Most popular cruise ships

It’s been a fantastic few months for cruise, with many cruise lines introducing more additions to their fleet; new destinations being added to itineraries and extraordinary features to enjoy on-board your ship. Here are some of the most popular cruise ships – have you sailed on any of these?

Most popular cruise ships

With CLIA Cruise Lines International Association) announcing 18 new CLIA-member ocean ships for 2019 and even more in 2020, there are plenty of ships to pick from for your next cruise holiday, here are some of our favourites.

Independence of the Seas

Refurbished in 2018 and welcomed back to the UK, Independence of the Seas is a long-time favourite with UK cruisers. Her multi-million pound makeover revitalised her interiors as well as added exciting new activities and dining experiences such as the virtual reality SkyPad, laser tag, two brand new water slides and a new family-friendly water park, as well as an escape room and the chance to watch the Broadway musical, Grease on stage.

FlowRider on-board Independence of the Seas - Royal Caribbean

The ship heading to the Caribbean this year, where she will be one of the many Royal Caribbean ships to sail for the Bahamas to the cruise line’s exclusive island – Perfect Day at CocoCay.


Currently P&O Cruises’ flagship, Britannia is not only the largest ship in the fleet but also the most glamorous too, boasting a stunning atrium and sophisticated air of a 5* hotel on-board.

Britannia was built exclusively for British travellers and even features the largest Union Jack flag of its kind on her bow – measuring a huge 94 metres!

P&O Brittania - perfect for cruising from the UK

There are plenty of places to eat and drink, while accommodation types suit all travellers (from solo cruisers to large groups and families). There’s never a dull moment on-board as the ship is home to West End-style shows, dance classes and film screenings. As for relaxation, Britannia offers four swimming pools – one of which is adult-only – as well as several Jacuzzis, craft classes and daily activities. The kids’ club is also split into four age groups, meaning your little ones can enjoy making friends and taking part in the fun programme while you relax poolside!

Anthem of the Seas

Another contender from Royal Caribbean, Anthem of the Seas is a popular ship amongst UK cruisers. Offering family-fun and innovative features on-board, she is a great choice for anyone looking to set sail for adventure. Just a few of her unique features include the Bionic Bar, where a robot makes your cocktails, and the North Star, which takes you 300-feet above sea level for incredible views.

Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas - The innovative Bionic Bar

Other exciting facilities include the signature FlowRider surf simulator, 43-foot rock-climbing wall, adults-only Solarium and the We Will Rock You show, offering true British music history.As for food, you’ll find familiar British faces on-board at Jamie’s Italian (owned by chef Jamie Oliver). Here you can enjoy his tried and tested recipes while at sea!

Anthem of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas will be homeporting in the UK this year, for the first time since 2015! From May until October 2020, cruisers can set sail aboard this fantastic ship departing from Southampton to Europe, the Mediterranean and Scandinavia.

Celebrity Silhouette

Celebrity Cruises’ are also another top choice for UK cruisers, with Celebrity Silhouette a firm favourite. Not only does she offer ocean views in over 85% of the staterooms, but the ship boasts real grass in the Lawn Club and indulgent treatments at the Canyon Ranch Spa – she’s the ideal sanctuary for utter relaxation.

Celebrity Silhouette - Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Silhouette will also be undergoing an extensive refurbishment this year, where facilities such as The Retreat Sundeck and the Retreat Lounge, as well as new dining venues and accommodations will be introduced. The ship will be sailing from the UK until October, then again from April.


Another P&O Cruises’ ship which is a favourite with UK cruisers, Ventura is the perfect cruise ship for family fun. With four pools, a lavish two-deck theatre and great sports facilities, as well as fantastic shows, there is always something to do on-board.

P&O Cruises - Ventura

For a chance to relax and take a step back from the excitement, there is also a tranquil spa and many quiet places to unwind on-board. Head to The Exchange for a real ale in the charming bar, enjoy an indulgent dining experience with Afternoon Tea by Eric Lanlard or head to Sindhu for authentic Indian cuisine with a British twist.

Has your favourite cruise ship made the list? Which is in your top five? Let us know in the comments below!

Post updated 03/01/2020

Emma Smith
Emma has more than seven years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for nearly five years. She loves learning about new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Avalon Waterways and Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in her diary for 2024! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

2 Responses to “Most popular cruise ships”

  1. Pip

    Why do p and o not have a daily ‘friends of Bill W ‘meeting on their schedule? They are the only carnival line not to do so-all that’s needed is a venue and a listing in the ships paper for an hour !
    Members of the fellowship tend to be high earners and many will not travel on ships where there is no meeting availablilty! I have been on eg the emerald princess with 28 plus at the daily group -if there is any doubt about the demand for these facilities-have a look at Sober Cruises I have recently switched to Cunard who provide daily meetings for people in recovery (non restrictive )
    As meetings on p and o are subject to request (can take time to organise -hence turnout can be low(If any ) I would certainly cruise more often with p and o if they started to schedule regular meetings in the ship programe they would probably increase cruise uptake by up to 5 percent-following a change of policy on this issue at no cost to themselves-Any ideas how to raise the issue at the top of the Pand o managerial food l-chain?

    • Emma Smith

      Hi Pip, this is something you would need to speak to P&O Cruises directly with. It looks as though you can arrange spaces to meet on-board upon request and subject to availability with P&O Cruises, so I’d get in touch with them when you’re planning to spend time on-board. Thanks, Emma.


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