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Worst Cruise Ships in the World

Far & Wide logo: MainLogo Far & Wide 4 days ago Lissa Poirot
Not all cruise ships are created equal. © Princess Cruises Not all cruise ships are created equal.

The cruising industry was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite more cancellations in recent news, we're hoping for a comeback in the near future. After all, more than 26 million passengers set sail in 2018 — a 3 percent year-over-year increase from previous years — so who's to say those numbers can't eventually return?

Carrying thousands of passengers on ships that are five times bigger than the Titanic, cruise lines have amped up the bells and whistles to convince travelers to ride the seas with them. From Broadway-worthy shows, to celebrity-inspired menus, to gigantic water parks and thrill rides, cruises can be an amazing vacation. However, with more than 300 cruise ships, not all of them can be winners.

Here, we take a look at the worst cruise ships to take. See which of the ships you should skip — and which to sail instead.

13. Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas

Royal Caribbean is actually a fabulous cruise line with many top-rate amenities, cabins and excursions. If you pick the right ship.

With 27 ships, there are bound to be a few that slip through the cracks, and for RCCL, one of those is Ovation of the Seas.

Reviewers are not impressed with the ship's cramped dining spaces and pool, average-at-best food and, as one reviewer puts it, "SO MANY GIMMICKS" — including robot bartenders that don't add much to the experience.

The one bright spot? The ship's size, which several reviewers note is, at the least, impressive. (Its maximum occupancy is nearly 5,000 passengers.)

*Note: Reviews and ratings come from leading cruise-review website CruiseCritic.com.

Ovation of the Seas Reviews

Customer rating: 3 stars

Reviewers say:

  • "She ain't pretty, she just looks that way." (gmlaetta)
  • "I know why I choose Princess cruises!" (Amanda71)
  • "Huge ship that wastes its time with underwhelming features." (soro01)

12. Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas

Looks can be deceiving. © Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Looks can be deceiving.

Royal Caribbean's other stinker is also part of its Quantum Class. When the ship was built in 2014, it was Royal Caribbean's largest ship. And at the time it launched, CruiseCritic loved it, giving it a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. 

As the years have passed, though, the aging ship has been surpassed by even larger ships by Royal Caribbean, which means it was sent to China and no longer services the Caribbean market. And passengers have noticed.

Reviewers repeatedly express that the ship is intended for a Chinese audience, "with little or no consideration for the nearly 40 percent non-Chinese." 

Other complaints? Cold food and long wait times to board.

Quantum of the Seas Reviews

Just say no thanks. © Wikimedia Commons Just say no thanks.

Customer rating: 3 stars

Reviewers say:

  • "Like most western passengers we too had a very disappointing cruise." (desr4t)
  • "I felt no one knew what they were doing." (j53)
  • "This is not a vacation for the faint hearted!" (BezzyB)

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