2019 Cruisers’ Choice Awards
Get to know the best cruise ships in a variety of categories, based on member review ratings for cruises taken in the last year.

Best Small-Mid Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Viking Star
1 of 10 Best Small-Mid Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions
Photo by Cruise Critic member Sissy712
Viking always has one included tour for each port. When we took it, it was excellent and a great introduction to the port. Where we chose a specialized excursion, it was always worth the cost.
Viking Sky
2 of 10 Best Small-Mid Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions
Photo by Cruise Critic member jimchris1547
The included excursions were enlightening and there were plenty of options to do extra things if you were interested in doing them.
Seven Seas Mariner
3 of 10 Best Small-Mid Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions
Photo by Cruise Critic member gsmithffg
The excursions in Alaska were exceptional. We went whale watching (saw hundreds), and loved watching the dolphins play and the bald eagles who were spotted in the trees by our guide.
Viking Sea
4 of 10 Best Small-Mid Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions
Photo by Cruise Critic member lindamichaeladventures
I had tremendous fun on the shore excursions, which offer many very different experiences. The guides were amazing.
Viking Sun
5 of 10 Best Small-Mid Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions
Photo by Cruise Critic member MaryCThompson1
The port excursions were uniformly excellent. We loved them all ... Our tour of Dublin afforded us the opportunity to see, hear and sing along with the best single day guide we have ever had.
Viking Orion
6 of 10 Best Small-Mid Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions
Photo by Cruise Critic member Larrytimko
Viking included one excursion at each port that we visited in the price and we really enjoyed these trips which usually included a tour of the city we were visiting.
Seven Seas Explorer
7 of 10 Best Small-Mid Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions
Photo by Cruise Critic member hobbitons
The excursions in Europe were really well done and totally worth going on - even if you’re not a group-tour kind of person. The tour guides know the history, culture, and geography of the area and it’s a very good learning experience. There wasn’t even one disappointing tour.
Seven Seas Voyager
8 of 10 Best Small-Mid Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions
Photo by Cruise Critic member mountainclimber1
The shore excursions were great ... All of the tour guides were very knowledgeable.
Pacific Princess
9 of 10 Best Small-Mid Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions
Photo by Cruise Critic member Rebel2386
The highlights for us were the ports of call, that's why we cruise. Jersey, Wales and Dublin were all very good. We saw a lot and were able to get a little taste of local culture, people, sights and foods.
Silver Spirit
10 of 10 Best Small-Mid Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions
Photo by Cruise Critic member Catlover54
The ports were beautiful and full of fun and exciting excursions suiting every level of activity. Because of our ship's size we could get into most ports without having to tender to shore.

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