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Allure of the Seas

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Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas

The 5,400-passenger Allure builds on the blueprint introduced by its sister, Oasis. Both ships feature attractions like ziplining and a handmade wooden carousel, but Allure has its own twists, including a Brazilian churascarria and the Broadway show "Mamma Mia!".

Deployment: Year-round Caribbean cruises out of Fort Lauderdale

Sleep

  • 20-plus cabin categories ranging from insides to suites
  • "In-facing" balconies
  • Suites include lofts, two-bedrooms overlooking the AquaTheater
  • Cabin Reviews
  • Deck Plans

Eat

  • 20-plus dining options
  • Johnny Rockets burgers, hot dog joint
  • Alternative venues: Japanese, Italian, steakhouse, Mexican

Fun

  • Coney Island-style Boardwalk with carousel
  • Outdoor AquaTheater for daredevil diving shows
  • "Beach" and "sports" pools, plus H2O zone for kids

Photo Tour of Allure of the Seas


Norwegian Getaway

Norwegian Getaway

Norwegian Getaway, which debuted in 2014, is a Miami-inspired ship that sails year-round from that port. You'll notice touches of South Beach throughout: the Tropicana room, designed as a 1940s Havana supper club; the Flamingo Grill, serving Cuban food; and Burn the Floor with a Havana nights theme and sultry Latin dancing.

Deployment: Cruises to the Caribbean

Sleep

  • 2,014 cabins in 11 main categories, some adjoining and wheelchair-accessible
  • Cabins are energy efficient, requiring key cards to operate lighting and power
  • 59 Studio cabins for solos
  • Cabin Reviews
  • Deck Plans

Eat

  • 27 restaurants, indoors and out
  • Celebrity chef-inspired venues include Ocean Blue and Carlo's Bakery
  • Three complimentary main dining rooms

Fun

  • Ice Bar (literally the coolest spot onboard)
  • Sky Trail ropes course with an eight-foot-long plank
  • Kids' pool, adults-only deck and five water slides

Photo Tour of Norwegian Getaway


Anthem of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas

The innovative, 4,180-passenger Anthem of the Seas debuted in 2015 with crazy attractions like a skydiving simulator and a London Eye-style glass pod that rises over the pool deck. The high-tech ship offers fast Wi-Fi, onboard bookings via tablets and apps, and RFID bracelets for cabin access and on-ship purchases. The look is classy and modern, and cruisers are spoiled for choice in dining, accommodations and sea day fun.

Deployment: Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean and Canada/New England cruises out of Bayonne

Sleep

  • 1,570 cabins with balconies out of 2,090 total
  • Inside rooms feature Virtual Balcony LED screens with ocean views
  • Choice of suite types, all with extra perks and exclusive dining room
  • Cabin Reviews
  • Deck Plans

Eat

  • Four main dining rooms with different themes, menus
  • Devinly Decadence offers tasty, low-cal choices
  • Don't miss pub snacks at Michael's Genuine Pub

Fun

  • SeaPlex offers bumper cars, roller skating, trapeze lessons, video games and Ping-Pong
  • Hit shows "We Will Rock You" and high-tech "Spectra's Cabaret"
  • Gorgeous adults-only Solarium with cascading pools

Photo Tour of Anthem of the Seas


Carnival Breeze

Carnival Breeze

The boisterous Carnival Breeze debuted in 2012 as the third ship in the line's popular Dream Class. The 3,690-passenger Breeze embodies a new breed of Fun Ship with a toned-down tropical feel and more cohesive decor. Changes come thanks to a new designer and the first full execution of the line's half-billion-dollar "Fun Ship 2.0" initiative, a fleetwide identity overhaul focusing on food, booze and entertainment.

Deployment: Year-round Caribbean cruises out of Miami and Galveston

Sleep

  • Spacious standard cabins, from insides to balconies, plus spa cabins and suites
  • Family "quint" cabins have two bathrooms
  • Deck 2 "cove balconies" offer additional privacy
  • Cabin Reviews
  • Deck Plans

Eat

  • Varied mix of dining options with only a few extra-fee venues
  • Pair of two-deck dining rooms with flexible and assigned dining options
  • Revamped top-ship buffet for less congested crowds

Fun

  • Water park with slides and water sprayers
  • Each bar has a unique vibe, music, decor and drink list
  • Great interactive show: "Hasbro, the Game Show"

Photo Tour of Carnival Breeze


Oasis of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas

The 5,400-passenger Oasis launched in 2009 as the largest cruise ship ever built. In addition to debuting many at-sea firsts, including an outdoor AquaTheater, Oasis represents a revolution in design. An open-air corridor carved out along the length of the ship creates space for a tropical foliage- and eatery-filled Central Park and a Coney Island-style Boardwalk.

Deployment: Year-round Caribbean cruises out of Fort Lauderdale or Port Canaveral

Sleep

  • In-facing balconies overlook Central Park and Boardwalk
  • Apartment-sized double-decker "Lofts"
  • Family cabins, from insides to suites
  • Cabin Reviews
  • Deck Plans

Eat

  • More than 20 dining options, about half for-fee
  • Fan favorite Park Cafe for paninis, salads
  • Coastal Kitchen restaurant for suite passengers only

Fun

  • Foliage-filled Central Park is hub for eating, drinking
  • Glass-covered Solarium with pool
  • Surf simulators, zipline and rock-climbing walls

Photo Tour of Oasis of the Seas


Carnival Sunshine

Carnival Sunshine

The 3,006-passenger Carnival Sunshine received a huge makeover in 2013, adding most of the Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades. Among the additions are Guy's Burger Joint, the BlueIguana Cantina, Cucina del Capitano, Alchemy Bar and a triple-deck adults-only Serenity deck.

