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Does Size Matter? 🤔

Does Size Matter? 🤔  

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  1. 1. How Do You Like Her?

    • Small - Less than 109, 000 tons
    • Mid-Size 110,000 - 144,000 tons
    • Mega - 145,000+ tons


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I voted for Mid-Size. But when it comes down to it, I'm pretty sure I will have a good time on just about any size cruise ship.  

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We are not fans of those mega ships that carry thousands of passengers.

 

In fact, we don't even like HAL's newest ships -- Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam.

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On 10/17/2019 at 1:45 PM, Jamericannn said:

I’ve seen people write that they don’t like some ships because they are too large. As for myself, there is not such a thing as a ship being too large. It just means I have more options. What about you?

 

Bigger at first blush seems better, but things simply can't scale, big usually add more things; be it activities, or eating etc. etc.    But there are now more crowds chasing the same things making big crazy.   

 

Something in the middle is a better balance unless the gigships have figured out how to scale a speciality eating or hot activity to support a large % of people.   

 

But people like to think big is better, LOL. Personally like to select smallest that has what I want, silly to want to compete with a larger crowd for the same thing.

Edited by chipmaster

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2 hours ago, leaveitallbehind said:

Oasis is also the first Oasis class ship with RCI - there are now four total - Oasis, Allure, Harmony, and Symphony (and a fifth coming). 

 

Interesting that of the three Crystal ocean ships, RCI has "absconded" with the names of the first two - the Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony.  And in order.

 

If the next ship is Serenity of the Seas.....

Edited by FlyerTalker

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Size ????  of the ship....

 

basically once you get towards 3000 pax... smaller ports are an issue. particularly tender ones... shuttle buses etc

 

yes bigger floating hotels, have more to do, but what is wrong with a walk, read a book, talk to some people.

 

and yes size of the cabin is important as well.... 

 

Bigger is not always better...

 

Cheers Don

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1 hour ago, FlyerTalker said:

 

Interesting that of the three Crystal ocean ships, RCI has "absconded" with the names of the first two - the Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony.  And in order.

 

If the next ship is Serenity of the Seas.....

 

...and there is RCI Freedom and Carnival Freedom, and RCI Liberty, and Carnival Liberty - and I'm sure there are others across the industry.

 

The "distinction" is the RCI ships have "of the Sea" included in the names.

Edited by leaveitallbehind

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1 hour ago, FlyerTalker said:

 

Interesting that of the three Crystal ocean ships, RCI has "absconded" with the names of the first two - the Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony.  And in order.

Carnival, Royal, and Disney are the worst copycat offenders. 
 

Just a little trivia, but the Freedom and Liberty names were conceived as a reaction to 9/11, at a time when the country was feeling extra patriotic. 

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1 hour ago, Tapi said:

Carnival, Royal, and Disney are the worst copycat offenders. 
 

Just a little trivia, but the Freedom and Liberty names were conceived as a reaction to 9/11, at a time when the country was feeling extra patriotic. 

 

Are you referring to RCI or Carnvial?  And where are you getting this information?  With RCI, Freedom refers to the ship class, of which Freedom, Liberty, and Independence are ships launched in 2006, 2007, & 2008 respectively.

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33 minutes ago, leaveitallbehind said:

 

Are you referring to RCI or Carnvial?  And where are you getting this information?  With RCI, Freedom refers to the ship class, of which Freedom, Liberty, and Independence are ships launched in 2006, 2007, & 2008 respectively.

Both cruise lines. Freedom of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, and Liberty of the Seas on Royal, and Carnival Liberty and Carnival Freedom on Carnival. These 5 ships were launched between 2005 and 2008, but their names were selected around 2002, so a year after 9/11.

 

I was working for Carnival when these ships were launched, and the name selection was discussed at one of the meetings, and that’s what was explained. At that point in time, when the aftermath of 9/11 was still fresh in the memories of most Americans, it was determined that these names were uplifting and ideal for the new ships. 

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44 minutes ago, Tapi said:

Both cruise lines. Freedom of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, and Liberty of the Seas on Royal, and Carnival Liberty and Carnival Freedom on Carnival. These 5 ships were launched between 2005 and 2008, but their names were selected around 2002, so a year after 9/11.

 

I was working for Carnival when these ships were launched, and the name selection was discussed at one of the meetings, and that’s what was explained. At that point in time, when the aftermath of 9/11 was still fresh in the memories of most Americans, it was determined that these names were uplifting and ideal for the new ships. 

 

As you were with Carnival at the time then certainly that would be valid information.  Just surprising that both Carnival and RCI would have the same determination at the same time with the same names.

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1 hour ago, leaveitallbehind said:

 

As you were with Carnival at the time then certainly that would be valid information.  Just surprising that both Carnival and RCI would have the same determination at the same time with the same names.

 

Probably both employed the same market research company....lol.

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Bigger doesn't always mean better. Cruise line and itinerary trumps size for us. 

Edited by davekathy

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Size is relative.  I like luxury cruising and I am concerned that the Crystal ships are too large, around 900 passengers.

 

I remember sailing on the Seabourn triplets that carried around 200 passengers each. Ideal. Seabourn sold these and their new ships carry 600 passengers.  Cost efficiencies driving size.

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I am not a fan of the larger ships. If I want to see a great show I prefer a trip to Broadway or another great live theater city. If I were to decide to go zip lining I'd rather it was over a rainforest. Surfing? A trip to Hawaii seems much more ideal than a shipbound wave pool.

There are plenty of tremendous amusement parks that have a great deal more appeal to me than what a ship can provide.

