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Best Cruises for Groups

U.S. News ranks 31 Best Cruises for Groups based on an analysis of reviews and health ratings. Silver Shadow is the top-ranked ship overall. But you can sort the rankings to find the best ship and itinerary for you.

#1 Silver Shadow (Silversea)
  • Overall Rating:5.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

With all-suite accommodations and 302 staff members attending 382 passengers, Silver Shadow wows travelers with its serene ambiance and genuine hospitality. Travelers say they felt like royalty from start to finish thanks to personalized service — crew members make a point ... Reviews & Pictures»

#2 Crystal Serenity (Crystal)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Crystal Serenity first set sail in 2003, but thanks to a $17 million renovation in 2013, the ship now features new Crystal Penthouses and a series of restaurants, including Tastes, which specializes in international cuisine. A main highlight is the ... Reviews & Pictures»

#3 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 Marina (Oceania)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The Marina's innovative culinary offerings earn a thumbs-up from cruising gourmands. On this ship, you can participate in cooking demonstrations at the Bon Appétit Culinary Center and delight in decadent French fare at a bistro with dishes crafted ... Reviews & Pictures»

#5 Queen Elizabeth (Cunard)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Taking her inaugural sailing in 2010, the Queen Elizabeth blends Old World charm with contemporary panache. On the ship, you'll find innovative public spaces like the English country-inspired Games Deck and the Royal Arcade, reminiscent of London's own ... Reviews & Pictures»

#5 Silver Cloud (Silversea)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

If you can't charter a private yacht to take you away to far-flung locales, Silver Cloud may be the next best thing. On this ship, you can unwind with a rejuvenating body wrap at the Spa at Silversea before ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Independence of the Seas is the third ship in Royal Caribbean's Freedom Family. Independence features signature Royal Caribbean amenities, including the FlowRider onboard surf park, a rock climbing wall with views of miles around and the Royal Promenade full ... Reviews & Pictures»

#8 ms Statendam (Holland America)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

If the main goal of your cruise to relax and recharge, consider cruising to Mexico or the Pacific on the 1,260-passenger ms Statendam in 2015. The ms Statendam first set sail in 1993, and it received the fleet-wide "Signature ... 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»

#10 Coral Princess (Princess)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Designed to navigate the Panama Canal, Coral Princess carries only 1,974 passengers. Its small size allows it to reach remote ports of call along the West Coast and Alaska's Inside Passage. And with an almost 2-to-1 guest-to-staff ratio ... Reviews & Pictures»

#11 Queen Victoria (Cunard)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Warmly reminiscent of a more gracious era, modern technology combines seamlessly with her classic yet contemporary interior. Rejuvenate your spirit at a yoga class, and then head to the Cunard Health Club and Spa for a wide range of treatments ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

The 2,670-guest Diamond Princess first debuted in 2004, sailing to popular destinations across Southeast Asia. Today, the ship still offers Asia- and Australia-focused itineraries and thanks to a major upgrade in 2010, the ship is outfitted with new amenities ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

When compared with most other ships in the fleet, Emerald Princess feels larger. With nearly 900 Balcony category cabins (80 percent of all exterior rooms are appointed with a private balcony), Emerald Princess' staterooms are sleek and spacious. Each comes ... Reviews & Pictures»

#14 Sapphire Princess (Princess)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Built in 2004 and refurbished in 2012, the 2,670-passenger Sapphire Princess appeals to travelers looking to sail across Southeast Asia. Singapore, Phuket, Thailand, and Bali, Indonesia, are just a few of the ports featured on Sapphire Princess' 2015 itineraries ... Reviews & Pictures»

#15 Legend of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating: N/A
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Thousands of windows showcase the world's most memorable coastlines and ports. Whether you're cruising the Inside Passage or docked in Cozumel, you'll remember why you came aboard. Filled with an endless supply of entertainment and relaxation options ... Reviews & Pictures»

#16 Sun Princess (Princess)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating: N/A
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Thanks to a $30 million facelift in 2013, the 1,998-passenger Sun Princess features top-of-the-line amenities, like a new seafood venue, a revamped spa facility and a modern atrium. And critics agree the ship's upgraded interior design sets it ... Reviews & Pictures»

#17 Insignia (Oceania)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating: N/A
  • Ship Price: $$$$

With luxurious amenities, exceptional service and a country-club casual atmosphere, Oceania's intimate Insignia offers a unique cruising experience. All suites and 60 percent of the staterooms feature private teak verandas from which you can enjoy spectacular views; suites also ... Reviews & Pictures»

#18 ms Veendam (Holland America)
  • Overall Rating:3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.0
    3.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Launched in 1996, the 1,350-passenger ms Veendam is one of Holland America's larger ships. While it flaunts many of the line's "Signature of Excellence" upgrades, many past cruisers say that the ship's age is noticeable. To ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Launched in 1998 (and able to accommodate 1,998 passengers), Sea Princess offers the refined setting and stylish details of its Sun class siblings, complete with a four-tier atrium and marble accents. But thanks to a refurbishment in 2012, the ... Reviews & Pictures»

#20 Pride of America (Norwegian)
  • Overall Rating:3.5-stars
  • Health Rating: N/A
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Launched in 2005, Pride of America is the only ship in the industry that offers sailings in Hawaii year-round. Though based in the 50th state, Pride of America represents the entire country: The ship's Newbury Street Shops pay tribute ... 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.