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Can anyone tell me what are the smallest and largest cruise ships used for a world cruise, in terms of number of passemgers? I'm trying to get an idea of where the Island Princess fits in with 2200 passengers. Thanks!

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57 minutes ago, sjde said:

Can anyone tell me what are the smallest and largest cruise ships used for a world cruise, in terms of number of passemgers? I'm trying to get an idea of where the Island Princess fits in with 2200 passengers. Thanks!

 

Smallest - probably Silversea at < 300

 

Largest - MSC Divina at about 3,500

 

Note - Princess is using the Coral Princess R/T Sydney, which is the French built sister ship to Island. Unfortunately, Princess added additional cabins to Island, which was such a failure that the same modifications were not completed on Coral. Therefore, Coral is a superior ship to Island. 

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7 hours ago, sjde said:

Can anyone tell me what are the smallest and largest cruise ships used for a world cruise, in terms of number of passemgers? I'm trying to get an idea of where the Island Princess fits in with 2200 passengers. Thanks!

 

The Amsterdam's guest capacity was around 1300.  Never felt "full" except at prime meal times in the Lido Restaurant.  Two seatings for dinner; never had an issue in finding a seat in the theater for a show or presentation.  Plenty of open deck space for observing the area in which the ship was sailing and deck chairs.  IMO, a major advantage to HAL ships is the Crow's Nest regarding to sightseeing.  During inclement weather when the ship is sailing in a scenic area, one can be inside, with seating, and if commentary is being provided, one can hear what the commentator is saying.  

 

6 hours ago, Heidi13 said:

Unfortunately, Princess added additional cabins to Island, which was such a failure that the same modifications were not completed on Coral. Therefore, Coral is a superior ship to Island. 

 

Island Princess got "butchered" just as HAL did to the Rotterdam and the Veendam.  All in the name of trying to increase revenue, but to the disadvantage of the guests.  Check the deck plans for Island Princess as compared to Coral Princess.  Pay attention to the aft areas of the ships.  Island lost a large public room and open deck space for guests for sightseeing possibilities.  I have sailed on Coral Princess on an Alaskan cruise.  She is a very comfortable and guest friendly ship.  Note:  neither Coral or Island Princess have a forward facing lounge like the Crow's Nest.  Their buffet restaurant occupies that space.  Sightseeing during meal times?  Good luck finding a seat!  Out of meal times:  the seating is less comfortable as one should find in the Crow's Nest.  

 

 

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2 hours ago, rkacruiser said:

Island Princess got "butchered" just as HAL did to the Rotterdam and the Veendam.  All in the name of trying to increase revenue, but to the disadvantage of the guests.  Check the deck plans for Island Princess as compared to Coral Princess.  Pay attention to the aft areas of the ships.  Island lost a large public room and open deck space for guests for sightseeing possibilities.  I have sailed on Coral Princess on an Alaskan cruise.  She is a very comfortable and guest friendly ship.  Note:  neither Coral or Island Princess have a forward facing lounge like the Crow's Nest.  Their buffet restaurant occupies that space.  Sightseeing during meal times?  Good luck finding a seat!  Out of meal times:  the seating is less comfortable as one should find in the Crow's Nest.  

 

 

 

When we would sail with Princess, the Island, Coral, Diamond and Sapphire were our 4 favourite ships. Haven't sailed on Island since it was Carnavalised, but have not read any positive comments.

 

They also ruined the Grand Class from Caribbean Princess onward. They added an extra full deck of cabins, but same hull and public spaces. The original Grands, of which Diamond & Sapphire were the 2 best, as they were built in Japan, were great ships. 

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So no other line has anything like the Crow's Nest for sightseeing?  Sounds like that would be great for Alaska.

 

 What are some of the small ports a ship with 2200 pssengers would be too large to go to?

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31 minutes ago, sjde said:

So no other line has anything like the Crow's Nest for sightseeing?  Sounds like that would be great for Alaska.

 

 What are some of the small ports a ship with 2200 pssengers would be too large to go to?

 

Negative, panoramic lounges are/were available on many ships.

 

Viking has the double deck Explorer's Lounge fwd on Decks 7 & 8. Very comfortable lounge, with a bar on Dk 7. Both decks have an extensive library operating on the honour systen and lots of comfortable chairs.

 

With the main-stream lines, fwd facing lounges are becoming locations that require an extra fee. Princess have the Sanctuary, which on the ships we sailed with is more of an outer deck space, with covers.

 

Princess Grand Class ships have a lounge/nightclub across the stern that has almost 360 degree views. When we sailed with Princess that lounge was free, not sure about present.

 

RKA can confirm, but I seem to recall reading that the HAL Crow's Nest also requires an extra fee.

 

Royal Caribbean ships had the signature Viking Crown Lounge at the funnel, which had a good panorama view of the horizon. Not sure if they still exist.

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11 hours ago, sjde said:

So no other line has anything like the Crow's Nest for sightseeing?  Sounds like that would be great for Alaska.

Every ship I’ve been on in the past 30 years or so of cruising has had a forward lounge on a high deck for viewing the scenery.

 

Oceania does the world cruise in Insignia ... 684 pax ... forward lounge Horizons on deck 10.

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I was just on Holland America’s Zaandam before the shutdown. There was no fee to use the Crows Nest then, nor has there been anytime I’ve sailed with HAL. Cunard’s ships also all have forward facing lounges, and none of them charge a fee. 

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