4 Big Caribbean Cruise Ships that Feel Like Small Ships

If your excuse for not cruising is that there are too many people, you might be surprised to learn you can still get a luxe small-ship experience on board one of the Caribbean’s largest floating hotels. Here are four ship-within-a-ship experiences for first-class service at sea on your next Caribbean cruise.

Big Caribbean Cruise Ships that Feel Like Small Ships
Disney Cruise Line Adults-Only Experts recommend getting eight hugs a day. Get yours from Mickey and Minnie on one of Disney Cruise Line's four ships. Cruises are family-oriented, with Broadway musicals and Toy Story playrooms. Still, every vessel has adults-only refuges like the Cove Café coffee shop, the Quiet Cove Pool with a bar, and a wine-tasting seminar. But perhaps the most blissful grown-up space is Serenity Bay on Castaway Cay, Disney's private Bahamian island, where there's little to do but sway in a double hammock. Itinerary pick: Seven-night western Caribbean cruise on Disney Fantasy.Disney Cruise Line
Big Caribbean Cruise Ships that Feel Like Small Ships
Cunard Queens Grill Lavish balls and champagne for breakfast — Cunard hasn't forgotten the golden age of sea travel. Queens Grill passengers stay in the best suites — Queen Mary 2 even offers a 2,249-square-foot grand duplex with gym equipment. A personal butler will happily unpack suitcases and shine shoes, and Penhaligon's toiletries and fresh flowers are delivered daily. Come dinnertime, order chateaubriand off the menu in the exclusive Queens Grill restaurant. Correspond with the commoners back home on your personalized stationery. Itinerary pick: Seven-night trans-Atlantic crossing on Queen Mary 2.Cunard
Big Caribbean Cruise Ships that Feel Like Small Ships
MSC Cruises Yacht Club Fresh pasta and barista-made cappuccinos? No, this isn't Venice; it's MSC Cruises' fleet of Mediterranean-inspired mega-ships. A special key card on the four newest ships (Preziosa, Divina, Splendida, Fantasia) unlocks doors to the MSC Yacht Club, where guests in 69 suites are cosseted with marble bathrooms, pillow menus and 24-hour butler service. Take a foot-selfie on the Swarovski-crystal staircase, which leads to the 24-hour, concierge-staffed reception. Wine is included at the restaurant for club guests. Itinerary pick: Seven-night Caribbean and Antilles cruise on MSC Divina.MSC Cruises
Big Caribbean Cruise Ships that Feel Like Small Ships
Norwegian Cruise Line The Haven Hidden on the highest deck, The Haven is Norwegian Cruise Line's gated community — with 24-hour butler service, a restaurant, a dedicated concierge and a serene sun deck. Book one of these rooms, and specialty beverage and dining packages, Wi-Fi and a shore-excursion credit of $50 per port are all yours. Itinerary pick: Seven-night eastern Caribbean cruise on Norwegian Escape.Norwegian Cruise Line