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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 Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Silver Galapagos
1 of 5 Best Small Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions
Photo by Cruise Critic member ajonofreo
It was the best experience ever getting to see the unique wildlife up close & personal and to get to learn so much at same time. The guides were ALL so very knowledgeable & very personable. There were so many amazing things we were privileged to see & experience that we will absolutely recommend this cruise to others.
Paul Gauguin
2 of 5 Best Small Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions
Photo by Cruise Critic member Lrorogers
The shore excursions were awesome -- the best being the underwater walks. We did 2 of them.....beautiful clear water, turquoise in colour, and great friendly shore excursion people.
L'Austral
3 of 5 Best Small Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions
Photo by Cruise Critic member BpfromSAust
We ventured on Ponant excursions at all ports, and found the organisation, equipment and locations outstanding in all cases.
Le Soleal
4 of 5 Best Small Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions
Photo by Cruise Critic member jam48
Tours were well organised and wonderfully instructive.
Silver Shadow
5 of 5 Best Small Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions
Photo by Cruise Critic member Bobbirich11
Our excursions were wonderful, got to witness so much wildlife and amazing landscapes.

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