Originally posted by: MrChocoholic
Age isn't necessarily the factor, it's the amount of wear-and-tear the ship has undergone and the degree to which it has been maintained. Machines wear out not over time, but through use or in some cases, abuse. Metal will dent and rust of course, paint and other finishes will chip and peel at varying rates depending on the elements. Interior fittings such as table edges, upholstery, carpeting, sink edges, drawers, paneling near doorways, all these are being constantly beaten and bombarded by babies, drunks, clumsy teenagers, drunks, wheelchairs and mobility scooters, drunks, room-service, stewards' carts, drunks, sand, spilled everything, dropped electric shavers and drunks. Why do you think the luxury lines don't spend nearly the amount of time and money to repair and maintain their older ships that Carnival does? Fewer, moneyed people over 50 treat ships more gently which prolongs their lives. The ships, not the passengers.