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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: $$$$

Disney's latest ship features elaborate offerings geared towards youngsters and adults. On board, you'll find plenty of kids' programming — including character meet-and-greets at the Oceaneer's Club and Broadway-style productions — as well as youth-focused facilities, like the AquaDuck ... Reviews & Pictures»

#3 Disney Magic (Disney)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The Disney Magic, Disney Cruise Line's first ship, offers plenty of areas dedicated to kids and family-friendly entertainment. And thanks to a recent renovation, the ship now houses MARVEL's Avengers Academy, where kids can enjoy surprise visits from ... Reviews & Pictures»

#3 Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Discover non-stop fun aboard the second ship in the Royal Caribbean Oasis class family, Allure of the Seas. Ride a wave on the FlowRider, catch water ballet at the Aquatheater or fly across the open air atrium on a Zip ... 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: $$$$

On the Disney Wonder, you can slip way to the adults-only pool area, or indulge in a memorable meal at the exclusive Palo restaurant. Meanwhile, the kiddos can dress up in ornate costumes and enjoy age-appropriate programming, such as Toy ... 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: $$$$

Epitomizing laid-back luxury, the 700-passenger Seven Seas Voyager features all-suite, all-balcony cabins. Recent cruisers praise the ship's opulence, though some travelers do describe the dining scene as lackluster for its high price tags. Still, everything on board this small ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Adventure of the Seas was built with the active traveler in mind. This beautiful ship features everything from a rock-climbing wall perched 200 feet above the ocean to a nine-hole golf course, as well as an ice skating rink and ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Experience an exciting voyage on the Norwegian Jewel. Revel in Freestyle Cruising — the freedom to enjoy your choice of unscheduled onboard amenities and mealtimes. Watch the world unfold by the Sapphire Pool or catch a snooze in your cozy stateroom ... 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: $$$$

Enjoy Norwegian's relaxed "Freestyle Cruising" — the ability to enjoy your choice of unscheduled onboard amenities and mealtimes — while aboard the Norwegian Gem. You'll have your choice of multiple pools, or you can watch the world go by on ... 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 Costa Atlantica offers an exciting setting for leisure travelers. Launched in 2000, this member of the Costa portfolio represents the archetype of the line's Spirit Class with gracious hospitality and authentic Italian cuisine. The ship features an abundance ... 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.