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  1. I’m from Texas, I’ll admit I have never sailed on a Fred Olsen ship under Fred Olsen ownership, but I have sailed on four of their ships when they were known as the Norwegian Dynasty, Norwegian Crown, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam. Here is something every potential cruise customer should know, (1) the cruise line can replace the ship at any time, (2) the cruise line can change the itinerary at any time, and (3) the cruise line can cancel the cruise at any time. Choosing a cruise based upon a specific ship, a specific port, or a specific length of time is a mistake. You should pick a cruise based on things that rarely change. Things like daily activities on board, fixed or open seating, dress up nights or not, casinos or not, kid friendly or not, the general cruise area, etc. Too many reviews place emphasis on food menus, size of cabins, cruise directors, room stewards, and entertainers; all the things that can change between cruises. Captains, cruise directors, chefs, entertainers, room stewards, in fact every crew member aboard the ship can change between cruises. What is more important is the general atmosphere aboard the ships any cruise line encourages from its headquarters. How well do they manage you and the ship when things go wrong, like the equipment breaking down, bad weather at sea, bad weather in ports, virus outbreaks aboard the ships, etc. when looking at reviews here at cruise critic, that is what you should be looking for.
  2. No doubt the layout differences between a Lanai cabin and Outside cabin contributes to the spaciousness differences. You have a glass door onto the Promenade Deck vs a headboard of a bed under a window at that location. Never-the-less, the sizes of the different cabins are the same. The decision to be made by the customer is whether you want a second door or a window at that location in your cabin. You would prefer a window, others may prefer a door. Is it not nice to have choices?
  3. Several websites indicate the size of Deck 3 outside cabins, including Lanai types, at 197 sq. ft. or 19 sq. m. Sizes of outside cabins of Deck 1 and 2 cabins are listed as the same. Those toward the pointed end, the bow, are smaller, while those with wheelchair access are larger. just about the same can be said about every cabin class. Inside cabins sizes are 182 sq. ft. or 17 sq. m. Veranda deck suites are 229 sq. ft. or 22 sq. m. Navigation deck suites are 386 sq. ft. or 36 sq. m. Penthouse suites are 937 sq. ft. or 88 sq. m. Let's compare that to the Balmoral. Inside cabin sizes 160 sq. ft. or 16 sq. m. Outside cabin sizes 165 sq. ft. or 16 sq. m. Balcony cabins are 197 sq. ft. or 18 sq. m. Superior Suites are 275 sq. ft. or 26 sq. m. Marquee Suites are 390 sq. ft. or 36 sq, m. Penthouse Suites are 430 sq. ft. or 40 sq, m. Inside 17/16 x 100 = 106.25% Outside 19/16 x 100 = 118.7% Smallest Suites 22/26 x 100 = 84.6% Middle Suite 36/36 x 100 = 100 Penthouse Suites 88/40 x 100 = 220%
  4. The large cabin sizes, 25% larger than most at the same type of cabin, will surely spoil future cruisers on these ships. I would not be surprised if FOCL buys the remaining two Rotterdam class ships when HAL decides to sell them.
  5. Come on guys, can’t anyone in Britain travel to Edinburgh and post some decent photos? Fred. Olsen has posted one video of both of them in the shipyard, not sure if it okay to link it here. But it is available on their YouTube site. i was hoping for better photos than a YouTube video.
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