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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. 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 Crystal Serenity (Crystal)
  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • 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»

#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»

#5 Independence of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • 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»

#6 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»

#7 Celebrity Infinity (Celebrity)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Celebrity Infinity debuted in 2001 and was updated in 2011 to upgrade many of the ship's staterooms and public areas. The 2011 refurbishment also introduced new venues like Cellar Masters wine bar and Martini Bar & Crush and Qsine, an ... Reviews & Pictures»

#7 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»

#7 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»

#10 Queen Victoria (Cunard)
  • 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»

#10 ms Veendam (Holland America)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • 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»

#10 Diamond Princess (Princess)
  • 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»

#13 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»

#13 Emerald Princess (Princess)
  • 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»

#13 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»

#13 Sun Princess (Princess)
  • 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»

#17 Carnival Liberty (Carnival)
  • 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»

#18 Insignia (Oceania)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Along with sister ships, Regatta and Nautica, Oceania's Insignia underwent a $50 million makeover in 2014. The revamp introduced new stateroom furnishings, an overhauled Canyon Ranch SpaClub, a nine-hole mini-golf course and more. Built in 1998, the 684-passenger Insignia ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Welcoming up to 2,074 guests and 726 crew members, Legend of the Seas is noticeably smaller than some of Royal Caribbean's larger ships. And recent cruisers of this Vision-class ship like it that way, complimenting the ship's ... Reviews & Pictures»

#20 Carnival Breeze (Carnival)
  • 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»

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.