If you’re looking forward to planning your first cruise, there are a few things that you should know. While cruise lines have gotten a few bad reviews in the past, most of the major cruise lines are safe and very much customer/passenger centric. This means that they take extra measures to ensure that guests aboard the ships receive the highest quality in clean cabins, safe and healthy food and beverage options, premium entertainment, and a host of amenities to make their time aboard memorable. The level of amenities and quality can vary in a cruise line from one ship to another, because much depends on the passion of the crew to serve their guests. It also depends upon the size of the ship, the capacity and the types of amenities offered which are in line with your preferences. It’s important to make sure that the ship you book with offers the things that you find enjoyable We’ve researched the major cruise lines to find out which ships offered the absolute best services, with high ratings from guests to include in our list of the top 20 best cruise ships in the world for 2019.
20. Celebrity Eclipse Celebrity Cruises
The Celebrity Eclipse Cruise ship made its debut in 2008 with its maiden launch in 2010. This ship was referred to as a “game changer” within the cruise ship industry. It was equipped with a variety of features that had not previously been used on a cruise ship including a live tree in the atrium and real grass on the lawn. A glass blowing studio was also included for guest who were interested in the craft. The cabins were updated and filled with new and quirky art and it even had a new Apple store for guests to shop in. This was a Solstice class ship which had a lot more to offer in terms of amenities and it’s still one of the favorites today.
19. Carnival Magic Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Magic is a ship within the Carnival Cruise Lines which launched in 2011, carrying guests to destinations from Fort Lauderdale, Florida as well as departures from Miami for the Caribbean and Bermuda destinations. The ship has a capacity for carrying 3,690 passengers. This ship was the first in the line to feature a ropes course, which passengers, especially those young at heart appreciated. It was updated in 2016 with a Guy’s Burger Joint and an Italian specialty restaurant. The ship also offers a casino, miniature golf, live shows, the WaterWorks water park and the Punchliner Comedy Club.
18. AIDAprima AIDA Cruises
The AIDAprima cruise ship is a member of the AIDA Cruises fleet which made its first voyage in 2016. It’s one of their newer ships, built in Nagasaki, Japan. It has a 3,300 passenger capacity with large cabins and 14 different cabin types to choose from. It offers some panoramic cabins as well as those with a veranda, and a choice of square footage with room for 2 to 4 guests per cabin. There are a variety of Amenities aboard the 18 deck ships including buffet dining, Lido deck, nightly entertainment, shops, on shore excursions and luxury amenities with destinations including seven day cruises to the Canary Islands and cruises through the western Mediterranean Sea.
17. Freedom of the Seas Royal Caribbean International 2006
Freedom of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean International’s favorite ships for families with active children. They have so many great activities available including Flow Rider surf simulator and an ice skating rink aboard the ship. They ship is also the home of the H2O Zone water park with pools, waterfalls and interactive geysers. The food is top notch with a variety of different restaurants including the Chops Grille, Sabor, for Mexican food, Giovanni’s Table for Italian food and wine tasting with al fresco seating and much more. The amenities are out of this world for family cruises.
16. MSC Seaside MSC Cruises
The MSC Seaside is one of the favorite ships in the MSC Cruises fleet. The ship is fairly new, just put into service in 2017. The suites are modern and the dining is comfortable yet elegant with panoramic views throughout your meal. There are activities for family members of all ages, which makes this one of the most widely chosen ships for family vacations.
15. 4D3N Superstar Gemini Cruise
This ship is another popular one for families. The amenities in this brightly colored and festive ship are whimsical and fun. The dining is world class and they offer a variety of bars, tea cafes, barbecue joints, and various different restaurants. This cruise ship truly is a superstar when it comes to activities and entertainment. They feature the Fabulous Chan, the Stardust Lounge, a Circus, an Activity Center, th Ezker Emparanza Magic Show – The Revolution, a Karaoke Lounge, and much more. You’ll also find a swimming pol, spa and health club, beauty salon, sun deck, a jogging track and a Manjong Room.
14. Majestic Princess Princess Cruises
The Majestic Princess was launched in the summer of 2017 for the Princess Cruise Line. This ship’s home port is in Shanghai, China and they offer Asian cruises throughout Korea and Japan. It’s a highly lauded ship because of its multi story atrium and specialty dining. It also features the glass floor that goes beyond the ship’s edge, called the Sea Walk if you like a good thrill. The ship also offers an outdoor theater so you can watch the latest movies under the stars. There is also live music and a varitey of entertainment and educational experiences awaiting.
13. Norwegian Escape Norwegian Cruise Line
The Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Escape was launched in 2015 with the capacity for up to 4,248 passengers. People love the variety of restaurants and entertainment. The bathrooms are good sized and the cabins are nicely designed. The ship offers several different bars, and an open air casino, along with diverse dining choices.The food is excellent and the brew pub is a nice place to hang out. You can also catch a Broadway musical while aboard.The ship is ideal for families, for couples and for people of all ages.
