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Best Cruises for Families

U.S. News ranks 66 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»

#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 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»

#7 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»

#7 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»

#7 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»

#7 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»

#11 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»

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

Despite receiving a $54 million refurbishment in 2012, Rhapsody of the Seas is still often described as "old" by many past cruisers. Introduced to the fleet in 1997, this Vision-class ship lacks some of the flashier amenities hallmark to some ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 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 you ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 Navigator of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Navigator of the Seas first launched in 2002, but thanks to a major upgrade in February 2014, the ship offers more amenities than most of its Royal Caribbean siblings. Take the staterooms, for instance. Navigator of the Seas was the ... Reviews & Pictures»

#15 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»

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

Splendour of the Seas first set sail in 1996. But if you think this Vision-class ship is beginning to show its age, think again. In 2011, the 2,074-passenger ship received a major refurbishment that added 124 new balcony staterooms ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Since debuting in 2004, this Vista-class ship has impressed passengers with its extensive art collection made up of historic Dutch paintings, 5,000-year-old sculptures and contemporary works by the likes of Andy Warhol and Susanna Holt. However, cruisers who boarded ... Reviews & Pictures»

#15 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»

#19 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»

#19 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»

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.