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Best Large Cruise Ship (2021)

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  • MSC Meraviglia

    MSC Meraviglia
    MSC Cruises

    Introduced in 2017, the 4,500-passenger MSC Meraviglia has quickly become known for its family friendly modular staterooms, private access MSC Yacht Club and loads of onboard entertainment. The ship is home to the first custom-built Cirque du Soleil theater at sea, a dozen different dining venues, the longest LED dome at sea, a beautiful Mediterranean style promenade, water park and five kids’ clubs.
    Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises

  • Sky Princess

    Sky Princess
    Princess Cruises

    New in 2019, Sky Princess carries up to 3,660 passengers on itineraries in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Cabins include the largest balconies at sea, while dining options cater to every taste. Ship highlights include a European-style Piazza atrium, a dedicated jazz theater and one of the best wine bars on a cruise ship.
    Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

  • Carnival Horizon

    Carnival Horizon
    Carnival Cruise Line

    Introduced in 2018, Carnival Horizon features 15 passenger decks with room for 3,960 guests in 1,980 staterooms. Carnival’s newest is packed with amenities, including a vintage-themed cocktail bar, wrap-around promenade, onboard brewery, infinity pool, 3-deck IMAX theater, dive-in movie theater and numerous restaurants, lounges and shops.
    Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

  • Celebrity Reflection

    Celebrity Reflection
    Celebrity Cruises

    The 3,046-passenger Celebrity Reflection is all about cruising sophistication. At The Art Studio, master artists from The ArtCenter/South Florida host hands-on demos and classes in a range of art mediums. Passengers enjoy nightly live music scattered throughout the ship, as well as big production shows, stand-up comedy, music and magic performances at the two-level Reflection Theater. There are over a dozen dining venues to choose from, as well as a half dozen bars and lounges.
    Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

  • Carnival Vista

    Carnival Vista
    Carnival Cruise Line

    Among the newer ships in the Carnival fleet, the 3,936-passenger Vista seems made for days at sea, with plenty more to do that you could possible fit into a single cruise itinerary. The onboard SportsSquare introduced a few firsts to cruising, including SkyRide – a combination between a bicycle and a zip line. Guests will also find a movie multiplex, several live music venues and loads of restaurant options.
    Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

  • Carnival Panorama

    Carnival Panorama
    Carnival Cruise Line

    Sailing from Los Angeles in December 2019, Carnival Panorama offers 15 decks of fun for up to 5,097 passengers. Accommodations include 2,004 staterooms and new features like the Carnival Kitchen cooking school and Sky Zone, the first ever trampoline park at sea.
    Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

  • Symphony of the Seas

    Symphony of the Seas
    Royal Caribbean International

    There’s a lot happening on the 6,680-passenger Symphony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship. The 16 guest decks are divided into seven “neighborhoods” where passengers can slide down the 10-story Ultimate Abyss, play laser tag at Battle for Planet Z, dine at 20 different restaurant concepts or watch a Broadway-style production of Hairspray.
    Photo courtesy of SBW Photo / Royal Caribbean International

  • MSC Bellissima

    MSC Bellissima
    MSC Cruises

    The 5,686-passenger MSC Bellissima offers nearly 100 square feet of public space per guest, with amenities like the longest LED dome at sea, 12 dining venues, 20 bars and lounges and two new Cirque du Soleil shows. Each cabin comes equipped with Zoe, a voice-activated AI device.
    Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises

  • Allure of the Seas

    Allure of the Seas
    Royal Caribbean International

    The 6,780-passenger Allure of the Seas was the largest cruise ship in the world for several years. With 18 decks, this giant is packed with activities, making sea days a big plus. Options include glitzy productions at the Aquatheater, a zip line over the boardwalk, well over a dozen dining options, four pools, a rock climbing wall, ice skating rink and several shops.
    Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

  • Oasis of the Seas

    Oasis of the Seas
    Royal Caribbean International

    When the 6,780-guest Oasis of the Seas debuted in 2009, it was a game changer in the cruising industry. The three-level Opal Theater hosts performances of CATS, but the real highlight is the innovative AquaTheater, where onlookers watch divers, gymnasts and synchronized swimmers perform mighty impressive feats set to music. Daily activities abound, and with arcades, surf simulators and zip lines, guests have to work hard to be bored.
    Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

Sometimes the journey is more important than the destination. That’s often the case when you board one of these giant floating hotels. These 10 cruise ships represent some of the biggest and newest at sea, each with a capacity of over 3,000 passengers. With such size comes loads of onboard activities, entertainment options and dining venues. 

The top 10 winners in the category Best Large Cruise Ship are as follows:

  1. MSC Meraviglia - MSC Cruises
  2. Sky Princess - Princess Cruises
  3. Carnival Horizon - Carnival Cruise Line
  4. Celebrity Reflection - Celebrity Cruises
  5. Carnival Vista - Carnival Cruise Line
  6. Carnival Panorama - Carnival Cruise Line
  7. Symphony of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International
  8. MSC Bellissima - MSC Cruises
  9. Allure of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International
  10. Oasis of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning cruise ships!

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