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 Mid-Size Cruise Ships for Embarkation

Oosterdam
1 of 10 Best Mid-Size Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member bigtee907
Embarkation was a breeze, in terminal and on ship in about 20 minutes.
Coral Princess
2 of 10 Best Mid-Size Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member revbruce1
Princess has both the embarkation and disembarkation dialed in. Despite the fact that there were probably close to 2,000 people on board, we did very little waiting.
Marella Explorer
3 of 10 Best Mid-Size Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member swamp snake
Embarkation was smooth and quickly done. The staff were very helpful and we were soon in our cabin, with cabin stewards greeting us. Our luggage was delivered within 30 mins.
Riviera
4 of 10 Best Mid-Size Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member ThurstonBow
Embarkation went very well. Quick, organized, efficient and we were able to board earlier than anticipated, which was nice.
Grandeur of the Seas
5 of 10 Best Mid-Size Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member MDR41
Fastest embarkation and debarkation EVER!! Wow. Walk on, walk off...that simple.
Maasdam
6 of 10 Best Mid-Size Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member traelee01
Embarkation was the easiest I've ever experienced.
Veendam
7 of 10 Best Mid-Size Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member lmz2005
We arrived at the terminal about 12:15pm and the embarkation process went quickly - the HAL employees were pleasant and personable – we were on the ship in maybe 30 minutes. All 3 pieces of our luggage arrived shortly after boarding.
Marella Celebration
8 of 10 Best Mid-Size Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member Claphaml
Embarkation was very well organized and it didn't take long before we had the key to our cabin.
Zuiderdam
9 of 10 Best Mid-Size Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member SWeaster
Overall, staff and crew on the MS Zuiderdam were very organized, efficient, friendly and courteous. The embarkation and disembarkation were systematic and well controlled.
Marella Dream
10 of 10 Best Mid-Size Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member Rach1987
The embarkation and disembarkation was the best we have ever had in the past.

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