Posted September 25th, 2017, 09:59 AM
If she doesn't have a walk around promenade deck this will be a big mistake. The walk a mile, or two is very popular as we try to burn off the calories. I for one, am not happy with the increased size and passenger numbers. 2,000 passengers is more than enough - 3,000 not for me. Unless the design is something very special I won't be sailing on her. I would imagine they'll go for another Queen name. The new Saga ship looks very, very interesting.
It will have a walk around promenade deck, but not what you’re used to on the existing Cunard ships. The lifeboats pretty much sit directly on the deck in this design (not above it), so most of the walkway is a narrow deck behind the lifeboats with no view. There are a few open areas that have ocean views but most of it is blocked by boats.
New designs like the Royal Princess, Solstice Class, K-Dam with HAL, and MSC Fantasia Class all feature this design. It’s all about revenue. It enables the cruise lines to have another deck of balcony cabins without being obstructed by lifeboats. The trade off is no traditional promenade deck. A revenue enhancement wins out every time.
Also keep in mind this ship is a cheap way for Carnival Corp to add a ship to the Cunard fleet. Just repurpose an existing design.