Cruise Ship Passenger Capacity

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By ,   November 26, 2015 ,   Ships and Lines

View cruise ship ratings and learn what is average/normal and max cruise ship passenger capacity. Cruise ships capacity (passengers and crew/hotel staff) and space ratios of the world's most famous ships are sorted alphabetically by the names of their owners (companies, lines and operators) according to the official cruise ship data.

Most online travel media publish ship ratings based on onboard amenities (dining / entertainment), itineraries / destinations, special / unique facilities and experiences. Some ratings are based on website visitotrs' feedbacks and conducted polls. However, while the latter ratings could by easily manipulated, "expert review" based ratings could be only suggestive as top-rated will be always the largest liners and the newest vessels.

Cruise Ship Passenger Capacity - CruiseMapper

Cruise Ship Capacity

The "full" cruise ship passenger capacity is based on double occupancy (2 guests per cabin). The cabin's capacity varies according to stateroom's type, category, and also by line and ship. A standard passenger ship cabin usually accommodates 2 or 3 guests, but there are some "smaller" and "bigger" exceptions.

Our survey also includes smaller ships (under 500 passengers), and some ships are intentionally omitted from the big table to be included in the small one (about passenger capacity of top luxury cruise ships, with emphasis made on their highest guests-to-crew ratio. If searching for a particular vessel, use the Ctrl+F key combination and type the name in the search box. Good to know things:

  • ships will sail at varying capacities depending on itinerary and season.
  • the average cruise ship passenger capacity is around 3,000 guests for ocean liners and around 150 guests for bigger river cruise ships.
  • the largest cruise ship passenger capacity is 5,412 (at double occupancy) and 6,318 max capacity if all berths are occupied. And, of course, these big numbers are part of the specifications of the first in the list of the biggest cruise ships in the world - the Oasis ship of Royal Caribbean International.
  • Single cruise cabins (called also "studios", or "solo cabins"), though rarely available, offer some of the cheapest rates for solo travelers by avoiding the double occupancy policy of all the major cruise ship companies, with the range of single supplement rates being between 50 and 100% (depending on line and ship).
  • Family suite cruise accommodations generally have the biggest passenger capacity (up to 6 guests) and are some of the most expensive cabin categories (again, not available on all ships). Cheap suites are available on most Carnival, Royal Caribbean, MSC and Costa ships.

Max (largest) passenger capacity of a cruise ship would signify this ideal financial situation, when all the berths, plus all upper and lower bunks, "Pullman" beds and single and double sofa beds (available in types and numbers according to the ship's cabin grades) are all occupied by the most numerous crowd the ship can ever gather on board. However, on most of the sailings, even the full-ship capacity (at double occupancy level) is not reached. Which automatically opens the "big ships doors" for great deals, like kids sail for free, buy one get one free, free cabin upgrades, bonus amenities, and also huge price discounts on luxury cruise deals. For more info you can read our survey on unsold cruise cabins/cheap cruise upgrades.

Cruise passengers-to-space ratio

The ship's "space ratio" (by definition) is the enclosed space (measured in ft3/cubic feet) per passenger. A ship of 45,000 GT (gross tonnage) with capacity 1,000 passengers will have a space ratio 45 (or 45ft3=45000/1000). So if your ship has generally smaller cabins but very large public spaces, she will have a higher space ratio, and the higher the space ratio number, the more guests will enjoy a sense of spaciousness on board.

