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Best Princess Cruises

U.S. News ranks 17 Princess Cruises based on an analysis of reviews and health ratings. Royal Princess is the top-ranked ship overall. But you can sort the rankings to find the best ship and itinerary for you.

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

Unique features — including the largest top-deck pool of any Princess ship and the SeaWalk, a glass-paneled walkway that stretches 28 feet beyond the ship's edge — make Royal Princess stand out among competitors. On the 3,560-passenger ship, which first ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

With offerings like movie screenings beneath the stars and couples' massages at the adults-only Sanctuary, Ruby Princess caters to couples. But the ship (which debuted in 2008 and was refurbished in 2011) also appeals to other traveler types with its ... Reviews & Pictures»

#3 Ocean Princess (Princess)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Welcomed to the fleet in 2002 (and upgraded in 2012), the 690-guest Ocean Princess offers more personalized service than today's floating resorts. Carrying 338 crew members, the ship offers a more boutique-like atmosphere than its mainstream competitors. On the ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Launched in 2004, the 3,082-passenger Caribbean Princess offers the amenities of its Grand class siblings along with modern innovations, like a 300-square-foot theater for film screenings and an adults-only sundeck. A main draw — thanks to an upgrade in 2011 ... Reviews & Pictures»

#4 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»

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

The 3,080-passenger Crown Princess features a casino, kids clubs and a 300-square-foot poolside theater, making it more reminiscent of a floating resort than an old-time ocean liner. Despite its large-scale amenities, the ship contains quiet nooks, like the Library ... Reviews & Pictures»

#6 Grand Princess (Princess)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • 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»

#6 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»

#9 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»

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

Thanks to its compact size, Island Princess can access hard-to-reach ports of call along the Panama Canal. And with the capacity to carry up to 1,974 passengers and 900 crew members, travelers can expect a more intimate onboard experience ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Like its sister ships, Grand Princess and Golden Princess, the 2,600-passenger Star Princess offers the modern amenities of larger Princess ships — including a 300-square-foot poolside theater and The Sanctuary, an adults-only retreat — without sacrificing personalized service. Though Star Princess ... Reviews & Pictures»

#12 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»

#12 Pacific Princess (Princess)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Like its sister ship, Ocean Princess, the 680-passenger Pacific Princess caters to travelers looking for a more personalized onboard experience than what's offered on the megaships sailing today. Past cruisers describe the ship's staff as warm and gracious ... Reviews & Pictures»

#14 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»

#15 Golden Princess (Princess)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • 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»

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

Launched in 1997, Dawn Princess is part of the line's Sun class. In 2015, the ship will offer sailings to New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific. Unlike larger Princess ships, Dawn Princess has a more intimate atmosphere and ... Reviews & Pictures»

#17 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»

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.