Gold Award: Royal Caribbean International Silver Award: Disney Cruise Line Bronze Award: Carnival Cruises
Royal Caribbean International wins this one with ships that offer unheard-of-at-sea diversions like zip lines, Flowrider surfing simulators, and even a full-sized bumper car arena aboard Quantum of the Seas. Much as we hate to admit it, the bumper cars are pretty fun.
Disney Cruise Line is a close second. The line offers up first-run Disney movies, character breakfasts, trivia, animation classes, and even a Disney version of the Oscars, complete with red carpet rollout.
The Fun Ships of Carnival Cruises shines when it comes to activities, which can range from morning yoga to belly-flop contests. On sea days, we’ve counted nearly 100 individual activities from dawn until dusk. On its longer Carnival Journeys voyages, the line even offers a Throwback Sea Day designed to replicate the cruising experience way back in 1987. Fish out your Heart cassette tapes and get ready for some Baked Alaska.