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#1
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Calling all U.K.-based cruisers. In December, Cruise Critic will be launching our UK-based sister site. In preparation for the launch, we've put together a short questionnaire, and we'd very much like your input. The survey can be found here: http://www.cruisecritic.com/polls/poll_uk.cfm

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#2
Nottingham, UK
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Dan,

Sounds very interesting times ahead, and maybe will see that OV has two ships (Ocean Village 2 still doesn't exist in any reviews/roll-calls/menus etc..)

As long as we have common port boards as after all excursions at a port are the same no matter what country you started off in!
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COMING UP:
Norwegian Bliss - inaugural cruise 21st April 2018
Independence of the Seas - mini cruise - August 2018
Symphony Of The Seas - 30th Sept 2018
Navigator of the Seas -80s Festival - 12th October 2018
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COMPLETED CRUISES (31 cruises, 12 ships, 254 nights at sea)
Norwegian Jade - May '17 11nt UK circumnavigation; Aug '17 15nt Iceland/Norway
Harmony of the Seas - Sept '16 7nt west med; May/June '16 7nt Maiden Voyage ; May '16 3nt Preview Cherbourg; May '16 4nt Preview Rotterdam
Norwegian Epic - Apr '16 10nt extended West Med; Sept '15 6nt Iberian Penisula; Sept '14 7nt West Med; October '13 13nt westbound transatlantic; Sep '13 7nt west med; October '12 13nt Westbound Transatlantic; Apr/May '12 7nt West Med; May/Jun '11 7nt West Med
Norwegian Escape - Oct/Nov '15 10nt Transatlantic inaugural cruise - Southampton - Miami; Oct '15 TA preview cruise - Southampton CTN; Oct '15 1nt Southampton CTN
Anthem of the Seas - Oct '15 3nt sampler cruise

Allure of the Seas - May '15 5nt West Med
Norwegian Spirit - Mar '15 10nt Canary Islands;
Mar '14 9nt Canary/Morocco
Independence of the Seas - May '14 6nt France/Spain; Dec '10 11nt Canaries
Norwegian Getaway - Jan '14 sampler
Norwegian Breakaway - May 13 7nt Inaugural Transatlantic
Ocean Village 1 - Aug '10 7nt West Med; Jan '08 14nt Central Americas; April '07 17nt Trans Atlantic Barbados-Crete; May '06 14nt West Med; May '05 14nt West Med
Ocean Village 2 - Apr '09 7nt Maiden East Med Pyramids
#3
Scotland, UK
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Agree with Craig - I'd wonder how you'd get the wealth of info with only Brits giving their opinion on ports.
However, I would be very interested to hear more from Brits, as I feel they are fairly quiet on these boards.
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Ocean Village 1 b2b East Caribbean - Nov 2005 (with kids)
Thomsons Emerald b2b Caribbean - Oct 1999
Thomsons Island Breeze (innaugeral sailing) b2b Med. - July 1997
#4
Scotland, UK
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Hmmm odd.

Did the poll, but there was an error page given after it was sent.

Tried to e.mail you Dan but it was returned saying it had fatal errors and there was (may be forged) in one part!
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Ocean Village 1 b2b, West Caribbean Inauggeral Cruise - Nov 2007 (Missed Ocho Rios & Grand Cayman )
Ocean Village 1 b2b East Caribbean - Nov 2005 (with kids)
Thomsons Emerald b2b Caribbean - Oct 1999
Thomsons Island Breeze (innaugeral sailing) b2b Med. - July 1997
#5
Barbados
26,596 Posts
Joined May 2007
Originally posted by Single Cruiser
..........
and maybe will see that OV has two ships
(Ocean Village 2 still doesn't exist in any reviews/roll-calls/menus etc..)
I went looking at http://cruiseclues.com/shipstips/
for statistics (LOA, displacement, etc.) for Ocean Village 2
but had no luck.
I figure in cruiseclues doesn't have it....

Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Is there a website anywhere that can fill me in?
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Nottingham, UK
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Originally posted by aplmac
I went looking at http://cruiseclues.com/shipstips/
for statistics (LOA, displacement, etc.) for Ocean Village 2
but had no luck.
I figure in cruiseclues doesn't have it....

Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Is there a website anywhere that can fill me in?
Ocean Village Two

Engines: 2
Country of Registry: Bermuda
Stabilisers: 2 x fin type
Port of Registry: Hamilton
Gross tonnage: 63,524 tons
Bow thrusters: 2
Stern thrusters: 2
Length overall: 245.60 metres
Crew: 677
Breadth: 32 metres (105 feet)
Draught (full): 8.2 metres (27 feet)
Service speed: 20 knots
Passenger decks: 11
Passengers: 1,708 regular passenger capacity; 2,014 maximum passenger capacity
Passenger space ratio: 44.0 tons with regular passenger capacity; 36.7 tons with maximum passenger capacity
Passenger cabins: 832: 198 outside cabins with balcony, 628 outside cabins. Including 10 wheelchair accessible, 197 inside cabins
Passenger facilities:

Ocean Village Two
Bistro endorsed by celebrity TV chef James Martin
Waterfront restaurant
Plantation restaurant
Mediterranean style deck restaurant, La Luna
4 entertainment venues
8 bars
4 shops
Karma Spa, steam and sauna zone
Karma Gym and Fitness
Hair and beauty salon
2 swimming pools
2 Jacuzzis
Casino
Internet café
Reception desk
3-deck atrium
Children's and teenagers' zones
Night nursery
Medical centre
9 passenger lifts




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COMING UP:
Norwegian Bliss - inaugural cruise 21st April 2018
Independence of the Seas - mini cruise - August 2018
Symphony Of The Seas - 30th Sept 2018
Navigator of the Seas -80s Festival - 12th October 2018
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COMPLETED CRUISES (31 cruises, 12 ships, 254 nights at sea)
Norwegian Jade - May '17 11nt UK circumnavigation; Aug '17 15nt Iceland/Norway
Harmony of the Seas - Sept '16 7nt west med; May/June '16 7nt Maiden Voyage ; May '16 3nt Preview Cherbourg; May '16 4nt Preview Rotterdam
Norwegian Epic - Apr '16 10nt extended West Med; Sept '15 6nt Iberian Penisula; Sept '14 7nt West Med; October '13 13nt westbound transatlantic; Sep '13 7nt west med; October '12 13nt Westbound Transatlantic; Apr/May '12 7nt West Med; May/Jun '11 7nt West Med
Norwegian Escape - Oct/Nov '15 10nt Transatlantic inaugural cruise - Southampton - Miami; Oct '15 TA preview cruise - Southampton CTN; Oct '15 1nt Southampton CTN
Anthem of the Seas - Oct '15 3nt sampler cruise

Allure of the Seas - May '15 5nt West Med
Norwegian Spirit - Mar '15 10nt Canary Islands;
Mar '14 9nt Canary/Morocco
Independence of the Seas - May '14 6nt France/Spain; Dec '10 11nt Canaries
Norwegian Getaway - Jan '14 sampler
Norwegian Breakaway - May 13 7nt Inaugural Transatlantic
Ocean Village 1 - Aug '10 7nt West Med; Jan '08 14nt Central Americas; April '07 17nt Trans Atlantic Barbados-Crete; May '06 14nt West Med; May '05 14nt West Med
Ocean Village 2 - Apr '09 7nt Maiden East Med Pyramids
#7
Nottingham, UK
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And for comparison:

The original Ocean Village

Engines: 4 diesel electric
Country of Registry: United Kingdom
Stabilisers: 2 x fin type
Port of Registry: London
Bow thrusters: 2
Gross tonnage: 63,500 tons
Stern thrusters: 1
Length overall: 247 metres (811 feet)
Crew: 514
Breadth: 32 metres (105 feet)
Draught (full): 8.2 metres (27 feet)
Service speed: 21.5 knots
Passenger decks: 11
Passengers: 1,578 regular passenger capacity, 1,856 maximum passenger capacity
Passenger space ratio: 39.1 tons with regular passenger capacity, 37.5 tons with maximum passenger capacity
Passenger cabins: 801: 64 outside cabins with balcony, 552 outside cabins, including 10 wheelchair accessible, 185 inside cabins

