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 Embarkation

Pacific Princess
1 of 10 Best Small-Mid Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member ssbeagle
Embarkation went very smoothly without a hint of a queue and in fact we were allowed on the ship earlier than expected.
Viking Sea
2 of 10 Best Small-Mid Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member EricandKaren
I experienced first-hand the care Viking takes in every detail to assure passenger comfort. Embarkation went so smoothly due to there being a huge number of staff at every turn to direct us and answer questions.
Viking Sky
3 of 10 Best Small-Mid Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member Bluffton Gal
The embarkation process was outstanding, lasting no more than 5 minutes.
Seven Seas Voyager
4 of 10 Best Small-Mid Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member Beauxyeux
The ship was spotless and embarkation and debarkation both ran like clockwork.
Viking Star
5 of 10 Best Small-Mid Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member twister46
I was amazed at how quickly and efficiently the staff were able to get guests on and off the ship, for embarkation, excursions, and disembarkation.
Viking Sun
6 of 10 Best Small-Mid Cruise Ships for Embarkation
The embarkation process was a breeze & the staff very welcoming & friendly.
Viking Orion
7 of 10 Best Small-Mid Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member cparkan
Embarkation process went very smoothly and we were on ship within minutes of arriving at dock.
Seabourn Encore
8 of 10 Best Small-Mid Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member jpolich
A word on embarkation… The rooms were announced as ready shortly before 2PM. Luggage arrived promptly. In other words, this was as it should be, and virtually stress-free. It was the sign of a well-run operation, so kudos to them!
Silver Muse
9 of 10 Best Small-Mid Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member nenadiver
I can't say enough about how Silversea handled everything from pre-embarkation and post disembarkation was utterly amazing. They make one feel like royalty and truly cared for.
Azamara Quest
10 of 10 Best Small-Mid Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Photo by Cruise Critic member emnalmom1
Embarkation/disembarkation at ports ran very smoothly with little or no waiting time.

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