5 Best Cruise Critic Ships

Britannia was named by HM The Queen on March 10, 2015, in a glittering ceremony in Southampton. The Queen last named a P&O Cruises’ ship almost 20 years ago – the 1,800-passenger Oriana – then the largest ship in the fleet, which ushered in a new era of modern UK cruising.

Marella Dream. The 1,533-passenger, 54,763-tonne Marella Dream joined the Marella (then Thomson) fleet in 2010 and is one of the line’s oldest ships – alongside Celebration – at 34 years old. For the most part the ship feels elegant, with a traditional ambiance. This is especially true on Deck 8 where most of the ship’s public spaces can be found and on the Promenade Deck, where teak doors and brass-rimmed portholes create a timeless look rarely found on new ships of today.

Norwegian Epic. With so much going on, Norwegian Epic is a cruise ship with broad appeal. The ship was one of the first at sea to be referred to as Las Vegas-esque and it’s no wonder. With more than a dozen restaurants, shows that range from Broadway to The Beatles, an active casino and outdoor attractions that include water slides and rock climbing walls, there’s enough to keep cruisers busy from sunup to well past sundown.

Celebrity Silhouette. More energetic and with more extra-fee attractions than its three Solstice-class predecessors, the 122,400-ton, 2,886-passenger Celebrity Silhouette debuted in July 2011 as the fourth of five ships in the now-iconic series. The Solstice signatures – a stable of themed dining venues, a public hub that smells of waffles, a strikingly green and grass-covered deck space, the use of glass and marble throughout – are all there. But Silhouette also reflects a handful of significant modifications to the blueprint.

Magellan. In 1985 Magellan started life as ‘Carnival Holiday’ with Carnival Cruise Line. It went on to join Ibero Cruise in 2009 and was renamed ‘Grand Holiday.’ After joining Cruise & Maritime Voyages in March 2015, the vessel entered service as Magellan after a refurbishment which included being re-liveried, and the addition of a new library, bridge and card room, and a modern aft deck relaxation area. Magellan is the flagship of the Cruise & Maritime fleet and like sister ships Marco Polo and the Azores, operates as an adult-only ship.

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