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Best Royal Caribbean Cruises

U.S. News ranks 22 Royal Caribbean Cruises based on an analysis of reviews and health ratings. Allure of the Seas 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
Allure of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Unveiled in 2010, the 6,410-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 ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Freedom of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

With a crew of 1,360 serving up to 4,515 guests, it would be easy to assume that Freedom of the Seas skimps on quality customer service. But recent cruisers assure that despite the high passenger volume, the crew ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

New to the fleet in 2009, the 6,360-passenger Oasis of the Seas offers a bevy of unique amenities, such as a carousel, a zip line, two surf simulators and its own sprawling onboard green space known as Central Park ... Reviews & Pictures»

#4
Independence of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

First launched in 2008, Independence of the Seas introduced some big ship amenities in 2013, like a surf simulator and an ice skating rink, to accommodate its 4,375 passengers. While recent cruisers said the 1,360 staff members provided ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced in 2003, Mariner of the Seas primarily sails around Asia and, thanks to a renovation in 2012, the ship now features an upgraded casino, a poolside movie screen, a new specialty restaurant, plus brand-name shops (including a Coach store ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Serenade of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • 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, the ship now features more dining options, including Giovanni's Table — an Italian eatery — and three ... Reviews & Pictures»

#7
Liberty of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Though it's been a few years since Liberty of the Seas has received a facelift, (the ship launched in 2007 and was upgraded in 2011) it consistently receives positive reviews from past cruisers for its clean, well-maintained decks. Housing ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Jewel of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced in 2004 and carrying almost half as many travelers as other megaships in the fleet, Jewel of the Seas can accommodate up to 2,502 and 859 crew members. As one of the smaller Royal Caribbean ships, recent cruises ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Voyager of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

As part of a major refurbishment in 2014, Voyager of the Seas was outfitted with some big-ship amenities the line is known for, like a 3-D theater, a surf simulator and new specialty restaurants, not to mention "virtual balconies" in ... 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: $$$$

Introduced to the fleet in 1997 and majorly refurbished in 2012, Rhapsody of the Seas lacks some of the flashier amenities hallmark to some of the bigger Royal Caribbean ships sailing today. However, it is still home to a rock ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Vision of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • 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 Royal Caribbean's Oasis-class amenities that include new dining venues, updated nighttime entertainment and a poolside movie screen. Past cruisers especially praise ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Explorer of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Inaugurated in 2000, Explorer of the Seas underwent refurbishment in early 2015 to bring on features like the surf simulator, the 3-D movie theater and additional dining options. The ship offers activities for cruisers of all ages and onboard highlights ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Navigator of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The 4,000-passenger Navigator of the Seas first launched in 2002, but thanks to a major upgrade in February 2014, the ship offers more amenities than most of its Royal Caribbean siblings. Take the staterooms, for instance. Navigator of the ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Radiance of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Welcomed to the fleet in 2001, Radiance of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean's smaller ships, carrying up to 2,466 guests and 894 staff members. Cruisers give high marks for the ships service thanks to a nearly ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Brilliance of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced in 2002 and renovated in 2013, Brilliance of the Seas houses 2,543 passengers and 848 staff members. Recent cruisers say all the crew members they encountered were friendly and attentive. Plus, the size of the ship is big ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Splendour of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

After first setting sail in 1996, the 2,074-passenger Splendour of the Seas underwent a major refurbishment in 2011 that added 124 new balcony staterooms, plus several new restaurants and a poolside outdoor movie screen. The renovation also welcomed remodeled ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Adventure of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Fresh from a facelift in 2014, Adventure of the Seas boasts modern amenities, including a Concierge Lounge exclusive to passengers staying in suite accommodations, plus an outdoor movie screen and Wi-Fi "hot spots" (available for an extra fee). The ship ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Majesty of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

In a class all its own, Majesty of the Seas is one of the smaller ships within the fleet, welcoming up to 2,767 guests. Built in 1992 and refurbished in 2007, Majesty of the Seas is designed for shorter ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Grandeur of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Among Royal Caribbean's smaller ships, Grandeur of the Seas welcomes up to 2,440 guests and 760 crew members. Aside from its lesser size, the ship lacks the line's signature amenities like the surf simulator, ice skating rink ... Reviews & Pictures»

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Legend of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
  • 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 other Royal Caribbean ships. And according to recent cruisers, they like it that way, citing the attentive crew and overall cleanliness of ... 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.