Serious Sushi: Crystal Serenity
Nobu Matsuhisa staffs the ship’s Sushi Bar with his own chefs, who dish up everything from rock shrimp tempura to grilled Wagyu beef.
Professional Performances: Royal Caribbean
A far cry from those lip-synched show-tune medleys of cruise ships past, Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas stages full-scale productions of Chicago while Oasis of the Seas has a rollicking rendition of Hairspray.
No Curfews: Azamara Club Cruises
With evening excursions to restaurants, opera performances, and more, Azamara offers plenty of chances to enjoy the nightlife in cities such as Monte Carlo, Monaco, and Barcelona. Best of all: the ship often docks for the night, so you can stay out as late as you want.
Joy Rides: Disney Dream
Taking the waterslide to the next level, Disney’s new ship has a “water coaster” called the AquaDuck: brave riders shoot through 765 feet of clear tubing that takes them off the side of the ship before whisking them around the ship’s upper decks.
Real High Tea: Cunard Queen Elizabeth
Nobody does tea service quite like the Brits. The made-daily scones are served up in the ship’s Garden Lounge with proper English preserves and Devonshire clotted cream.
A Top Chef: Oceania Cruises Marina
Legendary French chef Jacques Pépin chose this ship to launch his namesake first restaurant; when he’s onboard, he often plays professor in its 24-person school.
Innovative Cocktails: Norwegian Epic
You know the Svedka Ice Bar is going to be special the moment you're handed a fur-lined cape: everything—chairs, sculptures, glasses—is made of ice.
High-Tech Docents: Celebrity Cruises
The Solstice-class ships feature one of the largest contemporary art collections afloat; spend an afternoon taking a tour—with the aid of an iPad—to get the scoop on the Lichtensteins and the Hockneys.