There can’t be any doubting it; if you’re a fan of cruise ships and cruising, then it’s a great time to be alive. All of the major cruise lines, as well as the smaller niche ones, have been pulling out all the stops when it comes to making sure their vessels have all the bells and whistles. As a result, the seas are literally teeming with some of the very best cruise ships the entire world has ever seen.
As with any competition, though, the cream always rises to the top. That’s why we thought it would be fun to rank the top 15 best cruise ships in the world according to passenger ratings. It’s a fairly diverse list, but there are definitely a few cruise lines that managed to land a couple of their vessels on the list. Even so, you’ll find there’s something for everyone here, from the couple looking for a luxurious and romantic cruise ship, to the family looking for a vessel that will keep everyone entertained.
So, let’s get’s get on with it, shall we? Let’s take a look at the very best cruise ships on the planet today!
Only one of Oceania cruise’s ships on this list, the Marina puts a focus on providing almost one-to-one service to its 1,250 passengers.
14. Silver Shadow
One of the larger ships in Silversea’s line of luxury ships, the Silver Shadow has high-class and high-tech amenities that will appeal to the discerning traveler.
13. Oasis of the Seas
The flagship of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class line, the Oasis of the Seas is as big as big gets and is an experience unto itself.
12. Freedom of the Seas
Still larger, but only two-thirds the size of the Oasis of the Seas, the Freedom of the Seas has long been a favorite in RCI’s line.
11. Queen Elizabeth
Having just received an updated in 2014, the Queen Elizabeth is a big reason that so many have such a high opinion of the Cunard line.
10. Celebrity Reflection
This Solstice-class Celebrity ship has plenty to offer, and it’s got tremendous contemporary design that appeals to folks with “famous” tastes.
9. Regal Princess
Featuring the largest open-air pool in Princess Cruises’ entire line, there’s a lot to love about this treasure of a ship.
8. Crystal Serenity
Crystal Cruises put tens of millions of dollars into this ship’s latest update, and it really shows. Everyone who’s been aboard her has fallen in love!
7. Allure of the Seas
While it’s every bit as large as the Oasis of the Seas, the Allure of the Seas has a personality that’s all it’s own. Really, you can’t go wrong with either ship!
6. Disney Fantasy
The newest ship in Disney Cruises’ line, this would be the ultimate family vacation cruise ship if it wasn’t for #4 on the list!
5. Silver Spirit
Carrying only up to 540 passengers, the Silver Spirit offers passengers an experience that’s more like yachting than cruising.
4. Disney Dream
The new Disney Fantasy is all well and good, but any aficionado of Disney cruises will tell you that the Fantasy is the best in the line!
Operated by Oceania Cruises, this ship places a particular emphasis on offering passengers and uncompromisingly luxurious experience.
2. Crystal Symphony
Having been in service since 1995, the Symphony just got a $20-million facelift. Because of that, it still remains one of the top cruise ships in the entire world.
1. Silver Whisper
Carrying jut under 400 passengers and offering one-to-one service, you’ll feel like a real captain of industry when you’re aboard this luxury cruise ship.