Originally posted by: BAK1061
I see a lot of complaints regarding how some ships seem old and outdated. Interior wise. Systems fail, cabin odours, carpets being dirty, disinterested staff, etc. Do the cruise lines seem to be focusing on building new ships, rather than maintaining their current fleet? Are people staffing older ships hoping to get on the nice new ship ? Is it too easy to just sell off a used ship these days, even for scrap ?
I notice the same comments as well. Usually I attribute them to lack of due diligence in researching ship's background and only booking a cruise based solely on the itinerary. We always look at ship capacity, age, last refurb, etc., before deciding to book. It's a rookie mistake not to dig a bit deeper but hopefully their experience teaches them something valuable for next time.
As for what the cruise line's do with older ships... some are sold for scrap, some are repurposed by smaller regional cruise lines (often European and Asian markets). I'm not sure that these mega-ships can be repurposed for anything but the small to medium sized ships are definitely reusable.