Average/max cruise passenger capacity

AIDA Cruises ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
AIDAaura1266 - 130041833
AIDAbella2050 - 250058734
AIDAblu2192 - 250060733
AIDAcara1180 - 133936033
AIDAdiva2050 - 250058734
AIDAluna2050 - 250058734
AIDAmar2194 - 268660933
AIDAmira1248 - 149867032
AIDAmira1248 - 149867032
AIDAnova5200 - 6600150028
AIDAperla3286 - 340090038
AIDAprima3286 - 340090038
AIDAsol2194 - 268660933
AIDAstella2194 - 270060933
AIDAvita1266 - 158238433

Azamara Cruises ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Azamara Journey710 - 78140839
Azamara Pursuit680 - 74840040
Azamara Quest710 - 78140839

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Grand Celebration1502 - 189667032
Grand Classica1308 - 157065034

Carnival Cruise Line ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Carnival Breeze3690 - 4428138629
Carnival Conquest2984 - 3581115031
Carnival Dream3626 - 4533136929
Carnival Ecstasy2056 - 246792029
Carnival Elation2128 - 255498028
Carnival Fantasy2056 - 246798029
Carnival Fascination2052 - 246298029
Carnival Freedom2984 - 3581115031
Carnival Glory2984 - 3581115031
Carnival Horizon3930 - 4716145028
Carnival Imagination2052 - 246298029
Carnival Inspiration2052 - 246298029
Carnival Legend2124 - 254996134
Carnival Liberty2978 - 3574115031
Carnival Magic3690 - 4428138629
Carnival Miracle2124 - 254996134
Carnival Panorama3930 - 4716145028 
Carnival Paradise2204 - 266898028
Carnival Pride2124 - 254996134
Carnival Sensation2056 - 246798029
Carnival Spirit2124 - 254996134
Carnival Splendor3016 - 3619115031
Carnival Sunshine3012 - 3765115027
Carnival Sunrise (Triumph)2984 - 3730111027
Carnival Valor2984 - 3581115031
Carnival Victory2774 - 3329104030
Carnival Vista3930 - 4716145028

Celebrity Cruises ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Celebrity Apex2918 - 3373132038
Celebrity Constellation2130 - 255699735
Celebrity Eclipse2850 - 3420100036
Celebrity Edge2918 - 3521137737
Celebrity Equinox2850 - 3420100036
Celebrity Infinity2170 - 260499735
Celebrity Millennium2158 - 259099735
Celebrity Reflection3046 - 3655100034
Celebrity Silhouette2886 - 3463100035
Celebrity Solstice2850 - 3420100036
Celebrity Summit2158 - 259099735
Celebrity Xpedition98 - 1184824

Celestyal Cruises ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Celestyal Crystal1200 - 145240627
Celestyal Majesty1462 - 197060028
Celestyal Nefeli800 - 107434021
Celestyal Olympia1611 - 166454026
Louis Aura828 - 89540017

Ponant Cruises ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
L'Austral224 - 26413654
Le Boreal224 - 26413954
Le Bougainville92 - 18411054
Le Champlain92 - 18411054
Le Dumont d'Urville92 - 18411054
Le Laperouse92 - 18411054
Le Lyrial224 - 26413954
Le Ponant64 - 673223
Le Soleal224 - 26413954

Costa Cruises ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Costa Atlantica2210 - 265290232
Costa Concordia (sank in 2012)3000 - 3600110031
Costa Deliziosa2260 - 2712105034
Costa Diadema3772 - 4526125329
Costa Fascinosa3014 - 3617110032
Costa Favolosa3014 - 3617110032
Costa Fortuna2698 - 3250106831
Costa Luminosa2260 - 2712105034
Costa Magica2698 - 3250106832
Costa Mediterranea2114 - 253792034
Costa neoRomantica1578 - 189465030
Costa Pacifica3014 - 3617110032
Costa Serena3014 - 3617106832
Costa Smeralda5200 - 6518168228
Costa Venezia4232 - 5260127826
Costa Victoria1928 - 231482032

Cruise and Maritime Voyages ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Astor600 - 65030032
Astoria550 - 60020030
Columbus1546 - 185570034
Magellan1250 - 145266037
Marco Polo800 - 85035628

Crystal Cruises ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Crystal Endeavor100 - 200200125
Crystal Esprit62 - 719147
Crystal Serenity1090 - 125463554
Crystal Symphony904 - 104053049

Cunard ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Queen Elizabeth2077 - 250390036
Queen Mary 22726 - 3271125345
Queen Victoria2074 - 248990036

