Big or Small: Choosing the right ship for you

12 Dec 2017

With so much choice and such diversity, when it comes to having the perfect cruise experience it’s important to consider the size of cruise ship that’s right for you.

There are around 300 cruise ships currently operating around the world, all offering unique experiences and at varying different sizes. From luxury boutique ships carrying less than 100 guests, to the mighty resort mega-ships carrying over 5,000 passengers, there is a ship ideal for you.

To find the right cruise ship for you, you first need to think about what you want from your cruise holiday.

Cruising with the family

If you’re planning to take the kids, then the larger ships, overflowing with wonderful family activities and facilities will most likely be the ideal ship to book. These ships are often some of the newest and revolutionary ships in the industry, perfect for technology lovers, thrill seekers, and those little ones too, with dedicated children’s clubs and entertainment.

Top recommendations: MSC Meraviglia, MSC Preziosa, MSC Seaside (MSC Cruises); Azura, Britannia, Ventura (P&O Cruises); Anthem of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, (Royal Caribbean International).

Find out more about family cruises here

Traditional cruises

If you’re looking for a more relaxing cruise experience, with a closer connection to the sea, and with no fancy gimmicks, then a traditional cruise ship may be the right one to choose. These ships are usually older and less sizeable than the family resort ships, so can get into smaller ports for a more authentic experience of the local area. These ships usually carry no more than 2,000 passengers, so are the perfect size for making new travel companions and being more sociable, which is why this style of cruise is so popular with solo travellers.

Top recommendations: Astoria, Magellan, Marco Polo (Cruise & Maritime Voyages); Balmoral, Black Watch, Boudicca (Fred. Olsen Cruise Line); Arcadia, Aurora, Oriana (P&O Cruises).

Find out more about traditional cruises here

A touch of luxury

Smaller boutique ships often have a higher price tag, but the experience offered is a lot more personal and attentive than on a larger ship. Think in-suite butlers, rejuvenating spas and the finest cuisine. These ships rarely carry more than a thousand guests.

Top recommendations: Marina, Nautica, Riviera (Oceania Cruises); Seabourn Encore, Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn (Seabourn); Silver Muse, Silver Whisper, Silver Wind (Silversea).