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Here at Vision Cruise we know it may be confusing when it comes to the different things available on each deck onboard – especially on cruise ships now-a-days with many boasting extravagant designs. We have put together a guide for first time cruisers – or even second or third time – who need a little bit of direction before they get on-board.

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean have 6 different classes of ships, therefore each class has a different number of decks. Oasis Class ships have 16 passenger decks, Freedom Class have 15, both Voyager and Sovereign classes have 14 decks, there are 12 decks on Radiance Class ships and 11 on Vision Class. Royal Caribbean usually dedicate at least half a deck to swimming pools, which are most likely to be situated on deck 11.

Dining rooms can be found on at least 4 different decks, varying on each ship. With Oasis Class ships being the largest of the fleet, they hold host to shops and entertainment on deck six, theatres on deck three and eateries on at least 5 decks.


P&O cruises have both large and mid-sized ships in their fleet – the ships generally have the same facilities however they’re placed on different decks. Azura and Ventura are the largest ships with 19 decks each, Britannia has 18, Oceana has 15 decks, and Aurora is the smallest of the family friendly ships with 13. P&O also have two adult only ships: Arcadia which has 11 decks and Oriana which has 13.

Generally, pools, snacks and bars can be found on the Lido deck which on larger ships is deck 15 or 16, and deck 12 on the mid-sized ships – pools, bars and cafes can also be found on deck 8 on the mid-sized ships. The theatre tends to span over deck 6 and 7 on the larger ships, accompanied by shops, restaurants and a casino. On the mid-sized ships, the theatre can be found on deck 7 along with shops, bars and a casino. More shops and restaurants can be found on decks 5 and 6 on both sized ships.

Celebrity Cruises

Both Solstice and Millennium Celebrity cruises hold host to many decks boasting entertainment, dining and hundreds of cabins. Solstice ships tend to have at least 12 decks, and Millennium at least 10.

Celebrity ships have entertainment only decks, and usually host shopping on deck 5. Their theatres are situated on decks 3, 4 and 5. Overall, there are 6 different decks with a variety of entertainment – whereas Millennium ships usually only have 5 decks of entertainment. Dining spans across 5 different decks: 3, 4, 5, 10 and 11.

Norwegian Cruise Line

NCL’s biggest ship is the Norwegian Epic which has 15 passenger decks. Shopping is available on deck 7 and deck 15. There are a few theatres placed around the ship – with pools, lounging, dining and entertainment having dedicated decks.

Carnival Cruises

Carnivals largest ship, Carnival Breeze, has 14 decks and on the promenade deck you will find shops, the ovation theatre and restaurants. The Lido deck on Carnival ships tends to hold host to many of the pools. Restaurants are usually spread across a variety of decks, and theatres tend to take up 2 or maybe more decks depending on their size.

Fred Olsen

Fred Olsen ships are seen as smaller ships when compared to the other popular cruise lines. Balmoral, the largest ship, has a pool, the Neptune Lounge and Jacuzzi’s on deck 7. Whereas Braemar, which is the smallest ship, has shops and the Neptune Lounge on deck 5 and pools on deck 8. The Boudicca ship’s deck 6 is where you can find the pool, Jacuzzi’s, the Neptune Lounge and many of the on-board restaurants and bars. The Neptune Lounge is the main place for entertainment on-board Fred Olsen, with it being situated on deck 6 on the Black Watch ship – dining and leisure activities can also be found on this deck.


MSC ships come in three different classes: Lirica, Musica and Fantasia. Lirica ships have 9 decks, whereas Musica and Fantastica ships have up to 13. On the Lirica ships shops are usually situated on deck 5, while the theatre spans across decks 5 and 6. Dining is usually on deck 5, 6 and 12.

Musica ships tend to have two decks dedicated to shopping, dining and entertainment – making it easier for customers to find their way around the ship. Fantasia class ships has 3 decks dedicated to the theatre, with shops being located in the lower decks.


Royal Princess is the largest of the Princess ships, with room for over 3000 passengers on its 15 decks. Princess Lido decks tend to be the place to find the ships pools. Entertainment is typically on the Promenade decks, with a few ships also having small snack shops so you can feast on some treats whilst you enjoy the shows.

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