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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 Public Rooms

Viking Sky

1 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member F W E

"There are many, many different public spaces, each with a different purpose and/or ambiance, so that there was always someplace appropriate to go."

Member Review: cptcwk


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Viking Sea

2 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member rskilber

"The Viking Sea is a very nice, modern ship and Viking obviously did their homework before launching it. There are lots of nice public areas."

Member Review: caphilips

Zhao Shang Yi Dun (Viking Sun)

3 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member QuahogTiger

"The public spaces are well designed and there were always plenty of places to hang out without feeling crowded."

Member Review: KathyA

Viking Star

4 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member DMcK

"We appreciated the elegant design and construction, particularly of the public areas."

Member Review: peterm190

Viking Orion

5 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member Tonyl1951

"The ships public areas were beautiful; signage and directions done well ... and elevators and stairwells adequate for the number of users."

Member Review: 2Charlie

Crystal Symphony

6 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member Phonix cruiser

"The public rooms are beautifully furnished, the layout of the entire ship is excellent, the food is wonderful."

Member Review: jag33437

Seven Seas Explorer

7 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member boblerm

"No expense was spared in creating such a beautiful and luxurious ship. On first boarding you see the loving details of this ship. All public rooms are spacious and well appointed."

Member Review: zak477

Seven Seas Voyager

8 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member Tarwood3

"There were several public areas, a large lounge and balcony area at the rear of the ship, a reasonable sized theatre, and several other bars on various levels. Pure luxury on this ship."

Member Review: realisticus1

Celebrity Equinox

9 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member CCHelpMichell

"The public areas, halls, balconies, jogging court etc. were pristine."

Member Review: albeachrealtor

Seabourn Encore

10 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member ab21au

"The ship remains beautiful inside and out, with our suite, and all public areas immaculate. All areas just pristine with cleanliness and understated luxury. The most stunning ship I have sailed on to date."

Member Review: JoaoPortugal

Silver Galapagos

11 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member Silversea

"The ship is lovely. It holds around 100 guests ... The ship is set up just right - it never seems crowded."

Member Review: Butterfly83

Silver Muse

12 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member Tarwood31

"Muse is a very nice ship. The layout is easy, size was great for us with plenty of space and no lines."

Member Review: hypercafe

Celebrity Reflection

13 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member johhnnyt1

"This is the sexiest ship I’ve ever sailed on. Atrium extends from the main floor to the top of the ship, so natural light pours through the center of the ship. Decor is chic and the ship is spotlessly clean. Even public restrooms are always perfect."

Member Review: andernutz00

Harmony of the Seas

14 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member mmit0126

"The amazing part is that we never felt like there were around 5,999 shipmates on board. The ship's public areas are scattered about and 'break down' such large numbers of passengers."

Member Review: Btown cruiser

Queen Victoria

15 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member CheapIrish

"We found the public rooms spacious and well appointed. The theater/showroom is large enough to accommodate all of the passengers in the two shows each evening without reservations."

Member Review: fabricfran

Regal Princess

16 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member Don and Char1

"There is a real family atmosphere onboard that develops and increases as the cruise goes on. The amenities are second to none whether it be the staterooms, dining venues or public spaces for relaxing or entertainment."

Member Review: Savvyshopper2

Paul Gauguin

17 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member Mermaid14118337

"For a small ship, the Paul Gauguin had a little of everything the big ships have, even a small casino. What it did NOT have was a crowded feeling!"

Member Review: Humpbackgal

Disney Dream

18 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member Horizons1983

"We experienced the same magical moments that we had the first time we cruised with this ship. Public spaces were clean and looked just as ornate as before."

Member Review: bluedomino407

Celebrity Eclipse

19 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member Stevena54

"The public areas are well kept and people cleaning and caring for the ship was evident throughout the cruise."

Member Review: WeBcruisingMN

Allure of the Seas

20 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member gbosch78

"The bathrooms and public areas were always exceptionally clean and the staff were always friendly-greeting us with a smile everywhere we went."

Member Review: gbosch76

Symphony of the Seas

21 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member adametro

"Symphony was gorgeous and really felt like a brand new resort hotel. Public spaces were beautiful, it never really felt crowded."

Member Review: adametro

Riviera

22 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member Golferhhi

"Oceania is clearly focusing on ensuring the vessel is well maintained. All public areas were very clean. The crew was constantly cleaning and performing maintenance. Great to see this level of care and attention."

Member Review: Mike in AR

Nieuw Amsterdam

23 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member russianrex

"The Nieuw Amsterdam is tastefully decorated and immaculate. Public spaces are warm and inviting and look very luxurious without being gaudy."

Member Review: EeyoreRN

Oasis of the Seas

24 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member jmatechuk

"The public areas of the ship looked like a Vegas resort."

Member Review: HChase1

Wind Spirit

25 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member null

"The parts I love the best are the evenings. The sail away. The sails open and ahhhhh. So lovely. And the nights on the bow of the boat. The stars so bright and the moon on the water. Truly magical."

Member Review: Petoonya

Silver Cloud Expedition

26 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member Cruise Critic

"The Panorama lounge was the main daytime public space and along with the bar, worked well, and always room!"

Member Review: thecruiser2001

Grandeur of the Seas

27 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member Catsclaw

"I like the layout of the ship--it's small enough to be manageable but large enough to not feel claustrophobic. The public spaces are very comfortable."

Member Review: mister windu

Coral Princess

28 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member Beachiekeen1

"It was very clean with many nice public areas. Cleanliness on the ship was obviously a priority for Princess which was much appreciated by all those on board."

Member Review: brentlovett

Wind Surf

29 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member gymswim

"Lots of public spaces indoor and out. Never had to go hunting for a deck chair. The small pool deck aft was a great place to relax."

Member Review: Redtravel

Marina

30 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member macc

"Every inch of the ship was spotless, had beautifully decorated public rooms (including the bars), and was decorated with modern art (all over!!)"

Member Review: anemera

Zuiderdam

31 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member russianrex

"The interior looked brand-new. You coulda said the ship was 16 weeks old and I woulda believed it. It seemed everything was new - carpeting, furniture, facilities, new layouts of many public rooms."

Member Review: jawbreaker41

Marella Discovery

32 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member Jayrb582

"Onboard the public areas were clean and modern, plenty of seating and excellent service."

Member Review: rbarton22

Marella Dream

33 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member Marella

"All of the public areas are well decorated and comfortable…"

Member Review: antimacaser

Marella Explorer

34 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member Marella

"All the public rooms were light and welcoming and the ship was clean throughout."

Member Review: Emmandjay

Rotterdam

35 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Public Rooms

Photo by Cruise Critic member rotjeknor

"Lots of public areas to just enjoy the cruising experience as well as interesting ports."

Member Review: alohashar


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