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Best Cruises for Groups

U.S. News ranks 26 Best Cruises for Groups based on an analysis of reviews and health ratings. Disney Fantasy 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.

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Disney Fantasy Disney Cruise Line
  • 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»

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Allure of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • 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»

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Oasis of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • 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»

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Independence of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

A member of Royal Caribbean's Freedom class, Independence of the Seas shares several characteristics with its sister ships, including the capacity to accommodate up to 4,375 passengers. Though recent cruisers assure that the 1,360 crew members are ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Liberty of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • 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»

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ms Oosterdam Holland America Line
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The introduction of bold colors to a line best known for refined decor caught some experts off guard when they set foot on the ms Oosterdam, one of Holland America's Vista-class ships. That shock still hasn't quite worn ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Rhapsody of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • 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»

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Adventure of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • 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»

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Diamond Princess Princess Cruises
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • 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»

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Queen Victoria Cunard Line
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Built in 2007, Queen Victoria is Cunard's smallest ship. Carrying around 2,015 passengers, Queen Victoria features a 1-to-2 crew-to-guest ratio, affording cruisers more tailored onboard experiences than larger luxury competitors. Previous passengers highlight the attention to detail and ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Carnival Freedom Carnival Cruise Lines
  • 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»

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Emerald Princess Princess Cruises
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • 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»

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Golden Princess Princess Cruises
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

On the 2,600-passenger Golden Princess, travelers can count on a higher level of personalization than they would likely find on larger ships, thanks to a low crew-to-guest ratio (the ship carries 1,100 staff members). Apart from more tailored ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Sapphire Princess Princess Cruises
  • 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»

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Sun Princess Princess Cruises
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • 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»

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Grand Princess Princess Cruises
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced in 1998, the 2,600-passenger Grand Princess was the first — and largest — Princess ship to debut some large-scale amenities, including a 28,000-square-foot food galley and a top-deck disco (later relocated to the center of the boat). And thanks ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Carnival Dream Carnival Cruise Lines
  • 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»

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Carnival Liberty Carnival Cruise Lines
  • 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»

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Carnival Breeze Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced in 2012, the 3,690-passenger Carnival Breeze is Carnival's newest ship. On board, cruisers will find plenty of programs and activities. The pools, winding waterslides and fountains at WaterWorks, along with the outdoor SportsSquare (complete with a ropes ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Sea Princess Princess Cruises
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • 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 ship ... 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.