Passenger facilities

3-deck atrium
5 lounges
8 bars
Waterfront restaurant
Mediterranean style deck café
Bistro restaurant
2 swimming pools
internet café
4 shops
4 Jacuzzis
The Marquee
Cinema
Health spa
Casino
Ocean view gym
Hair and beauty salon
Jogging track
Spa including sauna and massage
Children's paddling pool
Night nursery
Children's and teenagers' rooms
9 passenger lifts
Medical centre
Reception desk
7,000 sq. m. of open deck space
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COMING UP:
Norwegian Bliss - inaugural cruise 21st April 2018
Independence of the Seas - mini cruise - August 2018
Symphony Of The Seas - 30th Sept 2018
Navigator of the Seas -80s Festival - 12th October 2018
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COMPLETED CRUISES (31 cruises, 12 ships, 254 nights at sea)
Norwegian Jade - May '17 11nt UK circumnavigation; Aug '17 15nt Iceland/Norway
Harmony of the Seas - Sept '16 7nt west med; May/June '16 7nt Maiden Voyage ; May '16 3nt Preview Cherbourg; May '16 4nt Preview Rotterdam
Norwegian Epic - Apr '16 10nt extended West Med; Sept '15 6nt Iberian Penisula; Sept '14 7nt West Med; October '13 13nt westbound transatlantic; Sep '13 7nt west med; October '12 13nt Westbound Transatlantic; Apr/May '12 7nt West Med; May/Jun '11 7nt West Med
Norwegian Escape - Oct/Nov '15 10nt Transatlantic inaugural cruise - Southampton - Miami; Oct '15 TA preview cruise - Southampton CTN; Oct '15 1nt Southampton CTN
Anthem of the Seas - Oct '15 3nt sampler cruise

Allure of the Seas - May '15 5nt West Med
Norwegian Spirit - Mar '15 10nt Canary Islands;
Mar '14 9nt Canary/Morocco
Independence of the Seas - May '14 6nt France/Spain; Dec '10 11nt Canaries
Norwegian Getaway - Jan '14 sampler
Norwegian Breakaway - May 13 7nt Inaugural Transatlantic
Ocean Village 1 - Aug '10 7nt West Med; Jan '08 14nt Central Americas; April '07 17nt Trans Atlantic Barbados-Crete; May '06 14nt West Med; May '05 14nt West Med
Ocean Village 2 - Apr '09 7nt Maiden East Med Pyramids
#8
Nottingham, UK
7,033 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
And if you want to see them together, both will be in port at Barbados on Weds 21st November, so get that camera ready
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COMING UP:
Norwegian Bliss - inaugural cruise 21st April 2018
Independence of the Seas - mini cruise - August 2018
Symphony Of The Seas - 30th Sept 2018
Navigator of the Seas -80s Festival - 12th October 2018
---------------
COMPLETED CRUISES (31 cruises, 12 ships, 254 nights at sea)
Norwegian Jade - May '17 11nt UK circumnavigation; Aug '17 15nt Iceland/Norway
Harmony of the Seas - Sept '16 7nt west med; May/June '16 7nt Maiden Voyage ; May '16 3nt Preview Cherbourg; May '16 4nt Preview Rotterdam
Norwegian Epic - Apr '16 10nt extended West Med; Sept '15 6nt Iberian Penisula; Sept '14 7nt West Med; October '13 13nt westbound transatlantic; Sep '13 7nt west med; October '12 13nt Westbound Transatlantic; Apr/May '12 7nt West Med; May/Jun '11 7nt West Med
Norwegian Escape - Oct/Nov '15 10nt Transatlantic inaugural cruise - Southampton - Miami; Oct '15 TA preview cruise - Southampton CTN; Oct '15 1nt Southampton CTN
Anthem of the Seas - Oct '15 3nt sampler cruise

Allure of the Seas - May '15 5nt West Med
Norwegian Spirit - Mar '15 10nt Canary Islands;
Mar '14 9nt Canary/Morocco
Independence of the Seas - May '14 6nt France/Spain; Dec '10 11nt Canaries
Norwegian Getaway - Jan '14 sampler
Norwegian Breakaway - May 13 7nt Inaugural Transatlantic
Ocean Village 1 - Aug '10 7nt West Med; Jan '08 14nt Central Americas; April '07 17nt Trans Atlantic Barbados-Crete; May '06 14nt West Med; May '05 14nt West Med
Ocean Village 2 - Apr '09 7nt Maiden East Med Pyramids
#9
Barbados
26,596 Posts
Joined May 2007
Originally posted by Single Cruiser
And if you want to see them together,
both will be in port at Barbados on Weds 21st November,
so get that camera ready
Thanks very much for those stats!

