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2019 Best for Shore Excursions

7 Night
Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
Visiting:
St. Maarten, San Juan ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    St. Maarten
  • Day 5
    San Juan
  • Day 6
    Labadee
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship Details

Allure of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Caters to every type of cruiser: families, couples, adventurers, food- and wine-lovers.

Cons

Upselling is rampant, and extra fees can quickly add up.

Bottom Line

If you want a fun-filled cruise with plentiful activities, you can't beat Allure of the Seas.

Reviews

Allure of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
5.0/5
Cabins5.0
Dining5.0
Service5.0
Value4.0

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2019 Best for Entertainment

7 Night
Alaska Cruise

Leaving:
Vancouver
Visiting:
Ketchikan, Juneau ... see more
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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  • Day 1
    Vancouver
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Ketchikan
  • Day 4
    Juneau
  • Day 5
    Skagway
  • Day 6
    Glacier Bay
  • Day 7
    College Fjord
  • Day 8
    Whittier
Ship Details

Coral Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Intimate atmosphere with attentive service

Cons

Limited onboard activities, outnumbered by up charges

Bottom Line

Ship's small size and offbeat itineraries tend to draw a more mature crowd

Reviews

Coral Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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2019 Best for Shore Excursions

7 Night
Western Caribbean Cruise

Leaving:
Galveston
Visiting:
Cozumel, Grand Cayman ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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  • Day 1
    Galveston
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cozumel
  • Day 4
    Grand Cayman
  • Day 5
    Falmouth
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Galveston
Ship Details

Liberty of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Great family-friendly programming on a large ship that is relaxing even with little kids

Cons

Food was underwhelming at times and the nightly entertainment was hit or miss

Bottom Line

Liberty of the Seas boasts a fresh feel and provides a fun vacation for all ages

Reviews

Liberty of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.5
Service3.5
Value4.0

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7 Night
Hawaii Cruise

Leaving:
Honolulu
Visiting:
Maui, Maui ... see more
Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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  • Day 1
    Honolulu
  • Day 2
    Maui
  • Day 3
    Maui
  • Day 4
    Hilo
  • Day 5
    Kona
  • Day 6
    Kauai
  • Day 7
    Kauai
  • Day 7
    Cruising (Napali Coast)
  • Day 8
    Honolulu
Ship Details

Pride of America - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Recent reno added high-end furnishings; Hawaii-centric with every day in port; stellar customer service

Cons

Entertainment could be better; best food found at extra-fee restaurants

Bottom Line

Upgraded ship presents perfect way to see all of Hawaii in a week in style and comfort

Reviews

Pride of America Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins5.0
Dining5.0
Service5.0
Value4.0

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7 Night
Alaska Cruise

Leaving:
Vancouver
Visiting:
Ketchikan, Juneau ... see more
Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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  • Day 1
    Vancouver
  • Day 2
    Inside Passage (Cruising)
  • Day 3
    Ketchikan
  • Day 4
    Juneau
  • Day 5
    Skagway
  • Day 6
    Glacier Bay
  • Day 7
    Hubbard Glacier
  • Day 8
    Seward
Ship Details

Norwegian Jewel - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Attractively refurbished ship with lots of dining and entertainment options

Cons

Water slide was removed in the 2018 makeover

Bottom Line

Choose this Jewel-class flagship if you like a vessel that's comfy and fun.

Reviews

Norwegian Jewel Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins3.0
Dining4.0
Service3.0
Value4.0

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  • Specialty Alternative Dining
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  • Soft Drinks
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7 Night
Alaska Cruise

Leaving:
Seattle
Visiting:
Juneau, Skagway ... see more
Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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  • Day 1
    Seattle
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Juneau
  • Day 4
    Skagway
  • Day 5
    Glacier Bay
  • Day 6
    Ketchikan
  • Day 7
    Victoria
  • Day 8
    Seattle
Ship Details

Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

Cons

Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

Bottom Line

A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

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Norwegian Bliss Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.5
Service4.5
Value3.5

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  • Soft Drinks
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  • Alcohol
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  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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2019 Best for Families

7 Night
Alaska Cruise

Leaving:
Seattle
Visiting:
Juneau, Skagway ... see more
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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  • Day 1
    Seattle
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Juneau
  • Day 4
    Skagway
  • Day 5
    Glacier Bay
  • Day 6
    Ketchikan
  • Day 7
    Victoria
  • Day 8
    Seattle
Ship Details

Ruby Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Excellent service and array of dining and entertainment options

Cons

Upselling is a bit excessive

Bottom Line

Friendly ship, with plenty of dining options

Reviews

Ruby Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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7 Night
Bermuda Cruise

Leaving:
New York
Visiting:
King's Wharf, King's Wharf ... see more
Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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  • Day 1
    New York (Manhattan)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    King's Wharf
  • Day 5
    King's Wharf
  • Day 6
    King's Wharf
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    New York (Manhattan)
Ship Details

Norwegian Escape - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Exceptional dining, entertainment, bar and club options abound

Cons

A la carte fees and cover charges add up quickly

Bottom Line

There's something for everyone on Escape, but you might pay extra for it

Reviews

Norwegian Escape Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service3.0
Value4.0

