Cruise lines are constantly building cruise ships that are bigger and better than anything that has been built before. Each cruise line adds its own style and unique attractions to distinguish its cruise ships from others in the industry.
There’s no limit to the amount of fun cruisers can get on a cruise ship these days. Even though everyone has slightly different ideas of what fun means to them, there’s sure to be something for everyone on board.
For example, Royal Caribbean is known for its onboard thrills, while Disney focuses on creating a magical and interactive family experience. Carnival Cruise Line aims to create the most fun and affordable vacations while Norwegian Cruise Line builds innovative, modern and state-of-the-art ships.
And don’t forget the newest cruise line on the scene, Virgin Voyages, which is the ultimate playground for adults and millennials.
While older cruise ships in a fleet can still offer amazing vacations, there’s something special about sailing the newest and best. Everything on board looks new and untouched – and the technology is always on the next level to elevate your onboard experience.
In our minds, nothing is more fun than sailing on the newest ship in a cruise line’s fleet. These new ships offer more fun than any other ship at sea; more often than not, newer cruise ships truly showcase the best of what the cruise line has to offer.
Here’s our list of the best fun cruise ships you can sail on right now!
1. Wonder of the Seas
Royal Caribbean launched its newest ship, Wonder of the Seas, in early 2022.
As part of its Oasis class, Wonder of the Seas is the largest cruise ship in the world. I would also say Wonder of the Seas is the most fun ship at sea considering how many thrills and onboard activities you can do.
Sailing round-trip from Orlando starting in November 2022, the cruise line describes Wonder of the Seas as Orlando’s best new family vacation. This massive ship is known for its larger-than-life adventures on board, including the highest slide at sea and dueling slides.
Adults can relax in the Solarium, which is Royal Caribbean’s adults-only space that includes lounge chairs, daybeds, and waterfall pools.
Wonder of the Seas also launched the most onboard restaurants of any Royal Caribbean ship, including the new Southern-inspired Mason Jar. Passengers can indulge in both specialty and complimentary meals throughout their cruise, providing plenty of dining options for everyone.
Royal Caribbean is known for its stellar entertainment and Wonder of the Seas is no different. Guests can enjoy a Broadway musical, AquaTheatre dive show, and ice skating show during their cruise.
From sunrise to sunset, you’ll have more fun than ever on Wonder of the Seas!
2. Norwegian Prima
The highly anticipated Norwegian Prima debuted in the summer of 2022 in Iceland. Prima was the first cruise ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest class of ships, the Prima Class. This class of cruise ship is destined to elevate all expectations – and Prima truly lives up to the hype!
Although it’s the newest ship in Norwegian’s fleet, it’s actually not the cruise line’s largest ship. Prima’s small size helps create a more intimate experience on board. In fact, the cruise line has announced that Prima will be more sleek, streamlined and modern than any cruise ship built before.
If indulging in the ultimate luxury experience is your idea of indulgence, look no further than Prima’s famous exclusive suite section called The Haven. This onboard suite experience includes spacious accommodations, 24-hour butler service, a private sundeck and concierge service.
Families will enjoy the biggest kart track at sea with 3 fun levels of twists and turns. Prima’s kart track is astonishingly 20% larger than any other kart track in Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet. Other activities include water slides, an outdoor play area, miniature golf and a host of other family activities on the upper deck.
Guests can also take advantage of Prima’s many infinity pools, trendy beach club, elegant promenade and innovative dining room. Onboard entertainment also includes a Broadway musical called “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” in a transformative entertainment venue that becomes a nightclub each night.
Foodie fun is out of this world when it comes to Prima’s first-ever outdoor food market called Indulge Food Hall. With 11 different culinary options, ranging from barbecue to noodles to tapas, you will certainly not go hungry on board Prima!
3. Mardi Gras Carnival
As we mentioned, Carnival Cruise Line is known for building the most fun ships at sea – so it only made sense that we picked a Carnival cruise ship for our list. The most recent ship that launched in 2022 for Carnival was the hugely popular and highly anticipated Carnival Mardi Gras.
