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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 Cruises for First Timers

Viking Sky

1 of 10 Best Cruises for First Timers

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"The hotel staff learned our names and used them since the first day ... We will return for another Viking cruise one day, for sure!"

Member Review: mariners_gurl1


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Viking Star

2 of 10 Best Cruises for First Timers

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"This was my first EVER cruise ... I don't know how any other cruise line could have done it better than Viking."

Member Review: shoxmix

Viking Sea

3 of 10 Best Cruises for First Timers

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"We chose this cruise because it would be a once in a lifetime experience ... This was an adventure we’ll never forget."

Member Review: Bojean1973

Celebrity Equinox

4 of 10 Best Cruises for First Timers

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"First time cruising, but absolutely not the last ... Everything went smoothly, from the booking to the debarkation."

Member Review: mikkelhansen

Carnival Dream

5 of 10 Best Cruises for First Timers

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"We loved everything about the ship ... this was a great first cruise for my new husband and I."

Member Review: erically

Allure of the Seas

6 of 10 Best Cruises for First Timers

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"We were recommended to try cruising and the first cruise line mentioned to us was Royal Caribbean. ... The food, the shows, the activities, the staff; it was all a fantastic experience."

Member Review: JoshHensley

Marella Discovery 2

7 of 10 Best Cruises for First Timers

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"While searching for a first cruise for my husband and I, I stumbled on Marella Discovery 2 ... Everything lived up to our expectations."

Member Review: lisaanddan

Celebrity Reflection

8 of 10 Best Cruises for First Timers

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"Fabulous ship ... I was so impressed with the cabins, pool areas, fitness area, buffet set-up, theaters, shops, specialty restaurants, promenade... "

Member Review: RWilbourn

Harmony of the Seas

9 of 10 Best Cruises for First Timers

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"Everything blew us away ... entertainment, food, and especially the attitude of the staff. You can tell that everyone onboard is excited to be here."

Member Review: rcfreak91

Oasis of the Seas

10 of 10 Best Cruises for First Timers

Photo by Cruise Critic member tamalero

"We highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend Royal Caribbean to everyone!!! This was our first cruise and honeymoon cruise and it was just extraordinarily fantastic!"

Member Review: Gigglebox1108


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