There’s no denying it: When it comes to cruises, size matters. Big ships, the largest of which can carry more than 5,000 passengers, offer plenty of everything — restaurants, bars, entertainment, pools, and (of course) people. These cruises can be noisy, yet they allow you to retain your anonymity.

Small ships carry just a few hundred passengers: You’ll bump into shipmates often as there are fewer public spaces to choose from. 

Not sure which cruise you’d prefer? Read on to find out what size suits you best: