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Holland America's Koningsdam named Best Mid-Sized Ship

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Winning ship known for its live music venues and range of onboard experiences

Some cruise ships are like floating horizontal skyscrapers with all the bells and whistles, others feel more like a private yacht. These 20 ships with a capacity between 1,000 and 3,000 passengers, chosen by a panel of cruising experts as the best in the industry, strike a balance between big ship amenities and small ship service.

  • Koningsdam

    Koningsdam
    Holland America Line

    The 2,650-guest Koningsdam keeps passengers entertained with a two-story World Stage to Music Walk, as well as a handful of other live music venues. Guests can learn about destinations at Explorations Central, try a new recipe at America’s Test Kitchen, explore the wilds with BBC Earth Experiences or create unique cocktails at Blend. Other amenities include a glass-roofed Lido Deck for under-the-stars movies, family cabins and two pools.
    Photo courtesy of Holland America Line

  • Carnival Sunshine

    Carnival Sunshine
    Carnival Cruise Line

    Launched in 2013, the 3,000-passenger Carnival Sunshine has many of the same bells and whistles that Carnival is known for but at a manageable size. Active passengers have a spread of outdoor games and activities at SportSquare. Hasbro, The Game Show and Suess at Sea keep kids and teens entertained, while the Punchliner Comedy Club offers up laughs. What really sets Sunshine apart are its rotation of themed shows, each performed in front of a digital backdrop courtesy of the ship's ultra-HD graphics system.
    Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

  • Disney Magic

    Disney Magic
    Disney Cruise Line

    Disney, the masters of entertainment, bring their A game aboard Disney Magic, with live stage shows like Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on a Cinderella Story and Disney Dreams – An Enchanted Classic. Daily activities might include bingo, family game shows, karaoke or a Pirate Night deck party complete with fireworks at sea. Select sailings offer a Marvel Day at Sea.
    Photo courtesy of Chloe Rice / Disney Cruise Line

  • Nieuw Amsterdam

    Nieuw Amsterdam
    Holland America Line

    Celebrating the history and glamor of New York City, Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam excels with activities like digital photography workshops, live cooking shows with America's Test Kitchen and live music at B.B. King's Blues Club. The 2,160-passenger ship is also known for its excellent service, with little perks like cool towels upon return from shore excursions.
    Photo courtesy of Holland America Line

  • Celebrity Solstice

    Celebrity Solstice
    Celebrity Cruises

    The Celebrity Solstice set sail in 2008 as the first Solstice-class ship in the Celebrity Cruises fleet. The 2,850-passenger ship introduced the concept of a green lawn on deck with the half-acre Lawn Club. The ship never feels crowded, even on sold out sailings, and passengers always have plenty of things to do, from sipping cocktails in the Martini Bar to watching a live glass blowing demonstration at the Hot Glass Show.
    Photo courtesy of Michel Verdure / Celebrity Cruises

  • Celebrity Edge

    Celebrity Edge
    Celebrity Cruises

    Introduced in November of 2018, the brand new 2,900-passenger Celebrity Edge features one of the best spas at sea, a Magic Carpet venue that changes location and function throughout a cruise, rooftop garden, adults-only solarium and staterooms with Infinite Verandas that transform cabins into open-air spaces. The three-deck glass-encased Eden is a Celebrity first.
    Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

  • Nieuw Statendam

    Nieuw Statendam
    Holland America Line

    The 2,666-guest Nieuw Statendam takes design inspiration from a musical instrument. There’s plenty to see and do aboard this new ship, from entertainment options like B.B. King’s Blues Club and the Rolling Stone Rock Room to immersive experiences, like a wine blending course with Chateau Ste. Michelle.
    Photo courtesy of Holland America Line

  • Radiance of the Seas

    Radiance of the Seas
    Royal Caribbean International

    With a 2,466-guest capacity, Radiance of the Seas is small by Royal Caribbean standards. But the mid-sized ship is still packed with features. Guests will find nine dining options, 10 bars and lounges, a nine-hole miniature golf course, rock climbing wall, solarium, spa, fitness center, three pools, three hot tubs, a sports court, video arcade, outdoor movie screen and a cinema.
    Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

  • Disney Wonder

    Disney Wonder
    Disney Cruise Line

    Smaller than the Disney Dream and Fantasy in physical size, the 2,713-passenger Disney Wonder still delivers big on entertainment, with live productions like Frozen, A Musical Spectacular; Disney Dreams – An Enchanted Classic and The Golden Mickeys. The Buena Vista Theater screens movies in digital 3D, with more family-friendly offerings by day and more mature offerings in the evenings. Pirate Night is a guest favorite, but passengers also enjoy daytime activities like wine and martini tastings, cooking demos and art auctions.
    Photo courtesy of David Murphey / Disney Cruise Line

  • Brilliance of the Seas

    Brilliance of the Seas
    Royal Caribbean International

    Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas can accommodate 2,543 guests across 12 guest decks. While not nearly as big and overwhelming as the line’s largest ships, Brilliance is still packed with amenities, including a rock climbing wall, nine hole miniature golf course, solarium, sports court and three swimming pools.
    Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

  • Koningsdam
  • Carnival Sunshine
  • Disney Magic
  • Nieuw Amsterdam
  • Celebrity Solstice
  • Celebrity Edge
  • Nieuw Statendam
  • Radiance of the Seas
  • Disney Wonder
  • Brilliance of the Seas

The top 10 winners in the category Best Mid-Sized Cruise Ship are as follows:

  1. Koningsdam - Holland America Line
  2. Carnival Sunshine - Carnival Cruise Line
  3. Disney Magic - Disney Cruise Line
  4. Nieuw Amsterdam - Holland America Line
  5. Celebrity Solstice - Celebrity Cruises
  6. Celebrity Edge - Celebrity Cruises
  7. Nieuw Statendam - Holland America Line
  8. Radiance of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International
  9. Disney Wonder - Disney Cruise Line
  10. Brilliance of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning cruise ships!

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