Disney Cruise Line ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Disney Dream2500 - 3500145837
Disney Fantasy2500 - 3500145837
Disney Magic1754 - 245694734
Disney Wonder1754 - 245694734

(Genting) Dream Cruises ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Genting Dream3376 - 3400200045
World Dream3376 - 3400200045

Fred Olsen ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Balmoral1350 - 142051029
Black Watch804 - 84633033
Boudicca880 - 92432932
Braemar929 - 97037025

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Hanseatic17512543
Hanseatic Inspiration199 - 23017068
Hanseatic Nature199 - 23017068
ms Bremen15510037
ms Europa40828564
ms Europa 2251 - 51637077

Holland America ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
ms Amsterdam1380 - 165664738
ms Eurodam2104 - 252592934
ms Koningsdam2650 - 3194102531
ms Maasdam1258 - 151058837
ms Nieuw Amsterdam2106 - 252792934
ms Nieuw Statendam2650 - 3194102531
ms Noordam1972 - 236682035
ms Oosterdam2024 - 242981734
ms Prinsendam838 - 100647038
ms Rotterdam1404 - 168562037
ms Veendam1350 - 162058835
ms Volendam1432 - 171864736
ms Westerdam1968 - 236281735
ms Zaandam1432 - 171864736
ms Zuiderdam1970 - 236481735

Hurtigruten ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
MS Finnmarken100015024
MS Fram3187544
MS Fridtjof Nansen600tbatba
MS Kong Harald6227023
MS Lofoten3404018
MS Midnatsol10007524
MS Nordkapp6227633
MS Nordlys6227023
MS Nordnorge6237033
MS Nordstjernen3004020
MS Polarlys6197025
MS Richard With6237023
MS Roald Amundsen600tbatba
MS Spitsbergen3208035
MS Trollfjord8227523
MS Vesteralen5105020

National Geographic - Lindblad ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
National Geographic Endeavour96 - 1126424
National Geographic Endeavour II96 - 966422
National Geographic Explorer148 - 1627041
National Geographic Islander48 - 502725
National Geographic Orion102 - 1067538
National Geographic Quest50 - 1003529
National Geographic Sea Bird62 - 70249
National Geographic Sea Lion62 - 70249
National Geographic Venture50 - 1003529

Thomson / Marella Cruises ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Marella Celebration1262 - 135052027
Marella Discovery1830 - 207476036
Marella Discovery 21832 - 219873531
Marella Dream1533 - 177360036
Marella Explorer1924 - 268190040
Thomson Spirit1254 - 135052025

MSC Cruises ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
MSC Armonia1950 - 234072128
MSC Bellissima4488 - 5386140031
MSC Divina3502 - 4202138833
MSC Fantasia3274 - 3929163735
MSC Grandiosa4888 - 6334170028
MSC Lirica1976 - 237172128
MSC Magnifica2506 - 3007103832
MSC Meraviglia4488 - 5386140031
MSC Musica2550 - 3060101430
MSC Opera2142 - 257072826
MSC Orchestra2550 - 3060105430
MSC Poesia2550 - 3060103930
MSC Preziosa3502 - 4378138832
MSC Seaside4134 - 4961141331
MSC Seaview4134 - 4961141331
MSC Sinfonia1950 - 234072128
MSC Splendida3274 - 3929137035
MSC Virtuosa4888 - 6334170028

NCL Norwegian Cruise Line ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Norwegian Bliss4004 - 4903173134
Norwegian Breakaway3957 - 4819159530
Norwegian Dawn2340 - 2808101033
Norwegian Epic4228 - 5074140431
Norwegian Encore4266 - 5218173132
Norwegian Escape4266 - 5218173132
Norwegian Gem2394 - 2873101033
Norwegian Getaway3957 - 4819164030
Norwegian Jade2402 - 2882110032
Norwegian Jewel2388 - 2866110033
Norwegian Joy3850 - 4620173136
Norwegian Pearl2394 - 2873115433
Norwegian Sky2004 - 240584732
Norwegian Spirit2012 - 2414112531
Norwegian Star2344 - 2813108433
Norwegian Sun1936 - 232384734
Pride of America2192 - 263080031

