Mainstream | Big Ship Cruises

Mainstream | Big Ship Cruises

Allure of the Seas. Royal Caribbean operates the world’s largest cruise ships. Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean

What do you want to do today? Where do you want to eat? On big ship cruises, these are legitimate questions that need to be answered because the choices are not limited to either/or.

The major cruise lines that have been unveiling and sailing larger and larger cruise ships for the past decade take pride in offering so many choices that, for instance, it takes a week to visit every restaurant or dining room for dinner.

Superliners from Carnival Cruise Line, MSC CruisesNorwegian Cruise LinePrincess Cruises,  Royal Caribbean International and others provide a cruise vacation that can be wild and wooly one minute and cool, calm and collected the next. The facilities on these floating resorts, which all deserve the state-of-the-art label, will satisfy everyone from the health nut who wants to stay fit to the party animal who wants to dance all night.

How do you choose between, say, Carnival, Royal Caribbean or Norwegian?

It’s the big ship cruises that feature the headline-grabbing innovations like surfing and sky-diving simulators, rock-climbing walls, ice skating rinks and wave pools, but because they are newer, they also feature some of the neatest twists on cruise-ship staples such as health spas, libraries and game rooms.

Mix in a few days visiting appealing ports, and a week on a big ship will seem to fly by. What may be most impressive, though, is how these ships can accommodate more than 4,000 people while not seeming crowded. More than anything, that’s a testament to all the different choices everyone is making every day.

Big ship cruises typically offer exceptional value, but get you with the on-board spending. You’ll pay for extra for everything, soft drinks, speciality coffees, wine, beer and spirits. Plus, you’ll need to budget extra, as gratuities are not included as they are on luxury cruises.  Still, big ship cruising can be tons of fun, and they offer up something for everyone in the family.

Carnival Cruise Reviews

To read a review of a particular ship, click the link under "Read the Review." If applicable, our Live Voyage Reports offer a day-by-day overview of an actual cruise onboard. In some cases, there may be more than one report, to be sure to see if your favorite destination is represented.
Ship ReviewLive Voyage Report
Carnival Breeze Review• 8-Night Eastern Caribbean
• Inagural Season First Impressions
Carnival Conquest Review
Carnival Dream Review
Carnival Ecstasy Review
Carnival Elation Review
Carnival Fantasy Review
Carnival Fascination Review
Carnival Freedom Review• Western Caribbean from Galveston
Carnival Glory Review
Carnival Imagination Review
Carnival Inspiration Review
Carnival Legend Review
Carnival Liberty Review
Carnival Magic Review
Carnival Miracle ReviewCarnival Miracle: Classic Mexican Riviera
Carnival Paradise Review
Carnival Pride Review
Carnival Sensation Review
Carnival Spirit Review
Carnival Splendor Review
Carnival Sunshine Review
Carnival Triumph Review
Carnival Valor Review
Carnival Victory Review
Carnival Vista Review

Norwegian Cruise Reviews

To read a review of a particular ship, click the link under "Read the Review." If applicable, our Live Voyage Reports offer a day-by-day overview of an actual cruise onboard. In some cases, there may be more than one report, to be sure to see if your favorite destination is represented.
Ship ReviewLive Voyage Report
Norwegian Breakaway Review• Christening Ceremonies in New York
Norwegian Dawn Review
Norwegian Epic Review• Eastern Caribbean from Miami
Norwegian Escape Review
Norwegian Gem Review
Norwegian Getaway Review
Norwegian Jade Review
Norwegian Jewel Review
Norwegian Pearl Review• Alaska & Glacier Bay from Seattle
Norwegian Sky Review
Norwegian Spirit Review
Norwegian Star Review
Norwegian Sun Review
Pride of America Review

Princess Cruises Reviews

To read a review of a particular ship, click the link under "Read the Review." If applicable, our Live Voyage Reports offer a day-by-day overview of an actual cruise onboard. In some cases, there may be more than one report, to be sure to see if your favorite destination is represented.
Ship ReviewLive Voyage Report
Caribbean Princess Review
Coral Princess Review• Southbound Alaska - Whittier to Vancouver
Crown Princess Review
Dawn Princess Review
Diamond Princess Review
Emerald Princess Review
Golden Princess Review
Grand Princess Review
Island Princess Review
Majestic Princess
Ocean Princess Review
Pacific Princess Review
Regal Princess Review
Royal Princess Review
Ruby Princess Review
Sapphire Princess Review
Sea Princess Review
Star Princess Review• Alaska from San Francisco
• Alaska CruiseTour Anchorage – Vancouver
Sun Princess Review

Royal Caribbean Cruise Reviews

To read a review of a particular ship, click the link under "Read the Review." If applicable, our Live Voyage Reports offer a day-by-day overview of an actual cruise onboard. In some cases, there may be more than one report, to be sure to see if your favorite destination is represented.
Ship ReviewLive Voyage Report
Adventure of the Seas Review
Anthem of the Seas Preview
Allure of the Seas Review• A Day on the Boardwalk With Kids
Brilliance of the Seas Review
Empress of the Seas
Enchantment of the Seas Review
Explorer of the Seas Review
Freedom of the Seas Review
Harmony of the Seas
Grandeur of the Seas Review
Independence of the Seas
Jewel of the Seas Review
Legend of the Seas Review
Liberty of the Seas Review
Majesty of the Seas Review
Mariner of the Seas Review
Navigator of the Seas Review
Oasis of the Seas Review
Quantum of the Seas Review• New York Inaugural Preview Cruise
Radiance of the Seas Review• Royal Advantage Makeover in Esquimalt, BC
Rhapsody of the Seas Review
Serenade of the Seas Review
Splendour of the Seas Review
Vision of the Seas Review
Voyager of the Seas Review

MSC Cruises Reviews

To read a review of a particular ship, click the link under "Read the Review." If applicable, our Live Voyage Reports offer a day-by-day overview of an actual cruise onboard. In some cases, there may be more than one report, to be sure to see if your favorite destination is represented.
Ship ReviewLive Voyage Report
MSC Armonia
MSC Divina Review• Eastern Caribbean from Miami
MSC Fanstasia
MSC Lirica
MSC Magnifica
MSC Meraviglia
MSC Musica
MSC Opera
MSC Orchestra
MSC Poesia
MSC Preziosa
MSC Seaside
MSC Seaview
MSC Sinfonia
MSC Splendida

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