In the modern world of cruising ships come in every shape and size, from the 2,298 tonne Star Clipper to the 220,000 tonne Oasis of the Seas. Not everyone wants to be on a ship that offers everything and more, some people prefer mid-sized ships with a good variety of entertainment and spa treatments, and others prefer smaller, stripped down ships that concentrate on the destination.
When is comes to choosing the right ship for you, the size of the ships is very much a personal choice. You may be looking to visit off-the-beaten-track destinations, the polar ice caps, or the most intimate of ports — for which small ships are the only option. You may prefer an elegant ship, visiting popular ports, but nothing too crowded — which is where mid-sized ships come into their own. Or you could love the idea of having everything you could ever imagine needing in a holiday, all in one place, and with a new destination each day to discover, or a few sea days to take it all in — if that's the case, the big ships are for you. Our cruise blog gives an insight into what's on offer, and making the right choice, but it's really down to you.
Small ships are generally considered cruise ships carrying less than 1000 passengers. Our smaller ship, Celebrity Xpedition, carries only 92 passengers, weighing 2329 tons, with our lighter ships, Star Clipper and Star Flyer, of the Star Clippers' fleet, which arrive with just 2,298 tons. Fred Olsen's Braemar carries the highest number of passengers in this category on our site, with 929 guests on board, but weighs only 24.344 tons, compared to the Regent Seven Seas Mariner, which reaches 50,000 tons and only 750 passengers.
Smaller ships tend to offer a more intimate experience, with a more attentive feel to service - with fewer passengers on board the crew will soon learn your favorite beverage and how to get your coffee. The more intimate ships can also offer a more boutique atmosphere, with club-style cruises increasingly popular with cruise companies such as Azamara and Oceania.
Medium-sized ships are generally considered as ships carrying between 1,000 and 2,400 passengers. They were once seen as big ships, but now they are seen as a more refined option for today's super ships. Medium-sized ships from 1,000-passenger Hurtigruten ships, which drag the Norwegian coast carrying goods, mail and passengers and providing a cruise experience, to P & O Cruises Arcadia increasingly popular, offering 4 * British-style cruises.
Medium-sized ships offer the advantages of the choice you would see on a large vessel, such as specialized restaurants, working spas and selection of lounges and bars. Medium-sized ships usually have a theater that shows West End and Broadway productions, a showroom with everything from dance lessons to cabaret and the ever-popular 24-hour buffet restaurant.
The Big Ships offer the biggest disparities in size, from 2,450 Millennium class passenger ships from Celebrity Cruises to 3,600 Ventura passengers, from P & O Cruises to fairly large Oasis class ships from Royal Caribbean - that can carry up to 6,200 passengers, 2165 crew and weigh 225.282 tons.
The big ships will take you away in a world of cruises where every aspect of your holiday is covered, from the 4 stars, the family oriented ships, to the amusing, sumptuous Allure of the Seas and Norwegian Epic, to the refined, sober glamor of Cunard's Queen Mary 2.
So, when evaluating the size of the ship you are looking for, consider which choice on board, the style of service and the atmosphere you are looking for, then find a style of ship that fits the position you are looking for and enjoy the holidays of a life. .