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2019 Best for Value

7 Night
Eastern Caribbean Cruise

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Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
Visiting:
St. Maarten, San Juan ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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  • 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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  • Specialty Alternative Dining
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  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
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  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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2019 Best for Cabins

7 Night
Alaska Cruise

Leaving:
Vancouver
Visiting:
Ketchikan, Juneau ... see more
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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Cruise Itinerary

  • 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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    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
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  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
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  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation

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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    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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2019 Best for Dining

5 Night
Western Caribbean Cruise

Leaving:
Galveston
Visiting:
Costa Maya, Cozumel ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Galveston
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Costa Maya
  • Day 4
    Cozumel
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Galveston
Ship Details

Enchantment of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Lots of enjoyable onboard entertainment, a highlight is the parade of flags

Cons

No adventurous attractions, like waterslides or ziplines

Bottom Line

A good value for families with lots of onboard fun

Reviews

Enchantment of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
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  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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7 Night
Alaska Cruise

Leaving:
Vancouver
Visiting:
Ketchikan, Juneau ... see more
Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • 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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  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation

5 Night
Bermuda Cruise

Cruise Critic Favorite
Leaving:
Baltimore
Visiting:
King's Wharf, King's Wharf ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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  • Day 1
    Baltimore
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    King's Wharf
  • Day 4
    King's Wharf
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Baltimore
Ship Details

Grandeur of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Smaller size, veteran crew and repeat clientele give the ship a homey feel

Cons

Cabins feel old; ship lacks line's newest bells and whistles

Bottom Line

Affordable ship in Baltimore draws families, seniors and everyone in between

Reviews

Grandeur of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins3.5
Dining3.5
Service4.0
Value4.5

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  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

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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  • Basic Drinks
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  • Soft Drinks
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  • Alcohol
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  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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3 Night
Bahamas & Perfect Day Cruise

Leaving:
Port Canaveral
Visiting:
Nassau, Perfect Day at CocoCay ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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  • Day 1
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
  • Day 2
    Nassau
  • Day 3
    Perfect Day at CocoCay
  • Day 4
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Ship Details

Mariner of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Something surprising to see or do around every corner, no shortage of action onboard

Cons

Some specialty dining reservations were impossible to come by due to the short sailings

Bottom Line

Activity-filled, weekend-friendly itineraries and great food make an ideal sailing

Reviews

Mariner of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
5.0/5
Cabins4.5
Dining5.0
Service4.5
Value5.0

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  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

7-day
Canada & New England Discovery

Leaving:
Boston
Visiting:
Bar Harbor, Halifax ... see more
Cruise Line:
Holland America Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • 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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  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
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  • Alcohol
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  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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2019 Best for Embarkation

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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  • Specialty Alternative Dining
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    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
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2019 Best for Shore Excursions

7-day
Alaskan Explorer

Leaving:
Seattle
Visiting:
Juneau, Sitka ... see more
Cruise Line:
Holland America Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • 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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  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
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  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
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  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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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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7 Night
Greece & Croatia Cruise

Leaving:
Venice
Visiting:
Dubrovnik, Kotor ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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    Venice
  • Day 2
    Dubrovnik
  • Day 3
    Kotor
  • Day 4
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  • Day 5
    Santorini
  • Day 6
    Katakolon (Olympia)
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Venice
Ship Details

Rhapsody of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Personalized service and consistent quality in the main dining room and buffet

Cons

Entertainment options could be improved; shows amused but rarely wowed

Bottom Line

Comfortable, intimate midsize ship offers a solid choice of amenities

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Rhapsody of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
3.5/5
Cabins3.5
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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7 Night
Alaska Cruise

Leaving:
Seward
Visiting:
Hubbard Glacier, Icy Strait ... see more
Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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  • Day 1
    Seward
  • Day 2
    Hubbard Glacier
  • Day 3
    Icy Strait
  • Day 4
    Sawyer Glacier (Cruising)
  • Day 4
    Juneau
  • Day 5
    Skagway
  • Day 6
    Ketchikan
  • Day 7
    Inside Passage (Cruising)
  • Day 8
    Vancouver
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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2019 Best for Entertainment

4 Night
Western Caribbean Cruise

Leaving:
Galveston
Visiting:
Cozumel, Galveston ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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    Galveston
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cozumel
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Galveston
Ship Details

Enchantment of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Lots of enjoyable onboard entertainment, a highlight is the parade of flags

Cons

No adventurous attractions, like waterslides or ziplines

Bottom Line

A good value for families with lots of onboard fun

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Enchantment of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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6 Night
Canada & New England Cruise

Leaving:
Bayonne
Visiting:
Bar Harbor, Saint John ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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    Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
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    Bar Harbor
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    Saint John (New Brunswick)
  • Day 5
    Halifax
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
Ship Details

Adventure of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Newly installed FlowRiders and water slides are sure to please

Cons

Less than half of the cabins onboard have balconies

Bottom Line

A good choice for Southern Caribbean cruises requiring fewer at sea days

Reviews

Adventure of the Seas Reviews

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

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2019 Best for Cabins

9 Night
Canada & New England Cruise

Leaving:
Baltimore
Visiting:
Boston, Portland ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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    Baltimore
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Boston
  • Day 4
    Portland (Maine)
  • Day 5
    Bar Harbor
  • Day 6
    Saint John (New Brunswick)
  • Day 7
    Halifax
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Baltimore
Ship Details

Grandeur of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Smaller size, veteran crew and repeat clientele give the ship a homey feel

Cons

Cabins feel old; ship lacks line's newest bells and whistles

Bottom Line

Affordable ship in Baltimore draws families, seniors and everyone in between

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Grandeur of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins3.5
Dining3.5
Service4.0
Value4.5

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2019 Best for Value

7 Night
Alaska Cruise

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

Seven Seas Mariner - Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Pro: Cruise fare covers nearly everything: drinks, tips and excellent variety of excursions

Con: Prices are among the industry's highest, even for entry-level suites

Bottom Line: Inclusive nature and great service means a Mariner cruise is all about relaxing

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Seven Seas Mariner Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.5
Dining4.0
Service5.0
Value4.0

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2019 Best for Cabins

5 Night
Bermuda Cruise

Leaving:
Bayonne
Visiting:
King's Wharf, King's Wharf ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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    Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
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    Cruising
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    King's Wharf
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    King's Wharf
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    Cruising
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    Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
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Anthem of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Cruisers are spoiled for choice when it comes to activities, restaurants

Cons

For-fee dining, additional activities can come with hefty price tag

Bottom Line

Ship is fun, beautiful and perfect for families and those looking for a resort experience

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Anthem of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins5.0
Dining4.0
Service5.0
Value3.0

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4 Night
Bahamas & Perfect Day Cruise

Leaving:
Port Canaveral
Visiting:
Nassau, Perfect Day at CocoCay ... see more
Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
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    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Nassau
  • Day 4
    Perfect Day at CocoCay
  • Day 5
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Ship Details

Mariner of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Something surprising to see or do around every corner, no shortage of action onboard

Cons

Some specialty dining reservations were impossible to come by due to the short sailings

Bottom Line

Activity-filled, weekend-friendly itineraries and great food make an ideal sailing

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Mariner of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
5.0/5
Cabins4.5
Dining5.0
Service4.5
Value5.0

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