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2019 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

Pacific Princess

1 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member ssbeagle

"Embarkation went very smoothly without a hint of a queue and in fact we were allowed on the ship earlier than expected."

Member Review: cnmoly


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Viking Sea

2 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

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"I experienced first-hand the care Viking takes in every detail to assure passenger comfort. Embarkation went so smoothly due to there being a huge number of staff at every turn to direct us and answer questions."

Member Review: SuzannePerreault

Paul Gauguin

3 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member Nicole G

"Sailing on the Paul Gauguin was the best cruise experience we have ever had. Not only were we pleased with how smooth the embarkation process was, we felt welcome from the moment we reached the dock."

Member Review: Mjlaw

Viking Sky

4 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member Bluffton Gal

"The embarkation process was outstanding, lasting no more than 5 minutes."

Member Review: OscarCanada

Silver Galapagos

5 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member Butterfly831

"Very well organized and we felt well cared for at every venue along the way."

Member Review: dgriffin155

Seven Seas Voyager

6 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member Beauxyeux

"The ship was spotless and embarkation and debarkation both ran like clockwork."

Member Review: Marin Traveller

Viking Star

7 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member twister46

"I was amazed at how quickly and efficiently the staff were able to get guests on and off the ship, for embarkation, excursions, and disembarkation."

Member Review: DMcK

Oosterdam

8 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member bigtee907

"Embarkation was a breeze, in terminal and on ship in about 20 minutes."

Member Review: moorerf

Regal Princess

9 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member kennicott

"There can't be a cruise line that does embarkation better than Princess."

Member Review: Lskravy

Coral Princess

10 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

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"Princess has both the embarkation and disembarkation dialed in. Despite the fact that there were probably close to 2,000 people on board, we did very little waiting."

Member Review: Seanmhar1

Zhao Shang Yi Dun (Viking Sun)

11 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member null

"The embarkation process was a breeze & the staff very welcoming & friendly."

Member Review: ChristinaDow

Harmony of the Seas

12 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member Tiffhunny01

"This was by far the easiest embarkation and disembarkation we have ever experienced. One would think that a large ship would have long lines, but rarely did we encounter a line or have to wait for something."

Member Review: deetampacruiser

Symphony of the Seas

13 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member mitooki

"Embarkation was quite simply the easiest, quickest we’d ever experienced! From taxi to walking on the ship: 12 minutes! Royal has this down!"

Member Review: travelfreak

Marella Explorer

14 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member swamp snake

"Embarkation was smooth and quickly done. The staff were very helpful and we were soon in our cabin, with cabin stewards greeting us. Our luggage was delivered within 30 mins."

Member Review: Handyhandy

Viking Orion

15 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member cparkan

"Embarkation process went very smoothly and we were on ship within minutes of arriving at dock."

Member Review: Lovecriusing

Allure of the Seas

16 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

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"Embarkation was the fastest we'd ever experienced. From the time we got out of the Uber to the time we walked on the ship was about 15 minutes. Everything was very organized and Royal Caribbean's new terminal was spacious and worked great."

Member Review: mattb31

Celebrity Edge

17 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member Don and Char

"Embarkation was a snap. We had downloaded the app; we had taken and added our own photos at home when we did online check-in; and key cards are waiting for you outside your cabin!"

Member Review: May B

Grand Princess

18 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member Funny in the sunny1

"Princess embarkation is expertly orchestrated."

Member Review: Z0nker

Ruby Princess

19 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

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"Embarkation was done very smoothly. Everyone has a specific boarding time. The cruise staff handles all your luggage and delivers them right to your cabin."

Member Review: Todd Miller

Riviera

20 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member ThurstonBow

"Embarkation went very well. Quick, organized, efficient and we were able to board earlier than anticipated, which was nice."

Member Review: peoplewhoneedpeople

Silver Whisper

21 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member la mela

"The embarkation and disembarkation was the smoothest I've ever experienced. It was well organized, had little/no queues, and plenty of staff to assist."

Member Review: Jwo27

Explorer of the Seas

22 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member brettandciel

"This is my second time on this ship and I would go again. Embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze, no waiting."

Member Review: Marie Green

Grandeur of the Seas

23 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

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"Fastest embarkation and debarkation EVER!! Wow. Walk on, walk off...that simple."

Member Review: cruiselover420

Celebrity Equinox

24 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member Helen Ray

"Embarkation was a super fast, as soon you walk on the ship they greet you with a glass of bubbles, nice touch."

Member Review: Maniapure

Seabourn Encore

25 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

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"A word on embarkation… The rooms were announced as ready shortly before 2PM. Luggage arrived promptly. In other words, this was as it should be, and virtually stress-free. It was the sign of a well-run operation, so kudos to them!"

Member Review: ON cruiser

Carnival Inspiration

26 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

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"The embarkation experience went pretty smooth - especially with the Faster to the Fun package with an appointment time. I think we made it on board in record time, I'd be surprised if it took 20 minutes from the time we walked into the cruise center until we put our carry ons in our cabin."

Member Review: DeanRiggs1976

Silver Muse

27 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member nenadiver

"I can't say enough about how Silversea handled everything from pre-embarkation and post disembarkation was utterly amazing. They make one feel like royalty and truly cared for."

Member Review: debbiekeenanwashere

Azamara Quest

28 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

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"Embarkation/disembarkation at ports ran very smoothly with little or no waiting time."

Member Review: go2maui

Maasdam

29 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member traelee01

"Embarkation was the easiest I've ever experienced."

Member Review: floridanative1

Wind Spirit

30 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member CLCruzer

"Embarkation and disembarkation were both very quick & easy."

Member Review: CLCruzer

Veendam

31 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member lmz2005

"We arrived at the terminal about 12:15pm and the embarkation process went quickly - the HAL employees were pleasant and personable – we were on the ship in maybe 30 minutes. All 3 pieces of our luggage arrived shortly after boarding."

Member Review: jsmac3

Silver Shadow

32 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member Aslater

"Getting on and off the boat was effortless. We were able to register to the boat and get to our room in about 10 minutes."

Member Review: osceola84

Marella Celebration

33 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member Claphaml

"Embarkation was very well organized and it didn't take long before we had the key to our cabin."

Member Review: Cornethead

Zuiderdam

34 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member SWeaster

"Overall, staff and crew on the MS Zuiderdam were very organized, efficient, friendly and courteous. The embarkation and disembarkation were systematic and well controlled."

Member Review: Barfly60

Marella Dream

35 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Photo by Cruise Critic member Rach1987

"The embarkation and disembarkation was the best we have ever had in the past."

Member Review: danielannyoung


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