My only other cruise was on Carnival Destiny, in May this year
so I tend to make size comparisons with Destiny(human nature,sorry!)
OV2 seems very little smaller than Destiny..so I'm happy...
don't think I fancy smaller ships much.

Wed. 21st.Nov. is a DATE, buddy!
Just last night The Wife asked if OV2 is coming thru here, prior to our Jan.2 cruise
and I was happy to tell her Yes,on about 7 occasions!
but this is just too much.
I shall be there, foul weather being the only opt out
and you should see the resultant pics on my Cruise Ships visiting Barbados website
within a few hrs.!

On both counts, thanks very much.
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#10
Scotland, UK
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Looking at the stats, my interpretation is that the ships are basically the same size, but OV2 has quite a few more cabins. Does that mean they are smaller?
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Ocean Village 1 b2b, West Caribbean Inauggeral Cruise - Nov 2007 (Missed Ocho Rios & Grand Cayman )
Ocean Village 1 b2b East Caribbean - Nov 2005 (with kids)
Thomsons Emerald b2b Caribbean - Oct 1999
Thomsons Island Breeze (innaugeral sailing) b2b Med. - July 1997
#11
Nottingham, UK
7,033 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
There are more larger cabins on OV2 however there is a lot less open-space and public space, for example where OV1 has the Moviedrome, OV2 has about another 10 or so cabins.

On deck 6 Village square OV1 has shops either side, on OV2 there are about another 20 cabins, and there is your 30 cabins.

Also look at things like on OV2 there are no sports nets on deck 14, thats base camp on OV2 and where base camp is on deck 11 on OV1, on OV2 its more cabins.

They were originally built as sister ships in '89 and '90 which is why the layout is similar. They have just used the space differently.

Also note that OV1 has the same engine plant (4 engines) as QE2 - it was originally desgned as a steam ship, hence the large funnel housing whereas OV2 is the more traditional 2 engine.
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COMING UP:
Norwegian Bliss - inaugural cruise 21st April 2018
Independence of the Seas - mini cruise - August 2018
Symphony Of The Seas - 30th Sept 2018
Navigator of the Seas -80s Festival - 12th October 2018
---------------
COMPLETED CRUISES (31 cruises, 12 ships, 254 nights at sea)
Norwegian Jade - May '17 11nt UK circumnavigation; Aug '17 15nt Iceland/Norway
Harmony of the Seas - Sept '16 7nt west med; May/June '16 7nt Maiden Voyage ; May '16 3nt Preview Cherbourg; May '16 4nt Preview Rotterdam
Norwegian Epic - Apr '16 10nt extended West Med; Sept '15 6nt Iberian Penisula; Sept '14 7nt West Med; October '13 13nt westbound transatlantic; Sep '13 7nt west med; October '12 13nt Westbound Transatlantic; Apr/May '12 7nt West Med; May/Jun '11 7nt West Med
Norwegian Escape - Oct/Nov '15 10nt Transatlantic inaugural cruise - Southampton - Miami; Oct '15 TA preview cruise - Southampton CTN; Oct '15 1nt Southampton CTN
Anthem of the Seas - Oct '15 3nt sampler cruise

Allure of the Seas - May '15 5nt West Med
Norwegian Spirit - Mar '15 10nt Canary Islands;
Mar '14 9nt Canary/Morocco
Independence of the Seas - May '14 6nt France/Spain; Dec '10 11nt Canaries
Norwegian Getaway - Jan '14 sampler
Norwegian Breakaway - May 13 7nt Inaugural Transatlantic
Ocean Village 1 - Aug '10 7nt West Med; Jan '08 14nt Central Americas; April '07 17nt Trans Atlantic Barbados-Crete; May '06 14nt West Med; May '05 14nt West Med
Ocean Village 2 - Apr '09 7nt Maiden East Med Pyramids