Royal Caribbean International’s Allure of the Seas

Cruise connoisseurs know that the best cruise lines provide a seamless, luxurious experience at sea. Here are CL’s Platinum winners on water.

From small yacht-like luxury ships boasting the highest levels of food and service to mega-liners offering families and active couples a seemingly endless choice of dining, nightlife, and recreation options, cruises continue to attract an increasing number of people each year.

Top 5 Large Resort Ships

1. Royal Caribbean International
(800) 769-2522,

2. Norwegian Cruise Line
(866) 234-7350,

3. Celebrity Cruises
(800) 437-3111,

4. Disney Cruise Line
(800) 951-3532,

5. Holland America Line
(877) 932-4259,
After building the two largest and most popular cruise ships afloat, Oasis and Allure of the Seas, ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL continues to upgrade the cruising experience. By year’s end, all staterooms on Splendor of the Seas will boast iPads that let you coordinate onboard activities and shore excursions while managing your account. The company is building two more megaliners which are scheduled to enter service in 2014 and 2015.

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE’s unique “Freestyle Cruising” program attracts cruisers who want to dine when and with whom they please, and have a choice of up to 20 restaurants and varied entertainment ranging from blues to Blue Man Group. On the heels of the popular Norwegian Epic, the company has ordered two more ships which can carry 4,000 people each, scheduled to enter service in 2013 and 2014.

While its ships hold up to 3,030 passengers, CELEBRITY CRUISES’ focus is on refined dining, the spa experience, and great service. The fifth and final Solstice-class ship Celebrity Reflection enters service this year boasting a croquet court on real grass, alternative dining, and a spa-inspired stateroom. The 11-ship fleet cruises just about everywhere. And their Celebrity Xpedition sails year-round in the Galápagos.