12. Regal Princess Princess Cruises
The Regal Princess launched in 2014 as a new member of the Princess Cruise Line. This is one of their most stunning ships and it rolled out with a new line of entertainment options for guests, including a pool deck with shows featuring water and light to thrill guests in the evening with 33 foot shots of water into the air along with music in sync with the water and lights show. There are also magic shows, comedy acts, a television studio with cooking demonstration tapings that guests can attend, and much more.
11. Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
The Mariner of the Seas is a popular ship in the Royal Caribbean International fleet with its virtual bungee tramoline experience called Sky Pad, the Flow Rider surf simulator and a ost of water slides. The food is amazing with a variety of restaurants to choose from. They even offer Battle for PLanet Z glow in the dark laser tag fun along with a host of other activities, a host of bars, swimming pools, plenty of entertainment and modern estate rooms.
10. Ovation of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
The Ovation of the Seas Cruise ship was launched in the Royal Caribbean International cruises in 2016. The ship’s capacity is just over 4,100 passengers and it offers excellent entertainment and activity amenities in the Quantum class. They offer several sports and leisure activities for all age groups including zip lines ice rinks, and much more on its 16 decks.
9. Carnival Vista Carnival Cruise Line
The Carnival Vista Ship was launched in the Carnival Cruise Line fleet in 2016. It holds 4,997 passengers and offers a variety of cabin types which guests are extremely pleased with. Some come with 24 hour lounge access and a variety of family friendly games and movies for extra entertainment. The ship also makes babysitting available, offers specialty restaurants, rainfall showers in the suites, a lido buffet, and a host of entertainment options and activities for guests of all ages. The ship sails from Galveston, Texas to the Caribbean.
8. Britannia P&O Cruises
The Britannia is the flagship of P&O Cruises and it’s a stylish vessel that won the Best New Ocean Ship Award in 2015. It offers all of the sophistication that you would find in an upper scale hotel. The ship offers multiple and divers dining areas with seven separate entertainment venues, plenty of places to relax and unwind, 8 bars and pubs and wonderfully modern estate rooms.
7. World Dream, Dream Cruises
World Dream was launched in the Dream Cruises line in 2017. This is one of the more popular ships for gusts who enjoy Asian cruise destinations. Th ship offers international dining, a wide variety of entertainment aboard, excursions at a variety of Asian destinations and excellent customer service aboard the 18 deck luxury cruise ship.
6. AIDAnova AIDA Cruises
AIDAnova launched with AIDA Cruises in 2018 and has quickly become a favorite of the line. If you’re concerned about the environment, you’ll be thrilled with the first cruise ship to use liquefied natural gas for fuel on the Canary Islands for low emissions. The ship is a new generation which offers a variety of entertainment and culinary options and it’s one of the most environmentally friendly ships on the seas.
5. Royal Princess Princess Cruises
Th Royal Princess cruise ship was actually christened by the Duchess of Cambridge upon its launch. This added a royal touch to the new ship that is one of the top choices for vacationers who love the outdoor theaters, the special atrium, the excellent dining, the amazing services an all of the amenities that you could imagine on a cruise ship. There’s ample entertainment and they even have a sun deck that is reserved for teens alone.
4. Allure of the Seas – Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
The Allure of the Seas is the next to the biggest cruise ship on the planet. It has a capacity for almost 6,000 guests but there is so much room that even when fully booked, guests report that there is plenty of room without feeling crowded. There are tons of activities for all ages as well multiple dining options and lots of entertainment. The crew is friendly and helpful which helps to make this one of the most beloved ships in the fleet.
3. Getaway – Norwegian Cruise Line
Getaway is the latest addition to the Norwegian Cruise Line. It is one of the smaller ships in the fleet with a capacity for 4,000 passengers. The Waterfront is a popular drawing card for the ship which offers shops, cafe’s and bars as well as excellent entertainment including magic shows, music and much more. For activities there are water slides that are five stories tall and lots of sports activities including miniature golf, a ropes course an rock climbing. There are also several dining options which make this one of the more popular ships in the line.
2. Solstice – Celebrity Cruises
Solstice cruises in the Celebrity Cruises fleet to several unusual and even exotic destinations including the South Pacific, Tahiti, Australia, New Zealand and Alaska. The top deck of the ship features a half an acre of Lawn which makes it feel like a country club. There are art auctions, glass blowing demonstrations and educational lectures available at the ports. The ship is modern and sleek and there is a lot of natural light allowed in by design. People love the spaciousness and elegance along with the ample amenities of the Solstice.
1. Disney Dream Disney Cruise Line
The number one favorite cruise ship in the world is the Disney Dream of the Disney Cruise line. It’s the largest ship n the line and has undergone updates to make it one of the most technologically modern cruise ships on the seas. It’s created with families in mind and it provides children with the vacation of a lifetime, especially appealing now to the teenage group and younger, providing specialized gathering places, gaming consoles and a variety of activities and entertainment for people of all ages.