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Best Cruises for Groups

U.S. News ranks 38 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: $$$$

The 1,070-passenger Crystal Serenity — with its personal butlers, language classes (taught at the Creative Learning Institute) and wine and food tastings — sets the standard for luxury cruising. This ship particularly impresses guests with its genuine and attentive staff and ... Reviews & Pictures»

#3 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 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»

#3 Royal Princess (Princess)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating: N/A
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The breathtaking Royal Princess combines classic signature favorites with an evolutionary design and exciting new features. Savor dramatic views from the innovative over-the-water SeaWalk, a glass-bottomed walkway extending more than 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship. Sip a ... Reviews & Pictures»

#6 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»

#6 Oasis of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The Oasis of the Seas is 220,000 tons and 16 decks high, boasts 2,700 staterooms and features seven distinct neighborhoods to explore. Book a two-story Crown Loft Suite with views from high above, enjoy a sumptuous meal at ... Reviews & Pictures»

#6 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»

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

Welcome aboard Holland America's ms Oosterdam, the second of the spacious Vista-class ships. The ms Oosterdam provides state-of-the-art facilities and public areas, as well as unparalleled services and amenities. Settle into your plush and inviting accommodations, two-thirds of the ... Reviews & Pictures»

#9 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»

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

Holland America's ms Statendam celebrates the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. Guests will discover inviting staterooms many feature ocean views with private verandahs. Indulge in pampering body treatments at the Greenhouse Spa, join an interactive cooking lesson ... Reviews & Pictures»

#11 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»

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

Coral Princess is one of just two ships in the Princess fleet specially built to sail through the Panama Canal. Ninety percent of her staterooms offer ocean views, with 700 balconies available, perfect for witnessing the engineering marvel of the ... Reviews & Pictures»

#14 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»

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

As one of only two Princess ships built in Japan, it's not surprising this exotic gem can often be found sailing to the most intriguing destinations abroad. Great tasting food is one of this ship's highlights, offering the ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Launched in 2007, Emerald Princess is one of the largest ships in the Princess fleet. She offers nearly 900 balcony staterooms from which to take in the colorful sunrise over the ocean or capture a breathtaking sunset sail-in to a ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Refurbished in January 2012, Sapphire Princess looks and feels like a totally new ship. Passengers can enjoy a blockbuster film by the pool with the new Movies Under the Stars, take in live performances in the new Piazza, or relax ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

See the world on the Vision of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's roaming resort. Enjoy first-class service and amenities as the Vision sails from balmy Mexico to glacier-filled Alaska and the panoramic Pacific Northwest. As you travel from port to ... Reviews & Pictures»

#18 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»

#20 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»

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.