My reasons for choosing a cruise are either for an easy laidback relaxing cruise around the Caribbean, or more likely, to explore an area of the world I have never visited before = the destination is the draw, and megaships cant get to the smaller ports - and there is serious discussion on their impact on the environment in larger ports.

The ship experience is more personal and enjoyable for me on the less than 2500 passenger size cruise. 

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Small is less than 109,000 tonnage?  Not in my book...

 

The ship I've sailed on most frequently in the last few years carries about 350 pax and is about 12,000 tons! No casino, no kids' club, no production shows, no specialty restaurants.

 

I don't need Entertainment with a capital "E" onboard a ship. I travel for the destinations and enjoy entertainment that is low key -- lectures about the destinations visited, a nice quartet or trio of musicians, a few solo artists -- these are fine with me. While my focus is mainly on what I do ashore, I enjoy the relative lack of any class distinctions on the ship and also sailing with other like-minded passengers that I am going to run into repeatedly during the cruise rather than a one-and-done convo at dinner.

 

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2 hours ago, cruisemom42 said:

 

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I enjoy the relative lack of any class distinctions on the ship and also sailing with other like-minded passengers that I am going to run into repeatedly during the cruise rather than a one-and-done convo at dinner.

 

This is a major factor in choosing a ship — if you are on a huge ship with a lot of “amenities” which you do not really want, you will be with thousands of people who likely chose it for those ”amenities” and you are unlikely to have much in common with them.  As one of the attractions of cruising is interacting with others, it makes sense to pick a ship which has characteristics you want - meaning you will be with people with common interests.

 

If you want a booze cruise, stay away from Voyages to Antiquity - you would likely be bored and lonely.  If you like tranquility and intelligent conversation, you might not want a three or four day March cruise to the Bahamas on Carnival or NCL.

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We like 'em all!!

 

In the winter, we cruise for 3-4 weeks to get away from the cold.  For those cruises, we prefer the larger ships.  We loved our cruises on the Oasis class ships.  We pick & choose what activities/entertainment we attend, spend a lot of time on our balconies, don't really care about the ports, as long as the weather is HOT HOT HOT.  Our main consideration for this type of cruise is $$$.  Our next cruise on a big ship is on the Nieuw Statendam (big for HAL, that is, not necessarily Royal or Princess or Carnival!).  We're curious to see how HAL handles a big ship, and hopefully there will be a younger demographic.  For the Caribbean, we like the overall vibe that a good mix of ages provides.

 

When we cruise to explore, as we usually do once or twice a year, we prefer the smaller ships.  As mentioned several times, they can get into some very interesting & wonderful ports around the world that the larger ships simply cannot.  Itinerary is our most important consideration for these cruises, then size, then $$$.  Next fall we'll be on Serenade of the Seas in Australia & New Zealand.

Edited by Lady Chew

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I hate large ships.  We do most of our cruising on R class ships.  A passenger count of 600 - 800 is plenty big for me.  I don't need a floating amusement part.  I just want transportation.

 

DON

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I always get a kick out of the posts that say “if I wanted xxx, I’d go to xxx on land.”  Other than being out at sea, anything about a cruise can be found on land. Just because a ship has a zip line doesn’t mean it doesn’t also have quiet lounges. 
 

Those of us who have actually cruised on and love all ships know both small and large ships have their advantages and disadvantages. 

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On 10/18/2019 at 12:22 PM, Aquahound said:

 

DarrenM was just making a joke. 

I was aware his comment was "tongue in cheek", however it doesn't change the fact that Gross Tonnage has nothing to do with weight. 

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6 hours ago, Heidi13 said:

I was aware his comment was "tongue in cheek", however it doesn't change the fact that Gross Tonnage has nothing to do with weight. 

No it wasnt. I was being serious.

 

The fact I have no idea about the gross weight subject is irrelevant.i was merely saying I ate and drank that much the ship was a tonne heavier. Which was factually correct.

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8 hours ago, Cruzaholic41 said:

I always get a kick out of the posts that say “if I wanted xxx, I’d go to xxx on land.”  Other than being out at sea, anything about a cruise can be found on land. Just because a ship has a zip line doesn’t mean it doesn’t also have quiet lounges. 
 

Those of us who have actually cruised on and love all ships know both small and large ships have their advantages and disadvantages. 

 

There are some things you can accomplish on a cruise ship that you can't on land.  Remote regions, places without much tourism infrastructure or locations you want to see but don't want to spend a week there.  A hotel room on Bora Bora doesn't compare to a cruise through French Polynesia particularly if it includes the Marquesas.  Easter Island is great but a one day cruise excursion would be sufficient.   A week-long Alaskan cruise  is more appealing than a week in Juneau with a rental car.

 

I don't love the boat.  The idea of being crammed for week on floating behemoth with several thousand other people steaming from one Caribbean port to another has zero appeal when for the same cost I will have a more enjoyable and relaxing sun vacation at an all-inclusive resort.  

 

 

 

 

Edited by K32682

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57 minutes ago, K32682 said:

Easter Island is great but a one day cruise excursion would be sufficient.  

 

I would disagree there. It took us nearly a week to cover all the sights and walk all the trails🤗.

 

I would say it is less about size and more about amenities. The mega ship operators could just as easily have filled the space with more rooms but they choose to fill it with shopping malls and theme parks which logistically is more difficult to build and probably costs more to run. Those ships are really built to accomodate the amenities and the size is just a consequence of that. To me the question really should be less about the size of the ship and more about how many and what type of amenities are really important to you. I myself am a pretty simple person and don't need much though I will admit I find some of those maga ships pretty impressive feat of engineering😀.

 

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