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Best Mid-size Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

2015 Cruisers’ Choice for Cruise Critic

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The best mid-size cruise ships for shore excursions chosen by cruisers. All rankings are based on member review ratings for cruises taken in 2014.
Rating: 4.2
Coral Princess (Image)
Whale watching is a popular excursion when touring through Alaska.
Rating: 4.1
Norwegian Sun (Image)
With its unparalleled glacier viewing, Juneau is "Alaska's peak experience".
Rating: 4.0
Zuiderdam (Image)
Zuiderdam knows a thing or two about offering incredible excursions.
Rating: 4.0
Westerdam (Image)
Visit the turquoise waters of Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas.
Rating: 3.9
Legend of the Seas (Image)
Take a cable car expedition in Madeira when you cruise with Legend of the Seas.
Rating: 3.6
Grandeur of the Seas (Image)
Rating: 3.2
Riviera (Image)
Excursions range from high tea at Emirates Palace to whale watching in Iceland.
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