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Best Midsize Ships

M

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

You'll still find a spa and gym, but by necessity, they are usually on a smaller scale, though no less satisfying. Although there are more ships of this size in premium and luxury fleets, some older mainstream ships also fall within this range.

Here are the best medium-sized cruise ships.

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