World's Best Cruise Ships

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What’s the hottest sail on the seven seas? Say ahoy to the best cruise ships, as picked by Travel + Leisure readers.

Top Mega Ships No. 1 Celebrity Silhouette

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Celebrity Silhouette may carry up to 2,886 passengers, but it never feels crowded, thanks to its 10 restaurants—including a grill-with-the-chef restaurant on the top-deck lawn—more than a dozen lounges, and art-filled nooks with hideaway reading pods. Other top-of-class touches include an art studio, craft beers in Michael’s Bar (a Celebrity Solstice–class clubby staple), a cool hummingbird video in its molecular cocktail bar, and, of course, superb service on itineraries from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean. Rates: from $100 per day

World's Best Cruise Ships

Top Mega Ships No. 1 Celebrity Silhouette

Celebrity Silhouette may carry up to 2,886 passengers, but it never feels crowded, thanks to its 10 restaurants—including a grill-with-the-chef restaurant on the top-deck lawn—more than a dozen lounges, and art-filled nooks with hideaway reading pods. Other top-of-class touches include an art studio, craft beers in Michael’s Bar (a Celebrity Solstice–class clubby staple), a cool hummingbird video in its molecular cocktail bar, and, of course, superb service on itineraries from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean. Rates: from $100 per day

Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

World's Best Cruise Ships

Even identical twins have different personalities, and so it is with twin 122,000-ton cruise ships. You may deck them out the same, they may hit the same ports, but slight tweaks to layout, amenities, and crew—even the entertainment choices and talking heads—add up to an ambience unique to each ship. And as the number of ocean cruising and river ships has grown well into the hundreds, those differences are important to passengers. (Nobody wants to accidentally pick the evil twin.)

In this year’s annual World’s Best survey, T+L readers voted on staterooms, restaurants, itineraries, service, excursions, and onboard activities. The results: even within beloved cruise lines, readers were more passionate about specific ships when it came to their favorite five.

For instance, in the Mega Ship group—ocean liners holding more than 2,200 passengers—three of Celebrity Cruises’s Solstice-class ships made the cut, but they didn’t sweep it with all five. Disney Fantasy (No. 2) and Emerald Princess (No. 5) held their own, even if their line’s sister ships missed the list altogether. The oceangoing Large Ship (600 to 2,199 passengers) and Small Ship (under 600 passengers) categories, as well as River Ships, saw similar splitting of hairs and high-thread-count sheets.

But whether it be a floating city or a souped-up luxury skiff, if you’re looking to go cruising, you can’t go wrong by choosing one of the world’s best cruise ships. Anchors aweigh!

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