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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

Regal Princess

1 of 10 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

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

Member Review: Lskravy


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Harmony of the Seas

2 of 10 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

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"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

3 of 10 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

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"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

Allure of the Seas

4 of 10 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

5 of 10 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

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"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

6 of 10 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

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"Princess embarkation is expertly orchestrated."

Member Review: Z0nker

Ruby Princess

7 of 10 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

Explorer of the Seas

8 of 10 Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation

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"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

Celebrity Equinox

9 of 10 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

Carnival Inspiration

10 of 10 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


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