Originally Posted by kevin
I think she was a generic use multi-purpose starship probably built in decent numbers and ready and capable for a variety of missions including exploration, transport, offenxe/defence and the like.
In other words - a normal ship.
That's the general description of a cruiser in Starfleet, IMO. The Miranda-class generally falls into that category.
could have been a medium cruiser, while the Enterprise
might have been designated a heavy cruiser...