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S, M, or L--Choose Your Just-Right Cruise Size

S, M, or L--Choose Your Just-Right Cruise Size

CS, M, or L--Choose Your Just-Right Cruise Size
Alaskan Dream Cruises

Cruising is all about the journey and the destination--and what makes or breaks your journey often comes down to the size and style of the ship you choose. Too big, and you'll feel lost on a floating city; too small, and you might feel you don't have enough options.

With a veritable sea of choices for cruise lines, ships, and itineraries, it's easy to feel like you're drowning in details. So consider Hideaways your life preserver! We've spent 35 years cruising on lines from pretty big to really small--and everything in between. Here, we've narrowed down your choices to just our favorites in the S, M, and L cruise ship categories--so you can find one that's just right for you!

Cruise Line

Ship Size

Destination Focus

Unique Aspects

Other Insight

Star Clippers

Small: 3 fully masted sailing vessels--two at 170 guests, plus the 227-passenger Royal Clipper

The ultimate sea-going experience, combining the adventure and tradition of sailing with the service, amenities, and accommodations of a modern yacht

Climb the mast (with safety harness provided) to Royal Clipper's passenger crows-nest, furnished with a comfortable settee

Open dining on all three ships; unique Grand Mediterranean Voyages from 12-21 nights; casual on-board style with very international passenger list

Sea Cloud Cruises

Small: 2 sailing yachts carrying just 65 and 96 guests, plus an 88-guest river-cruising vessel

Unique transatlantic crossings; new spring programs in the Azores; winter sailings in Costa Rica

Authentic nautical "hoisting-the-sails" experience of a true sailing yacht; elegant staterooms reminiscent of the golden age of sailing

Unique on-board panache; camaraderie among like-minded guests


Small: A fleet of 19 river vessels ranging in size from 28 to 212 passengers

Brand-new cruise program on the Irrawaddy River of Myanmar (Burma); itineraries in Africa, Russia, and Vietnam/Cambodia

Unique themed itineraries like Chocolate, Christmas Markets, and Jewish Heritage

Daily guided excursions; fleet of bicycles for guest use; wireless Internet access

Oceania Cruises

Medium/Large: 3 ships at 684 guests, plus the Marina and Riviera, each carrying 1,250 guests

Unique, longer voyages (avg. 12-16 days) in Europe, Asia, and South America

Celebrity chefs; country-club-casual atmosphere; known for innovative cuisine

A sleek and pampering Canyon Ranch SpaClub® on all five ships; good value for a premium line

Silversea Cruises

Small/Medium: 8 ships at 132 to 540 guests, including 3 expedition ships

Expedition cruising to far-flung destinations including the Arctic regions, Australia, and the Galapagos Islands

Complimentary shore-side events exclusively for Silversea guests on select voyages

All-suite cabins, most with private teak balconies; butler service on every ship

Paul Gauguin Cruises

Small: 2 ships, the m/s Paul Gauguin, carrying 332 guests, and the 88-passenger m/v Tere Moana

Both ships designed to visit small ports that larger ships can't reach; the Paul Gauguin in Tahiti and the Society Islands, and the Moana in Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean

Offering the most luxurious ship sailing in Tahiti on a year-round basis; every cruise features the Gauguines--a local Tahitian group that serves as cruise staff, entertainers, and storytellers

All-inclusive cruising with on-board gratuities and comp. beverages (including fine wines and premium spirits); retractable Watersports Marina with kayaks and more

Alaskan Dream Cruises

Small: 3 vessels carrying 66 or fewer passengers

Plying the waters of Alaska's Inside Passage for adventure cruising that the big ships just can't deliver

Offers in-depth expedition-style forays into the great Alaskan wilds; small ships that give you an up-close look at glaciers and wildlife

A chance to experience Alaska and its beauty through the eyes of true Alaskans

Ponant Yacht Cruises and Expeditions

Small: 3 yacht-like ships carrying up to 264 guests, and the 64-passenger, three-masted sailing vessel Le Ponant

Specializing in out-of-the-way ports in Northern Europe & the Baltic, Asia, and The Great North

Stylish expedition cruising to Antarctica aboard the luxurious Le Boréal; new cruise programs on the Irrawaddy River of Myanmar

Visits much smaller ports and often without tendering in, so you spend more time ashore

For more details, or to book your cruise today, get in touch with your Hideaways Cruise Specialist (toll-free: 800-843-4433 or email: Each agent is an expert at matching your cruise style and needs to the line, ship, and itinerary that's just right for you.

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