Oceania Cruises ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Oceania Insignia698 - 80337238
Oceania Marina1258 - 144780046
Oceania Nautica698 - 80337238
Oceania Regatta698 - 80337238
Oceania Riviera1258 - 144780046
Oceania Sirena698 - 80337538

P&O Cruises (UK and Australia) ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Arcadia1904 - 190488044
Aurora1882 - 225885034
Azura3096 - 3737122631
Britannia3645 - 4406135033
Iona5200 - 6600150026
Oceana2016 - 241987032
Oriana1882 - 188280037
Ventura3106 - 3727122631
Pacific Aria1260 - 151255837
Pacific Dawn1596 - 191566037
Pacific Eden1260 - 151258837
Pacific Explorer1996 - 239592432
Pacific Jewel1674 - 200962135

Phoenix Reisen ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Albatros812 - 83034035
Amadea508 - 62428046
Artania1188 - 126053737
MS Deutschland520 - 63628037

Princess Cruises ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Caribbean Princess3138 - 3766120030
Coral Princess2000 - 240089538
Crown Princess3062 - 3674120031
Diamond Princess2706 - 3247110036
Emerald Princess3066 - 3679120031
Enchanted Princess3668 - 4402135032
Golden Princess2632 - 3158110034
Grand Princess2602 - 3122115034
Island Princess2214 - 265790035
Majestic Princess3560 - 4272135033
Pacific Princess670 - 80437338
Regal Princess3560 - 4272135033
Royal Princess3560 - 4272135033
Ruby Princess3060 - 3672120031
Sapphire Princess2678 - 3214110036
Sea Princess2014 - 241791032
Sky Princess3668 - 4402135032
Star Princess2596 - 3115110035
Sun Princess2016 - 241992432

Pullmantur ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Pullmantur Horizon1506 - 182862034
Pullmantur Monarch2733 - 275282231
Pullmantur Sovereign2733 - 285282031
Pullmantur Zenith1440 - 182862034

Quark Expeditions ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Island Sky108 - 1187036
MV Sea Spirit60 - 1207235
Ocean Adventurer118 - 1328747
Ocean Atlantic132 - 19814065
Ocean Diamond113 - 25110637
Ocean Endeavour300 - 45012464
Ocean Nova68 - 783822
World Explorer86 - 17612553

RSSC Regent Seven Seas Cruises ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Seven Seas Explorer754 - 82954268
Seven Seas Mariner708 - 77944060
Seven Seas Navigator506 - 55731551
Seven Seas Splendor754 - 82954268
Seven Seas Voyager706 - 77744763

Royal Caribbean ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Adventure Of The Seas3382 - 4058118034
Allure Of The Seas5490 - 6314215036
Anthem of the Seas4168 - 4825130035
Brilliance Of The Seas2150 - 258085835
Empress Of The Seas1592 - 191067125
Enchantment Of The Seas2288 - 274677030
Explorer Of The Seas3282 - 3938118035
Freedom Of The Seas3784 - 4541136034
Grandeur Of The Seas1994 - 239377031
Harmony Of The Seas5475 - 6314239436
Independence Of The Seas3630 - 4356136035
Jewel Of The Seas2144 - 257385935
Liberty Of The Seas3630 - 4356136035
Majesty Of The Seas2386 - 286382226
Mariner Of The Seas3334 - 4001121335
Navigator Of The Seas3272 - 3926121336
Oasis Of The Seas5484 - 6307215036
Ovation Of The Seas4162 - 4819130035
Passion Of The SeasQuantum-Plustbatba
Pulse Of The SeasQuantum-Plustbatba
Quantum Of The Seas4162 - 4819130035
Radiance Of The Seas2122 - 254685835
Rhapsody Of The Seas2026 - 243176532
Serenade Of The Seas2150 - 258085935
Spectrum Of The Seas4246 - 4819155035
Vision Of The Seas2036 - 244376532
Voyager Of The Seas3282 - 3938118035