Deployment: Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean and Canada/New England cruises out of Charleston, New York, Norfolk, Port Canaveral and San Juan

Sleep

  • No-frills cabin options: insides, ocean views, balconies and suites
  • Muted decor of whites and browns with blue carpeting and pillows
  • Spa cabins get free fitness classes and thermal suite access
  • Cabin Reviews
  • Deck Plans

Eat

  • Plenty of free dining options, focusing on casual eats
  • Extra-fee options include Italian, steak and Asian venues
  • Breakfast burritos at the BlueIguana Cantina are out of this world

Fun

  • The Punchliner Comedy Club for family-friendly and adults-only comedy
  • WaterWorks and SportSquare for outdoor fun and thrills
  • "Hasbro, the Game Show" and four shorter PlayList Production shows

Photo Tour of Carnival Sunshine


Celebrity Reflection

Celebrity Reflection

Cool sophistication is the unmistakable vibe onboard 3,046-passenger Celebrity Reflection, the final -- and biggest -- of the five ships in Celebrity's Solstice Class. You'll find class staples like the Lawn Club, Solarium and themed dining venues, as well as additional suite classes -- but no official nightclub.

Deployment: Caribbean and Mediterranean cruises from Miami and Rome

Sleep

  • 1,532 cabins include family cabins and seven types of suites
  • Balcony cabins feature 54-square-foot balconies
  • AquaClass cabins and suites offer spa perks and freebies
  • Cabin Reviews
  • Deck Plans

Eat

  • Six for-fee restaurants, from crepes to DIY steaks
  • AquaClass passengers get exclusive restaurant, Blu
  • Qsine diners order quirky international comfort food on iPads

Fun

  • Impressive cocktail serving at Martini Bar
  • Adults-only Solarium for no-sunburn lounging
  • Cellar Masters: a wine-lover's happy place

Photo Tour of Celebrity Reflection


Disney Dream

Disney Dream

The 2,500-passenger Disney Dream -- which debuted in 2011 -- takes a classy, art deco approach to family cruising. Star Wars-themed play areas, adults-only bars and sun decks, and standout shows (including fireworks) make for a memorable multigenerational vacation.

Deployment: Year-round Bahamas cruises from Port Canaveral

Sleep

  • Inside cabins feature "magical portholes"
  • Cabins feature bath-and-a-half setup
  • For more room, try a Concierge Suite
  • Cabin Reviews
  • Deck Plans

Eat

  • Rotational dining setup: Eat in one of three main restaurants every night, but keep same waiters
  • Buzzworthy $85-a-head French venue, Remy
  • Diners interact with "Finding Nemo's" Crush at Animator's Palate

Fun

  • AquaDuck water coaster ride circles the pool deck
  • Disney produces some of cruising's best stage shows
  • Adults-only Satellite Sun Deck and Falls


Regal Princess

Regal Princess

Regal Princess is unmistakably elegant and strikes the right balance between fun and refinement. Its hub is the grand Piazza for entertainment, food, drinks and people-watching. Don't miss the SeaWalk, a glass walkway that juts out from the Lido Deck; it's a hallmark of this class of ships.

Deployment: Caribbean, New England/Canada and Europe cruises from Fort Lauderdale, New York City, Copenhagen, Berlin and St. Petersburg

Sleep

  • 1,780 cabins include three types of suites, but no window-only cabins
  • 81 percent of cabins have balconies.
  • More contemporary decor, larger showers and handheld showerheads
  • Cabin Reviews
  • Deck Plans

Eat

  • Plenty of free dining, including Alfredo's Pizzeria and International Cafe snacks
  • All three main dining rooms offer menus for dietary restrictions
  • Huge buffet with plenty of seats

Fun

  • Princess Live! -- the first television studio at sea
  • Sanctuary adults-only sun deck
  • Popcorn and cookies for pool deck Movies Under the Stars

Photo Tour of Regal Princess


Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Breakaway, which debuted in 2013, is a New York-themed ship and a sister ship to Norwegian Getaway. It offers resort-like, rather than ship-like, entertainment and dining, with lots of extra-fee options, but cruisers can enjoy great outdoor spaces like Spice H2O and The Waterfront, all of the ship's marquee entertainment, and casual, as well as sit-down dining without paying an upcharge.

Deployment: Cruises to the Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda from New York

Sleep

  • 2,014 cabins include spa, wheelchair-accessible and family options
  • Haven suites get private courtyard with a small pool, exclusive lounge and restaurant
  • 100-square-foot solo cabins with private lounge access
  • Cabin Reviews
  • Deck Plans

Eat

  • Many restaurants offer alfresco dining
  • Free options include supper club, noodle bar and grill
  • Dinner theater and upscale date-night venues charge a fee

Fun

  • Popular shows include "Rock of Ages" and "Burn the Floor"
  • At night, enjoy live jazz, comedy, dueling piano players and theme parties
  • Top-deck attractions like rock climbing, water slides, and ropes course

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