The Top 10 Pools at Sea

by John Roberts

The Top 10 Pools at Sea

by John Roberts

It’s hard to imagine a cruise without kicking back with a cold beverage under a blue sky before taking a sun-soaked splash at the pool. But we hate to break it to you: Not all pools are created equal. We rounded up the ships from mainstream lines where you will find top pools that are both adult and kid friendly. From a glass-sided stunner to an aft-view infinity pool, here are our favorites.

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Infinity Pool and Aquavit Terrace / Viking Ocean Cruises
MSC Divina's Garden Pool
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1. MSC Divina and MSC Preziosa

The MSC Divina and MSC Preziosa each have not one but five pools — and the best is the infinity pool at the back of the vessel, where you can soak in a privileged solitude and sublime ocean views.

The MSC Divina and MSC Preziosa each have not one but five pools — and the best is the infinity pool at the back of the vessel, where you can soak in a privileged solitude and sublime ocean views.

Koningsdam's Lido Pool
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2. Koningsdam

The Lido pool on this new Holland America ship is where to go if you are hungry. You’ll find a gelato stand, the Dive-In burger bar, and the New York Deli & Pizza spot (which has surprisingly good bagels and towering sandwiches). It will be hard to wait 30 minutes before taking a dip in the pool or settling into one of the three hot tubs.

The Lido pool on this new Holland America ship is where to go if you are hungry. You’ll find a gelato stand, the Dive-In burger bar, and the New York Deli & Pizza spot (which has surprisingly good bagels and towering sandwiches). It will be hard to wait 30 minutes before taking a dip in the pool or settling into one of the three hot tubs.

Grand Princess' Terrace Pool
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3. Grand Princess

Open to the sun and skies above, this blissful aft pool on the Grand Princess has two decks of stadium-style lounge seating and calming views of the wake. A similar pool can also be found on other ships in the Grand class, but Grand Princess is the only one with the double deck.

Open to the sun and skies above, this blissful aft pool on the Grand Princess has two decks of stadium-style lounge seating and calming views of the wake. A similar pool can also be found on other ships in the Grand class, but Grand Princess is the only one with the double deck.

Infinity Pool on Viking Sea and Viking Star
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4. Viking Star and Viking Sea

The cool factor of the aft pool on Viking Star and Viking Sea is that it cantilevers over the back of the ship and is walled by glass, turning it into a gigantic picture window into the horizon.

The cool factor of the aft pool on Viking Star and Viking Sea is that it cantilevers over the back of the ship and is walled by glass, turning it into a gigantic picture window into the horizon.

Solarium on Anthem of the Seas
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5. Anthem of the Seas

A haven with ample lounging space and leafy green plants, the aft solarium on the Anthem of the Seas is a spectacular spot to relax to the sound of cascading waters: The glass-sided pool has four tiers of varying depths, and the water flows gently from one to another.

A haven with ample lounging space and leafy green plants, the aft solarium on the Anthem of the Seas is a spectacular spot to relax to the sound of cascading waters: The glass-sided pool has four tiers of varying depths, and the water flows gently from one to another.

Royal Princess' Retreat Pool
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6. Regal Princess and Royal Princess

The Fountain Pool on both Regal Princess and Royal Princess occupies a prime patch of real estate — it’s a front row seat to open-air movies and the nightly fountain shows choreographed to lights. If you are looking for less of a show, the adults-only Retreat pool is a quiet escape with private cabanas and a hot tub.

The Fountain Pool on both Regal Princess and Royal Princess occupies a prime patch of real estate — it’s a front row seat to open-air movies and the nightly fountain shows choreographed to lights. If you are looking for less of a show, the adults-only Retreat pool is a quiet escape with private cabanas and a hot tub.

AquaTheater on Oasis of the Seas
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7. Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas' and Allure of the SeasAquaTheater, surrounded by amphitheater-like seating, may be just your average pool by day, but in the evenings, it transforms into a dazzling showcase of elaborate water shows with divers and acrobats.

Oasis of the Seas' and Allure of the SeasAquaTheater, surrounded by amphitheater-like seating, may be just your average pool by day, but in the evenings, it transforms into a dazzling showcase of elaborate water shows with divers and acrobats.

Celebrity Infinity's Solarium
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8. Celebrity Infinity

Heated to a muscle-soothing temperature, the solarium-area thalassotherapy pool on Celebrity Infinity is enriched with minerals and has bubbling massage jets. You can also find this pool on Infinity's sister ships — Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Summit, and Celebrity Millennium.

Heated to a muscle-soothing temperature, the solarium-area thalassotherapy pool on Celebrity Infinity is enriched with minerals and has bubbling massage jets. You can also find this pool on Infinity's sister ships — Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Summit, and Celebrity Millennium.

Eurodam's Lido Pool
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9. Eurodam

Unlike other cruise ship swimming spots, Eurodam’s Sea View Pool in the adults-only area has a wide, open deck with no obstructions to the broad-spanning views from the aft. All ages can enjoy the ship's Lido pool area, which has a waterfall as well as a hot tub.

Unlike other cruise ship swimming spots, Eurodam’s Sea View Pool in the adults-only area has a wide, open deck with no obstructions to the broad-spanning views from the aft. All ages can enjoy the ship's Lido pool area, which has a waterfall as well as a hot tub.

Europa 2's pool deck
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10. Europa 2

The length of Europa 2’s pool — one of the longest at sea — stretches more than 49 feet, making it perfect for lap swimmers. It’s enclosed under a glass roof that, weather-dependent, slides open or closed so you can practice your strokes rain or shine.

The length of Europa 2’s pool — one of the longest at sea — stretches more than 49 feet, making it perfect for lap swimmers. It’s enclosed under a glass roof that, weather-dependent, slides open or closed so you can practice your strokes rain or shine.

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