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Regal Princess named Best Large Ship at sea

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Winning ship carries 3,560 passengers

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 more than 3,000 passengers. With such size comes loads of onboard activities, entertainment options and dining venues. 

  • Regal Princess
    Princess Cruises

    The 3,560-passenger Regal Princess launched in 2014 – an elegant vessel with plenty of fun to be had onboard. The ship shines in terms of dining options, with plenty of options to choose from. Other highlights include a Movies Under the Stars poolside screen, lawn game area, basketball and volleyball courts and the glass-bottomed SeaWalk.
    Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

  • Carnival Breeze
    Carnival Cruise Lines

    Carnival's "Fun Ship" mentality makes it no surprise that the 3,690-passenger Breeze makes great use of its massive space with loads of attractions and amenities. It’s a winner with kids and teens, who have things like Seuss at Sea and Hasbro, The Game Show, SportsSquare and the 3D Thrill Theater to enjoy. There's plenty on offer for adults too: live concerts, Punchliner Comedy Club, cooking demos and live musicals by Playlist Productions.
    Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines

  • Carnival Horizon
    Carnival Cruise Lines

    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 Lines

  • Royal Princess
    Princess Cruises

    The 3,600-passenger Royal Princess was refurbished in 2016 to include a few notable upgrades, including Princess Luxury Beds in all cabins. The ship launched in 2013 with several industry firsts – Movies Under the Stars, the glass-bottomed SeaWalk, and a dramatic atrium designed to be the social hub of the ship. The Princess Live! television studio runs programming throughout the day.
    Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

  • Carnival Vista
    Carnival Cruise Lines

    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 Lines

  • MSC Seaside
    MSC Cruises

    The 5,179-passenger MSC Seaside seeks to bring passengers “closer to the sea” with innovative outdoor spaces like glass-bottomed bridges, al fresco restaurants, glass-enclosed elevators, a pair of zip lines, a water park and an adventure course. It’s one of the highest ratios of outdoor space per guest in the industry. Other amenities include a 5D cinema, full-size bowling alley and six public pools.
    Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Royal Caribbean International

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

  1. Regal Princess - Princess Cruises
  2. Carnival Breeze - Carnival Cruise Lines
  3. Carnival Horizon - Carnival Cruise Lines
  4. Royal Princess - Princess Cruises
  5. Carnival Vista - Carnival Cruise Lines
  6. MSC Seaside - MSC Cruises
  7. Allure of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International
  8. Celebrity Reflection - Celebrity Cruises
  9. Oasis of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International
  10. Symphony of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Don and Heidi Bucolo (EatSleepCruise.com), Carrie Finley Bajak (CruiseBuzz.net), Danielle Fear (Cruise Miss), Sherry Laskin (CruiseMaven.com), Jason Leppert (Popular Cruising), Chris Owen, Doug Parker (Cruise Radio) and Ming Tappin (Your Cruise Coach) were chosen for their knowledge of the cruising industry.

Congratulations to all these winning cruise ships.

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Danielle Fear

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Jason Leppert

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