Saga Cruises ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Saga Pearl II446 - 51225236
Saga Sapphire706 - 74841545
Spirit of Adventure99953056
Spirit Of Discovery99953056

Seabourn Cruises ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Seabourn Encore532 - 63833063
Seabourn Odyssey450 - 54033060
Seabourn Ovation532 - 63833063
Seabourn Quest450 - 54033060
Seabourn Sojourn450 - 54033060

SeaDream yachts capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
SeaDream I94 - 11210039
SeaDream II94 - 11210039

Scenic Cruises ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Scenic Eclipse114 - 22817272
Scenic Eclipse II114 - 22817272

Silversea Cruises ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Silver Cloud252 - 30221756
Silver Discoverer128 - 1547034
Silver Explorer144 - 17311135
Silver Galapagos100 - 1207534
Silver Moon576 - 69140859
Silver Muse576 - 69140859
Silver Shadow388 - 46629561
Silver Spirit540 - 64837656
Silver Whisper388 - 46629561
Silver Wind296 - 35519748

Small Cruise Lines ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Aegean Paradise648 - 72025032
Americana108 - 1384522
Amusement World946 - 130045010
Aranui 3200 - 2086435
Aranui 5206 - 2566445
Asuka 2872 - 96054552
Caledonian Sky1147537
Chinese Taishan83292729
Club Med 2372 - 38621438
Funchal480 - 52415520
Galapagos Legend100 - 1105537
Golden Iris800 - 95935020
Greg Mortimertbatbatba
Hebridean Sky114 - 1207236
Knyaz Vladimir720 - 77032512
Leisure World580 - 85025018
Lisboa576 - 64022530
Magellan Explorer10060 49
MS Adriana308 - 3508013
MS Berlin412 - 42018023
MS Birka Stockholm1800 - 200020017
MS Hamburg394 - 42017038
MS Qing1064 - 155053028
MS Serenissima110 - 1185026
ms The World150 - 200280216
mv Aegean Odyssey378 - 39618031
MV Glory Sea83823030
MV Hondius180 - 1967632
mv Minerva320 - 39416036
MV Ortelius100 - 1165246
MV Plancius106 - 1164729
MV Reef Endeavour140 - 1505021
MV Stella Australis100 - 2106221
MV Ventus Australis100 - 2106221
Oasia655 - 76638037
Ocean Dream1340 - 142255026
Ocean Gala1544 - 176054023
Ocean Majesty548 - 62125719
Oriental Dragon542 - 60035023
Pacific Venus680 - 72022032
Paul Gauguin320 - 35219954
Pearl Mist210 - 2166524
Porto324 - 37220016
Rex Fortune460 - 51220019
RMS St Helena128 - 1565643
Royal Clipper224 - 22410622
SkySea Golden Era1808 - 181484332
Star Clipper170 - 1707214
Star Flyer170 - 1707214
Vidanta Alegria54021528

(Genting) Star Cruises ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Star Pisces1552 - 190075040
SuperStar Aquarius1750 - 215070032
SuperStar Gemini1750 - 215070032
SuperStar Libra1480 - 150074028
SuperStar Virgo1974 - 2800130038

TUI Cruises ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Mein Schiff 1tba1000tba
Mein Schiff 21912 - 266978040
Mein Schiff 32506 - 2700100040
Mein Schiff 42506 - 2700100040
Mein Schiff 52534 - 2700100040
Mein Schiff 62534 - 2700100040

Viking Ocean Cruises ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Viking Jupiter92846552
Viking Orion92846552
Viking Sea92846552
Viking Sky92846552
Viking Star92846552
Viking Sun92846552

