explore the adventurous world of heroes and heroics, the inspirational theme of the ship. Enjoy dining options such as themed restaurants and buffets with everything from burgers to Italian delights, or the elegant dining ... Reviews & Pictures»

#14 Carnival Liberty (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Discover the impressive Carnival Liberty as she sets sail on a variety of Caribbean itineraries. This spectacular floating resort offers guests a number of dining options, a kids' club and top-notch day and evening entertainment. Dine at one of the ... Reviews & Pictures»

#14 Costa Atlantica (Costa)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The 2,680-passenger Costa Atlantica was launched in 2000 as Costa's first Spirit-class ship. With decor inspired by Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini — every deck is named after a Fellini film — Costa Atlantica separates itself from its sister ship, Costa ... Reviews & Pictures»

#17 Carnival Spirit (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5

The Carnival Spirit features deck after deck of spacious private balconies that provide breathtaking panoramas of Alaska, the exotic Caribbean, the Panama Canal and Hawaii. On board you'll find public areas like Pharaoh's Palace and the Fountain Cafe ... Reviews & Pictures»

#18 Carnival Dream (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Get ready to set sail on Carnival's most innovative ship yet, the Carnival Dream. This floating resort includes many amazing features sure to dazzle and delight children young and old from the expanded Camp Carnival to the huge Carnival ... Reviews & Pictures»

#19 Carnival Sensation (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating:3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Set sail for fun-filled days and nights aboard the Sensation. Soak up the sun, cool off in one of the pools and zip down the waterslide for a refreshing splash. The Ecstasy Dining Room serves up savory gourmet fare, and ... Reviews & Pictures»

#19 Carnival Splendor (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating:3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Experience one of the most innovative ships at sea, the Carnival Splendor. This incredible floating resort offers guests everything from an outdoor poolside theater, to an expanded kid-friendly Camp Carnival. Guests can also experience the luxurious 21,000-square-foot spa that ... 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.