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Best Cruises for Families

U.S. News ranks 44 Best Cruises for Families 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»

#3 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»

#3 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»

#5 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»

#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 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»

#5 Seven Seas Voyager (Regent)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • 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 Carnival Legend (Carnival)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced in 2002 (and updated in 2011 and 2014), the 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend maintains a nearly 2-to-1 guest-to-crew ratio, offering a higher level of personalization than you might expect on Carnival's larger 3,000-passenger ships. Of Carnival Legend ... Reviews & Pictures»

#9 Adventure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • 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»

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

As is the case with the rest of Carnival's Spirit-class ships, 80 percent of the staterooms aboard the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride provide ocean views, more than the majority of the fleet's other ships. For the best view ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Introduced in 2007, Carnival Freedom offers a wide variety of onboard programming and activities. And thanks to a major facelift in 2014, the ship features "Fun Ship 2.0" amenities, like the EA Sports Bar, where guests can catch live ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Inaugurated in 2005, Carnival Liberty is one of Carnival's newest and largest Conquest-class ships. While Carnival Liberty can carry up to 2,974 guests, with 1,160 staff members serving travelers, it delivers a higher level of personalization than ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Introduced in 2009, Carnival Dream features the Punchliner Comedy Club, nightly stage shows, age-appropriate kids clubs (for ages 2 to 17) and three pools — all hallmarks of the line's "Fun Ships." More family-fun entertainment options include movies at the ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

With Guy's Burger Joint, EA Sports Bar, The Punchliner Comedy Club and the Alchemy Bar, Carnival Conquest offers dining and entertainment options that appeal to a wide range of traveler types and budgets. Carnival Conquest, part of Carnival's ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Currently based in Sydney (trips must be booked on the Carnival Australia website), Carnival Spirit carries up to 2,124 passengers on sailings around the South Pacific. Inaugurated in 2001, Carnival Spirit offers a higher level of customization than larger ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

The 2,980-passenger Carnival Glory will offer itineraries to popular Caribbean destinations, such as the Bahamas and Jamaica in 2015. Though Carnival Glory first set sail in 2003, a 2012 renovation supplied the ship with "Fun Ship 2.0" amenities ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

While Carnival Imagination is one of the line's smallest ships, it offers versatile activities, entertainment, lodging and dining options — a hallmark of Carnival Cruise Lines. In the casino, guests will find table games like poker, blackjack and roulette, along ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

The 2,980-passenger Carnival Valor features a mélange of activities and amenities geared toward a variety of traveler styles and age groups. The ship was introduced in 2004 and last refurbished 2011 to include additions like the massive pool ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Introduced in 1998, the 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation is one of Carnival's smallest ships. And thanks to a renovation in 2009, Carnival Elation lures cruisers with fresh onboard entertainment offerings along with three cabin category choices geared toward a ... 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.