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Best Royal Caribbean Cruises

U.S. News ranks 21 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)
  • 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»

#2 Freedom of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

With a crew of 1,360 serving up to 4,375 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»

#2 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»

#4 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»

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

Thanks to a renovation in 2012, the 3,807-guest Mariner of the Seas now features an upgraded casino, a poolside movie screen, a new specialty restaurant, plus brand-name shops (including a Coach store). Introduced in 2003, this Voyager-class ship primarily ... Reviews & Pictures»

#5 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»

#7 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»

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

Carrying up to 2,502 passengers and 859 crew members, Jewel of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean's smaller ships. Introduced in 2004 and a member of the line's Radiance class, Jewel of the Seas welcomes almost ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Royal Caribbean is in the midst of a fleetwide refurbishment, and Voyager of the Seas is about to receive some of the big-ship amenities the line is known for. During its renovation, this Voyager-class ship will be outfitted with a ... Reviews & Pictures»

#10 Rhapsody of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • 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»

#10 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»

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

Inaugrated in 2000, Explorer of the Seas is one Royal Caribbean's five Voyager-class ships. The ship can carry up to 3,840 passengers and 1,185 crew members, maintaining a crew-to-guest ratio of 1 to 3 — relatively low compared ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

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 Seas was the ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Welcomed to the fleet in 2001, Radiance of the Seas consistently receives high praise for its attentive staff. One of the smaller ships within the fleet, Radiance of the Seas welcomes up to 2,466 guests (less than half of ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 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»

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

Splendour of the Seas first set sail in 1996. But if you think this Vision-class ship is beginning to show its age, think again. In 2011, the 2,074-passenger ship received a major refurbishment that added 124 new balcony staterooms ... Reviews & Pictures»

#16 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»

#18 Majesty of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • 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»

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

Among Royal Caribbean's smaller ships, Grandeur of the Seas welcomes up to 2,440 guests and 760 crew members. Apart from the limited passenger capacity, Grandeur of the Seas also lacks the line's signature amenities like the surf ... Reviews & Pictures»

#20 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»

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.