Someone stated they love the looks of the mega ships. I'm guessing they weren't around for the, what we now call, smaller ships. What's a small ship now ? Norwegian Spirit ? Carnival Triumph / Victory ? Our first ships were the Carnival Holiday, and the Norway. At the time, the Holiday was Carnivals largest ship. The Norway predates Freestyle Cruising. Both are gone. Now, you get to cruise with a large town of people. There is no, individuality to the ships. I don't take a cruise to go to an amusement park. I can go to Coney Island or Seaside Heights for that. Cruising doesn't have the cache it used to. There is no glitz & glamour. The shows are often compared to HS musicals. The food is at times pedestrian at best. And many of the passengers are boisterous, bullying, louts who think that they can do anything they want because they are on vacation. They think the cabin steward is akin to their slave for the week. Seating may be at a premium in the atrium for a movie, but I'll bet someone has their feet up on a second chair.
How about this one. We were getting ready to watch something, Super Bowl I think, in the atrium one year. Seating was tough, but we found three chairs( we needed 4 ). A guy had his feet up on a chair so I politely asked if I could have it. He told me no, that he was comfortable the way he was. I called over a rep from the cruise ship, who saw it my way, and told the person to give up the extra chair. After some rude comments he said fine, take it, and kicked it over. I said " No! Give me the chair you're sitting on ! Why should I sit where your filthy shoes were ? You sit on that one ! ". You could hear the crowd was on my side. The rep agreed and asked him to stand up. The guy just cursed, and walked away, stating he'd never cruise Norwegian again. So, the chair cost me $20 ( for the rep ) and our little group got to sit and watch the game together.
That scene, would never have happened 10 or 15 years ago. Now, everyone is entitled. Or thinks they are.
i forgot that story. Glad it got kicked up.