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Best Mid-Sized Ship (2022)

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Some cruise ships are like floating horizontal skyscrapers with all the bells and whistles; others feel more like private yachts. These ships strike a balance between big ship amenities and small ship service. 

  • Rotterdam

    Rotterdam
    Holland America Line

    Launched in October 2021, Rotterdam is the newest Pinnacle-class line flagship for Holland America. Over sixty percent of the 1,340 passenger cabins have balconies and offer amenities such as specialty soaps and luxurious bathrobes. Live music is the ship’s entertainment focus, and venues include a blues club, a live rock room, and a piano bar. Various dining opportunities are available, including New York pizza, sushi, a poolside grill, and French, Italian, and Far Eastern cuisines.
    Photo courtesy of Holland America Line

  • 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 with the ship's chef, explore the wilds with BBC Earth Experiences or experience the art of winemaking 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

  • Island Princess

    Island Princess
    Princess Cruises

    The 2,200-passenger Island Princess sails from the California coast. Refurbished in 2017, the ship features a range of classic and specialty dining venues, Discovery at SEA programs for kids, a Vegas-style casino, an art gallery with life auctions, sports courts, movies under the stars and original musical productions.
    Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

  • Celebrity Equinox

    Celebrity Equinox

    Launched in 2009, Celebrity Equinox, a Solstice-class ship, carries over 2,800 passengers. Its staterooms feature premium bedding, custom-blended bath products, plush bathrobes, and many rooms on the ocean offer private verandas. A variety of dining choices include Italian, sushi, and an ocean view café. Other amenities include a theater, plus a real-grass lawn where passengers can enjoy a game of croquet.
    Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

  • Norwegian Spirit

    Norwegian Spirit

    Modernized and redesigned in 2020, the Norwegian Spirit, which accommodates over 2,000 passengers, offers laid-back luxury with the adult cruiser in mind. Staterooms and suites offer style and comfort, with stylish touches and contemporary designs. Complimentary dining options include a buffet and a variety of casual cafes and grills, and a steakhouse, French, and Italian restaurants are offered for more exclusive culinary experiences. Comedy, variety, and magic shows are available for passengers looking for an evening of entertainment, or if they’re feeling lucky, they can visit the onboard casino.
    Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

  • Norwegian Sun

    Norwegian Sun

    Completely refurbished in 2018, the Sun-class cruise ship Norwegian Sun accommodates over 1,900 passengers. Guests will find stylish and comfortable staterooms with modern updates and sitting areas. Enjoy a multicourse meal with a wide variety of dining options – French, Italian, and Asian, to name a few – or grab a delicious burger at the poolside bar and grill. Enjoy a rock tribute to icons like Queen, Journey, or The Who, or spend your evening dancing at the Bliss Ultra Lounge for entertainment fun.
    Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

  • Celebrity Apex

    Celebrity Apex
    Celebrity Cruises

    Celebrity Apex is a Celebrity Cruises Edge-class ship that accommodates 2,910 passengers. The vessel offers the broadest range of staterooms available in the fleet, including two-story villas and suites with private verandas. Explore many different restaurants – steakhouse to French bistro to a garden grill – and “soar above the sea” on the Magic Carpet, a cantilevered floating platform with a full bar and live music thirteen stories above the sea.
    Photo courtesy of 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

  • Disney Magic

    Disney Magic
    Disney Cruise Line

    Disney, the masters of entertainment, bring their A game aboard the 2,400-passenger 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 Matt Stroshane / Disney Cruise Line

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

  1. Rotterdam - Holland America Line
  2. Koningsdam - Holland America Line
  3. Island Princess - Princess Cruises
  4. Celebrity Equinox
  5. Norwegian Spirit
  6. Norwegian Sun
  7. Celebrity Apex - Celebrity Cruises
  8. Celebrity Edge - Celebrity Cruises
  9. Nieuw Statendam - Holland America Line
  10. Disney Magic - Disney Cruise Line

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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