Those looking for a more economical and affordable cruise experience should consider sailing on Carnival Mardi Gras.
Carnival Mardi Gras features distinct entertainment zones that transport passengers to different worlds and experiences. This even includes a French Quarter, inspired by New Orleans and featuring Emeril’s Bistro by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. There are 20 different lounges and bars onboard Carnival Mardi Gras.
Notably, the upper deck of Carnival Mardi Gras features the world’s first sea-going roller coaster, which will have you screaming at the top of your lungs as you soar above the open sea. Carnival Mardi Gras also features the largest ropes course in the cruise line’s fleet
This new Carnival ship has tons of free onboard dining options, from Guy Fieri’s BBQ Smokehouse and Burger Joint to Shaq’s Big Chicken and the cruise line’s latest innovation – Street Eats, which features food stalls for quick bites like bao buns and kebabs.
Adults can relax in the Serenity area of Mardi Gras. which is an oasis to relax with a drink in hand. Cruise passengers can also have a barbecue and a beer at Summer Landing, located at the rear of the ship which offers stunning views of the sea.
There’s so much to do and see aboard Carnival Mardi Gras that you probably won’t have enough time to do everything you want to do!
4. Disney Wish
If you’re looking for the most magical and fun-filled experience at sea, then you’ll want to run (not walk) to book a cruise on Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, Disney Wish. Launching in 2022, Disney Wish will make all your cruise dreams come true.
Disney Wish is the fifth ship in the cruise line’s fleet and the cruise line’s first new ship in a decade. This new ship is packed with immersive entertainment, character encounters and enchanting experiences for the whole family.
The Disney Wish is perfect for adults and children, especially adults who love luxury and kids who can’t get enough Disney magic in their lives. Disney Wish cruises include a Frozen-themed dinner show, Worlds of Marvel dining experience, Star Wars-themed lounge, AquaMouse water adventure, and Hero Zone computer and fun games (to name a few).
Disney is universally known for its entertainment being the creme de la creme – and Disney Wish is no exception. Guests can enjoy a Little Mermaid Broadway-style musical and magnificent fireworks at sea. One of Disney Cruise Line’s most popular events is Pirate Night on Disney Wish, which features the Pirate’s Rockin’ Parlay Party on the pool deck. What a perfect time to embrace your inner Captain Hook!
Adults on Disney Wish can find plenty of areas to enjoy like adults. Adults can try Disney Wish’s exclusive bars and lounges, as well as specialty restaurants like Palo Steakhouse and British-style pub Keg and Compass. There’s also Rejuvenation Spa and Quiet Cove, which is an exclusive adults-only retreat space.
5. Valiant Lady
If you watched the final season of The Bachelorette, you’ve probably seen plenty of footage aboard Virgin Voyage’s new ship, Valiant Lady. Maybe you couldn’t help but dream about how much fun it would be to sail Valiant Lady – and you’d be right!
Although Virgin Voyages is new to the cruise scene, you can find some of the most unique and fun experiences you won’t find aboard any other cruise ship.
Valiant Lady was the second ship to launch for Virgin Voyages, making her highly anticipated debut in 2022. Since her launch, Valiant Lady has focused on exciting European itineraries.
If you’re a millennial looking for a cruise without a buffet or kids, this is one of the most fun cruises you can take right now. Onboard Valiant Lady, the entertainment is all curated specifically for her adults-only audience, whether it’s a late-night comedy show or an epic dance party.
Virgin Voyages has revolutionized cruising in many ways by relying on luxury ships designed for adults; in fact, you must be 18 or older to sail on board. Because you won’t find kids running around the cruise ship, this can be a great option for adults looking for some kid-free fun.
Cruises aboard Valiant Lady include risque theater shows, drag show brunches, 24-hour sushi, an all-vegan restaurant, and even a tattoo parlour. There are over 20 restaurants included – the perfect kind of foodie fun!