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Midsize ships range from approximately 25,000 to 70,000 tons and carry between 400 and 1,700 passengers.

Larger

The largest ships in this category were once considered “big” themselves; no longer. And without the big size, you’ll also have a smaller list of amenities. While there’s no lack of entertainment and features on these ships, they tend not to have some of the more extravagant facilities like rock-climbing walls and miniature golf courses.

Entertainment is similarly limited. In addition to the traditional daytime activities, there will be ample nightlife, a casino, and shows, but there may not be full-scale Broadway performances and giant discos.

Dining options are usually varied and will often include alternative venues, including a few specialty restaurants to supplement one large main dining room. But the variety of offerings simply can’t match that of a large ship. There’s just not room.

Seabourn Sojourn

Seabourn Cruise Line
  • Sails To Europe

Why It’s Wonderful

The 450-passenger ship evokes a club-like atmosphere, scoring high points for impeccable service, elegant suites, and excellent recreational facilities.

Seven Seas Navigator

Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Sails To Alaska, Caribbean, Europe

Why It’s Wonderful

With complimentary gourmet specialty restaurants and shore excursions, Seven Seas Navigator is a stylish choice for discerning travelers.

Oceania Riviera

Oceania Cruises
  • Sails To Caribbean, Europe

Why It’s Wonderful

The newest ship in the fleet, Riviera is the choice of foodies and destination collectors.

Oceania Regatta

Oceania Cruises
  • Sails To Alaska, Caribbean

Why It’s Wonderful

With only 684 passengers onboard, Regatta scores high marks for its country club casual ambience in intimate spaces with beautifully appointed accommodations, unobtrusive service, and fine dining.

Hurtigruten

  • Sails To Europe

Why It’s Wonderful

The MS Fram makes summer expeditions to Greenland as well as a 67-day longitudinal world cruise in the fall with destination-intense itineraries to explore nature.

Statendam

Holland America Line
  • Sails To Alaska

Why It’s Wonderful

Accommodations filled with amenities are some of the most comfortable at sea, and the specialty dining charge is the most reasonable you will find without sacrificing quality.

Azamara Journey

Azamara Club Cruises
  • Sails To Europe

Why It’s Wonderful

Destination-oriented and totally refurbished in 2012, Azamara Journey is noteworthy for offering fine dining and a complimentary destination event on every sailing.

Azamara Quest

Azamara Club Cruises
  • Sails To Caribbean

Why It’s Wonderful

Destination-oriented and totally refurbished in 2013, Azamara Quest is noteworthy for offering fine dining and a complimentary destination event on every sailing.