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7 Night
Caribbean - Western Cruise

Leaving:
Miami
Visiting:
Roatan, Harvest Caye ... see more
Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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  • Day 1
    Miami
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Roatan
  • Day 4
    Harvest Caye
  • Day 5
    Costa Maya
  • Day 6
    Cozumel
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Miami
Ship Details

Norwegian Breakaway - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Exceptional variety of restaurants and entertainment

Cons

Shore excursions and destination enrichment lacking local flavor

Bottom Line

Great, fun, easy-going vibe onboard for all ages

Reviews

Norwegian Breakaway Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining5.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation

7 Night
Southern Caribbean Cruise

Leaving:
San Juan
Visiting:
St. Maarten, St. Kitts ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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  • Day 1
    San Juan
  • Day 2
    St. Maarten
  • Day 3
    St. Kitts
  • Day 4
    Antigua
  • Day 5
    St. Lucia
  • Day 6
    Barbados
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    San Juan
Ship Details

Freedom of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

A dizzying number of onboard activities and top-notch entertainment ensure you'll never be bored.

Cons

The ship's central Royal Promenade is a bit like a shopping mall, and sales pitches are at every turn.

Bottom Line

Despite its age, the ship still shines, and there's something for every age group.

Reviews

Freedom of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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7-day
Canada & New England Discovery

Leaving:
Boston
Visiting:
Bar Harbor, Halifax ... see more
Cruise Line:
Holland America Line
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  • Day 1
    Boston
  • Day 2
    Bar Harbor
  • Day 3
    Halifax
  • Day 4
    Sydney (Nova Scotia)
  • Day 5
    Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Quebec City
  • Day 7
    St. Lawrence River (Cruising)
  • Day 8
    Montreal
Ship Details

Zaandam - Holland America Line

Pro

Service embodies attention to detail

Con

Seating on pool deck feels limited at times

Bottom Line

Cozy ship with a friendly vibe

Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.0
Service3.0
Value4.0

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7 Night
Bahamas Cruise

Leaving:
New York
Visiting:
Port Canaveral, Great Stirrup Cay ... see more
Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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    New York (Manhattan)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
  • Day 4
    Great Stirrup Cay
  • Day 5
    Nassau
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    New York (Manhattan)
Ship Details

Norwegian Dawn - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Tons of dining, bars and activities keep everyone entertained; refurb is modern, not tacky

Cons

Less-than-perfect ship has confusing layout and occasional maintenance issues

Bottom Line

Enthusiastic crowd has a fun time onboard, despite upcharges and an older ship

Reviews

Norwegian Dawn Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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2019 Best for Embarkation

7 Night
Eastern Caribbean & Perfect Day

Leaving:
Miami
Visiting:
St. Kitts, St. Thomas ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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    Miami
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    St. Kitts
  • Day 5
    St. Thomas
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Perfect Day at CocoCay
  • Day 8
    Miami
Ship Details

Symphony of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

The range of activities, restaurants and lounges make it a highly customizable ship

Cons

If you choose to indulge in specialty dining, you'll pay a premium

Bottom Line

Royal Caribbean has taken the best features of its most popular ship class and improved upon them

Reviews

Symphony of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins5.0
Dining4.0
Service4.5
Value4.0

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2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation

7-day
Alaskan Explorer

Leaving:
Seattle
Visiting:
Juneau, Sitka ... see more
Cruise Line:
Holland America Line
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  • Day 1
    Seattle
  • Day 1
    Puget Sound (Cruising)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Juneau
  • Day 4
    Hubbard Glacier (Cruising)
  • Day 5
    Sitka
  • Day 6
    Ketchikan
  • Day 7
    Victoria
  • Day 8
    Seattle
Ship Details

Oosterdam - Holland America Line

Pro

The addition of the line's signature Music Walk has reinvigorated nightlife onboard

Con

Lacks attractions for active cruisers

Bottom Line

Good service and excellent evening entertainment combine to please

Reviews

Oosterdam Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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2019 Best for Value

7 Night
Eastern Caribbean & Perfect Day

Leaving:
Port Canaveral
Visiting:
Perfect Day at CocoCay, St. Thomas ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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  • Day 1
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
  • Day 2
    Perfect Day at CocoCay
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    St. Thomas
  • Day 5
    St. Maarten
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Ship Details

Harmony of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

One of the largest cruise ships in the world offers plenty of choice

Cons

Can feel crowded and busy, despite clever design to combat congestion

Bottom Line

Fantastic ship for families and those looking for great entertainment and activities

Reviews

Harmony of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.5
Dining4.0
Service3.0
Value4.0

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7 Night
Bermuda Cruise

Leaving:
Boston
Visiting:
King's Wharf, King's Wharf ... see more
Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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  • Day 1
    Boston
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    King's Wharf
  • Day 4
    King's Wharf
  • Day 5
    King's Wharf
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Boston
Ship Details

Norwegian Gem - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Easy layout, lots of choice, refitted Haven

Cons

Longer itineraries make cruises less family friendly

Bottom Line

Wide range of dining and entertainment options keep everyone happy