Best cruise lines for First Timers

The best cruise lines for first timers as ranked by verified reviews submitted over the past 12 months. This list is continuously updated as we receive new reviews from our members, so be sure to check back often! Note, a minimum of 40 reviews are required to be part of this list.

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Carnival Cruise Lines

Category: Mainstream
Ship size: L, XL
4.0
641 Reviews Ratings
Carnival Cruise Lines

First time cruisers might just get hooked on cruising due to the fun, energetic atmosphere on Carnival. No matter the age, no one will be bored with the amount of activities, entertainment, restaurants, and amenities that can be found onboard. Carnival is also known for having exceptionally friendly and helpful crew members, which adds to the cruising experience overall.

Cruises from $149

Celebrity Cruises

Category: Mainstream
Ship size: S, M, L, XL
4.0
43 Reviews Ratings
Celebrity Cruises

First-time cruisers on Celebrity will be delighted with the upscale experience, beautifully appointed stateroom and public areas, as well as the variety onboard activities ranging from educational to playful. Exceptional service and dining options abound from outdoor dining at the Lawn Club to Le Petit Chef™, one of the most unique dining experiences on land or sea.

Cruises from $240

Disney Cruise Line

Category: Mainstream
Ship size: M, L, XL
4.0
40 Reviews Ratings
Disney Cruise Line

For a first cruise, Disney Cruise Line would set the bar high! The onboard service rivals that which you would find on a luxury cruise and, as expected from Disney, entertainment is exceptional. The ships are mid-sized, not too small that there isn’t much to do, but not so big that you have to walk a mile back to your cabin — a perfect introduction to cruising.

Cruises from $706

Holland America Line

Category: Mainstream
Ship size: M, L, XL
4.0
40 Reviews Ratings
Holland America Line

Holland America Line is a great option for new sailors to be introduced to cruising with its spacious, mid-sized ships offering many activities and dining choices without feeling overwhelmed. Classically appointed ships run by an attentive, hospitable crew offer cruise newcomers an unforgettable and enriching travel experience.

Cruises from $349

Norwegian Cruise Line

Category: Mainstream
Ship size: M, L, XL
4.0
133 Reviews Ratings
Norwegian Cruise Line

First-time cruisers will be pleasantly surprised by all that cruising can offer after an experience with Norwegian. A large range of restaurants, activities, and amenities mean there’s truly something for everyone. From adults-only sundecks, the spa with thermal suite, and dedicated kids’ clubs, new cruisers will be impressed by all the things that can fit on one ship.

Cruises from $209

Princess Cruises

Category: Mainstream
Ship size: S, M, L, XL
4.0
57 Reviews Ratings
Princess Cruises

First timers will find the relaxed, refined side of large ship cruising on a Princess voyage. New cruisers are sure to be impressed with the quality and variety of dining options onboard, as well as the entertainment, activities, expansive spa, and adults-only Sanctuary sundeck. Princess is known for their outdoor Movies Under the Stars, which is sure to be a hit, too.

Cruises from $168

Royal Caribbean

Category: Mainstream
Ship size: L, XL
4.0
282 Reviews Ratings
Royal Caribbean

First-time cruisers will be in awe of both the size as well as the number of things to do onboard a Royal Caribbean ship. Royal’s newest ships come with so many onboard activities, entertainment, and dining options, you literally will not be able to experience all of it even during a single 7-night sailing.

Cruises from $180

MSC Cruises

Category: Mainstream
Ship size: M, L, XL
4.0
48 Reviews Ratings
MSC Cruises

First timers will be stunned by how elegant and grand cruise ship design can be after stepping onto an MSC ship — some vessels in the fleet even include glittering Swarovski crystal staircases. With all of the amenities you would expect on a cruise ship plus a variety of high-quality dining options, MSC is a great choice for someone who wants a European-style vacation.

Cruises from $149

P&O Cruises

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Ship size: M, XL
4.0
41 Reviews Ratings
P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises offers so many onboard experiences and globe-trotting itineraries that first-time cruisers are certain to be amazed. As the oldest cruise line in the world, the P&O brand (and it’s Union Jack emblazoned ships) make it recognizable to newcomers. Fares are not inclusive. However, tips are included, which makes things easier to understand for a first-timer.

Cruises from $