Royal Caribbean’s Marvel of the Seas Voted Finest Cruise Ship of 2023

After two straight years of being a runner-up, Royal Caribbean Worldwide has the top-ranked cruise ship within the 2023 Cruise Hive Awards. Marvel of the Seas took prime honors within the annual contest.

Marvel of the Seas Tops for Finest General Cruise Ship

Marvel of the Seas got here out on prime amongst ships throughout a number of cruise traces nominated by readers in 2023 for the Cruise Hive Awards. Royal Caribbean Worldwide got here in second place for the consideration in 2021 and 2022.

Royal Caribbean additionally scored first place for most anticipated cruise ship for 2024 – Icon of the Seas. The ship is scheduled to make her inaugural cruise on Saturday, January 27, 2024.

Finest General Cruise Ship

The Cruise Hive Awards began as an annual function in 2014, although the Finest General Cruise Ship class started in 2021. Voting opened on October 1, 2023, and closed on Friday, December 22, with Cruise Hive readers casting a single vote in every of the eight classes. Verify the outcomes for all different classes right here.

Marvel of the Seas at the moment is homeported in Florida’s Port Canaveral, the place it’s crusing 7-night itineraries to the Jap and Western Caribbean with a cease at Good Day at CocoCay, the cruise line’s personal island. 

The Oasis-class ship, which was the world’s largest cruise ship when she made her maiden voyage on March 4, 2022, is 236,857 gross tons and has a most occupancy of almost 7,000 company.

Royal Caribbean Wonder of the Seas
Royal Caribbean Marvel of the Seas (Picture Credit score: Darryl Brooks / Shutterstock)

Amongst its options are FlowRider, a 30,000-gallon surf simulator, and the AquaTheater, the deepest pool at sea with 30-foot diving platforms that function a set for mesmerizing water exhibits.

Practically a dozen specialty eating venues await company, together with The Mason Jar Southern Restaurant & Bar, which debuted on Marvel of the Seas. The country-designed eatery affords a southern-accented menu with gadgets similar to johnnycakes, crab beignets, and fried inexperienced tomatoes. For company searching for just a little extra zing, greater than a dozen American whiskeys are supplied.

Learn Additionally: Marvel of the Seas Overview and Issues to Do

Wonder of the Seas Cruise Ship
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Marvel of the Seas is organized into eight signature neighborhoods. On deck, company can take pleasure in ample points of interest, together with zip traces, mini golf, and Final Abyss, a twisting slide that travels down 10 tales over the ship’s stern.

Development of the ship – the fifth of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class of vessels – started on the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, in Might 2019. Its authentic supply date of 2021 was in the end pushed till 2022 because of the COVID pandemic. 

Carnival’s Celebration and Mardi Gras Amongst Prime 3 Ships

Marvel of the Seas landed in first place within the Cruise Hive Awards by a handful of votes over Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Celebration, which is homeported at PortMiami the place it additionally affords 7-night itineraries to the Jap and Western Caribbean. Carnival Celebration made its maiden voyage in 2022.

Royal Caribbean Worldwide got here in second place for the consideration in 2021 with Symphony of the Seas and once more in 2022 with Marvel of the Seas.

Carnival Celebration Cruise Ship
Carnival Celebration Cruise Ship

Carnival’s Mardi Gras, which gained the title for greatest total cruise ship in 2022 and 2021, got here in third place for 2023. Mardi Gras, like Marvel of the Seas, is homeported at Port Canaveral and likewise sails on 7-night Jap and Western voyages.

Learn Additionally: Carnival Mardi Gras Overview and Issues to Do

Different ships ending within the prime six for 2023 had been Celeb Cruises’ Celeb Past (fourth place), Royal Caribbean’s Attract of the Seas (fifth place), and Disney Cruise Line’s Fantasy (sixth place). 

In 2022, Carnival’s Mardi Fuel was tops, adopted by Royal Caribbean’s Marvel of the Seas, and Celeb Cruise’s Celeb Solstice. In 2021, Mardi Gras was adopted by Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas and Carnival Horizon.

The annual Cruise Hive Awards had been created in 2014 to supply insights from actual cruise followers on completely different cruise traces and experiences to assist others higher plan cruise holidays.

Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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