Which cruise line has the best ship for families? Readers, we want to hear what you have to say!
In this, the fifth of our new series of Cruise Ship Smackdowns, we're pitting
Disney Cruise Line'srecently revamped Disney Magic against Royal Caribbean's new Anthem of the Seas.
Click through the photo tours of the two ships in the carousels above and below, then go the comment area to tell us: Which one would you book for a family trip -- and why?
Unveiled in July 1998 and April 2015, respectively, the two vessels boast all the trappings of a major family resort, from deck-top fun zones with pools and water features to expansive interior children's areas and family-friendly entertainment. Still, as you can see in the photo tours, they are very different ships.
Sailing in the Caribbean and Europe, the 1,754-passenger Disney Magic is home to the recently added AquaDunk, a 37-foot-tall body slide that careens over the side of the ship, a new outdoor kiddie fun zone called the AquaLab, multiple deck-top pool areas and indoor children's zones that cover almost an entire deck. It also features a 977-seat theater that houses highly produced, Disney-themed shows that are among the best at sea and around-the-clock meet-and-greets with
Sailing year-round out of the
New York area, the 4,180-passenger Anthem boasts such innovative features as a skydiving simulator, a bar with a robot bartender and a glass capsule on a mechanical arm that rises above the ship for bird's-eye views. The vessel also has bumper cars, roller skating, multiple pools, large production shows including the West End's We Will Rock You and an unusual, multilevel entertainment space called Two70 that features aerial performances.