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Best Cruises for Families

U.S. News ranks 31 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»

#4 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»

#5 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»

#5 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»

#7 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»

#8 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»

#9 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»

#10 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»

#11 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»

#11 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»

#11 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»

#14 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»

#15 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»

#16 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»

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

From Egypt to England to the Caribbean, the Imagination is a ship that surprises guests with unique motifs and flights of fancy. The promenade is lined with golden sphinxes and other mythological creatures. Two exotic lounges are named after fabled ... Reviews & Pictures»

#17 Norwegian Spirit (Norwegian)
  • Overall Rating:3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Like Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Spirit spends most of its time exploring the Mediterranean, making stops in Barcelona, the Canary Islands and Casablanca, Morocco. This midsize ship can carry up to 2,018 passengers and 962 crew members and was first ... Reviews & Pictures»

#19 Carnival Inspiration (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating:3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Spend your days on the Carnival Inspiration sightseeing, lounging in the onboard pool and whirlpools or learning from massage and fitness experts who can help you reach new health heights at Spa Carnival. Acres of teak deck space beckon you ... Reviews & Pictures»

#20 Carnival Ecstasy (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating:3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

After a long day of sightseeing, the Carnival Ecstasy offers an adults' only retreat, Serenity, which boasts two whirlpools and plenty of soothing treatments at Spa Carnival. When evening rolls around, the Starlight Lounge comes alive with entertainment. Try your ... 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.