Royal Caribbean International

Large or small, cruise ships are in the fantasy business, floating from place to place, tethered only occasionally to the real world in ports. The unique worlds-at-sea favored by Celebrated Living readers range from mega resorts with Vegas-caliber attractions to intimate boutique options with perfectionist service standards. Increasing launches now range both closer to home and farther-flung. 

Top 5 Large Resort Ships

1. Royal Caribbean International
2. Disney Cruise Line
3. Norwegian Cruise Line
4. Celebrity Cruises
5. Princess Cruises

Top 5 Small/Mid-Size Ships

1. Viking River Cruises
2. Crystal Cruises
3. Oceania Cruises
4. Windstar Cruises 
5. Regent Seven Seas Cruises

River cruising has grown exponentially in the past five years, as demonstrated by our small ship winner, Viking River Cruises. This year alone it will launch 16 new 190-passenger ships in Europe, featuring floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors in most staterooms that bring the outdoors in. Roof decks include pools and organic herb gardens.

Entertainment has proven to be the trump card of big ships. The upcoming Quantum of the Seas from Royal Caribbean will stage the Broadway musical Mamma Mia. The new Norwegian Getaway offers Legally Blonde. And the just-launched Regal Princess features a light and water show, complete with dancing fountains, on the top deck.