Windstar Cruises ships capacity

Vessel NamePassengers (Min - Max)CrewPassengers-to-Space-Ratio
Star Breeze212 - 25414039
Star Legend212 - 25414039
Star Pride212 - 25414039
Wind Spirit148 - 1788432
Wind Star148 - 1788432
Wind Surf312 - 37417839

Cruise Ship Ratings

  • 0 (or no Stars) doesn't mean the ship is the worst ever, but not yet rated.
  • "Specialty" means usually a smaller ship offering deals on adventure or expedition cruises. Emphasis on itinerary/destination and unique experiences rather than onboard services/amenities/activities. Cabins are modest (as sizes and amenities), but also comfortable.
  • 3 Stars means "Contemporary" and big resort-like experiences on bigger ships with a multi-generational clientele, a huge variety of family and kids programs, at least 2 swimming pools, huge fitness/spa centers, distinct nightlife (clubs, a casino, deck parties), several dining options. Cabins range from cozy Inside to large family suites and many connecting/adjoining rooms. Itineraries from 3 to 7-night in length (repeating, round-trip) leaving from big and popular ports.
  • 4 Stars means a "Premium" product, medium-sized ships with higher guest to crew ratios compared to similar sized mainstream ships. The onboard experience - fewer kids, larger than average cabins with upgraded (luxurious) amenities, high-level of service, dining and entertainment, extensive enrichment programs, a luxury spa, longer itineraries (from 7 to 14 and even 21-night in length).
  • 5 Stars means a "Deluxe" product, from medium-size to small cruise ships with deluxe staterooms, bedding and cabin amenities, impeccable service, multiple specialty (gourmet) dining options, also less entertainment and onboard activities. The itinerary is mostly port-intensive, and longer than 10 nights, with deals on back-to-back cruises.
  • 6 Stars means "Best Luxury" on small ships, intimate cruising experiences, highest guest-to-crew ratios (fewer guests). These are mostly ships with all-inclusive cruise deals - gratuities and beverages (often alcohol) and gourmet (specialty restaurant) dining are all included in the fares (often with shore excursions and tours), spacious staterooms and public spaces, highest level of service. Many of these are all-suite ships (with different category suites). Port-intensive itineraries and exotic destinations, often offering Around the World Cruises deals.

All cruise ship ratings are based on CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) categorizations, and reviews from "WMPH Vacations" (iCruise, AlaskaCruises, EuropeCruises, HawaiiCruiseOutlet, RegentCruises and CruiseCheap) specialists and advisors. Cruise ratings also may vary on ships age, sizes, cabins/venues/amenities, passenger feedback, etc.

Besides CLIA and WMPH, other cruise vessel rating sources are Berlitz Guide, Fieldings Guide, Sterns Guide, CruiseCritic, CruiseReviews and CruiseMates.

Cruise ship star ratings meaning

  • 5,5 stars rating - a top luxury cruising, impeccable and highly personalized service, finest quality food & amenities; attention to detail, perfect maintenance, spacious accommodations, gourmet cuisine, highest level of service, authentic furnishings, top of the line fitness & spa facilities.
  • 5 stars rating - a highest level of food/service in a premium cruising market, high quality meals, attentive service, well equipped staterooms (not necessarily large), list of cabin amenities includes bathrobes; butler service, public spaces are with beautiful decors.
  • 4,5 stars rating - friendly decor, good maintenance, full range of onboard activities.
  • 4 stars rating - best overall experience, above average food & service, satisfactory entertainment.
  • 3,5 stars rating - an average overall experience, very small to large accommodations, good service, delicious food, kids facilities without dedicated areas, mediocre entertainment.
  • 3 stars rating - modest experience on an older cruise ship, may not have balcony cabins, mediocre food & lack of proper service, expect interesting destinations/itineraries.
  • 2 stars rating - the ship is comparable to a low-budget hotel, a major refurbishment needed for refit and renovation of public areas and staterooms, lousy service (the staff will only supply the most basic service), itineraries with little or no popular (cheap charging) ports of call.