2017 Cruisers’ Choice Awards
Get to know the best cruise ships in a variety of categories, based on member review ratings for cruises taken in the last year.

Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Celebrity Reflection
1 of 10 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation
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Check-in was very efficient...maybe 10 minutes from stepping off the hotel shuttle until we were in our veranda cabin.
Disney Dream
2 of 10 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member NickyMc
The personal announcement...as you enter the atrium is a nice touch…you walk through their gauntlet of applauding crew members.
Jewel of the Seas
3 of 10 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member yagoelen
Embarkation was a breeze, as was the entire first day...Since people boarded throughout the day, nothing was overcrowded at any one time. Perfect!!
Brilliance of the Seas
4 of 10 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member bigsis1126
The embarkation and disembarkation process has been streamlined from the early cruising days and it has become a breeze.
Disney Fantasy
5 of 10 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member creativegenius
Within 15 minutes of arriving at the port we were all checked in and my wife and daughter lined up to meet Mickey…
Harmony of the Seas
6 of 10 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member PerMag
Embarkation was remarkably smooth and efficient for such a large ship, on boarding lots of cafe choices to eat, sandwiches all tasty and fresh.
Celebrity Summit
7 of 10 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member Tobias10
Sailing out of San Juan was nice. Very easy embarkation and our room was ready by 1 when we boarded.
Celebrity Silhouette
8 of 10 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member SailAwaySoon!
...walked right up...and were immediately allowed to get on board the ship. That is the fastest ever and we have been on about 27 cruises.
Grand Princess
9 of 10 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member funnyinthesunny
We had the easiest embarkation and disembarkation that we ever had. The new cruise terminal is a great improvement over the old one.
Freedom of the Seas
10 of 10 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member Leste86
Embarkation was great! We were on the ship within 15 minutes, then dropped off our bags and headed to the Windjammer for lunch.

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