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Best Cruises for Groups

U.S. News ranks 42 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 Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • 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»

#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»

#4 Oasis of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • 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»

#6 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»

#7 Serenade of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Serenade of the Seas first debuted in 2003 but don't underestimate what a facelift can add: After a $29 million upgrade in 2012, Serenade of the Seas now features more dining options, including Giovanni's Table — an Italian eatery ... Reviews & Pictures»

#8 Liberty of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • 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»

#9 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»

#9 ms Oosterdam (Holland America)
  • 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»

#9 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»

#9 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»

#13 Vision of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Thanks to a dry dock in 2013, the 2,514-passenger Vision of the Seas now offers some of the amenities available on ships in Royal Caribbean's Oasis class. Introduced in 1998, the Vision-class ship now boasts five new dining ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Introduced in 2002 and renovated in 2013, Brilliance of the Seas is a midsize ship in Royal Caribbean's Radiance class. With 848 crew members catering to up to 2,543 guests, the ship maintains a relatively low crew-to-passenger ratio ... Reviews & Pictures»

#15 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»

#15 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»

#15 ms Westerdam (Holland America)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Since debuting in 2004, this Vista-class ship has impressed passengers with its extensive art collection made up of historic Dutch paintings, 5,000-year-old sculptures and contemporary works by the likes of Andy Warhol and Susanna Holt. However, cruisers who boarded ... Reviews & Pictures»

#15 Adventure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • 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»

#15 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»

#20 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»

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.