Is there such a thing as a ship that's too big? When I started cruising, seems like 2000 passengers was about it. I don't know if most cruisers could conceive of such monsters that are being regularly built now...The advantage I suppose, is that now you can have even more choices for bars, pools, bars, restaurants, bars, onboard activities, bars, entertainment, bars.....the obvious disadvantage is that everyplace you go, more and more people, many more clueless types..."the pool" jumps to my mind..(there's a certain entertainment value to that last, but I digress).

We like to think we know how to avoid a lot of it, but having said that, we have never sailed on ship with 4000 passengers and 1600 crew. Your thoughts?

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I tend to agree with you, saying that, I have not been on one of the very big ships (yet). How many ports can cope with the larger ships? not sure but it does give people choices.

We have been on ships with 3,500 passengers and some ports can't cope with them (almost fights trying to get off the single gangway trying to get to the coaches for the excursions), which we were informed later, was the fault of the port...

As long as there is enough room for everybody - how many times is it that when we can't get to the deck's due to bad wx you also can't get to sit anywhere.

I would be interested to hear some views of those that have already been to sea on the 'big ones'.


Sailed on Oasis of the Seas a few years back and it was great. The ship's layout was such that I never felt over crowded. I'll be sailing on the Bliss in November which also has 4000 capacity. I do however feel that 4000 should be the max in regards to capacity.

Largest ship we ever sailed on was the Carnival Breeze with a total of 3700 passengers and 1400 crew.

The Conquest class with Carnival that can handle 3000 passengers and 1200 crew are what we were more familiar with.

Lines and tempers can be trying at times and we have witnessed a few tirades.

We try to bide our time and try not to sweat what we cannot change and it has worked so far for us.

I prefer the small to mid sized ships the ones with say 2000 to 2800 passengers. Always felt very much at home on those. Last trip was on the Breakaway with ~4000 passengers. At times it did feel over crowded. Possibly because the design was simuilar to the smaller vessels. Lots of room in good weather but when the weather was not friendly the inside areas could not comfortably accommodate everyone. Up coming cruise is also on a ship with 4100 passengers but i hear on Anthem the design is such that it is not so noticeable. From reviews and others I work with that have sailed RCCL it sounds like they know how to do large ships properly. Still i am not sure I would want to try one of the 6000 + passenger behemoths they have. That is a lot of people to dump out into a port. .

We sailed on the Carnival Vista, and while there was a lot to do and we didn't find extremely long lines, we felt the layout of the ship a bit cramped. We also sailed the Regal Princess and we found that to be very comfortable. I do feel the cruise lines are trying to get more people onto one ship. I really enjoyed the smaller more intimate Carnival Holiday, but now my favorite class in the Carnival fleet is the Conquest class (mid-size). Bottom line: if people didn't book passage on he big ships, they wouldn't build them. They are popular because of all the "bells and whistles". There is something out there for every one.Big Smile

We've cruised the Oasis class ships and never felt crowded. RCL really does a nice job with the design. We go back and forth between the medium and large ships depending upon itinerary and who we might be sailing with.

We've sailed on the Breeze and Magic and enjoyed both. Our next cruise is Sept 30 on the NCL Escape. We are taking one set of grands and looking forward to all there is to do on the ship.

When it's just DH, DD, and I we enjoy the smaller ships as well as the larger ones. With the kids, the more to do the better :)

Good point re traveling with kids and grands...……….youre absolutely right...the more to do the better...while us grey heads nap heheheheh

I'm sailing on my first mega-ship next year! At some point though, don't the larger ships become more like a floating Vegas?

Only if you think the raison d'etre is the casino...which is ridiculous given the captive patrons. If you mean the glitz, sure, but I can assure you there are enough well run bars and eateries so it doesn't seem that way. Been to Vegas more than a hundred times over the years..mostly for biz, but always comped..(I worked in the biz, 3 different joints)...and I can assure you no way would I cruise on a ship whose only reason for being is a "floating Vegas", Meanwhile, despite all my cruises (a mere pittance compared to some in here) I have never sailed on anything as big as BREAKAWAY coming has better be good, I have one more on it , then 2 more on GETAWAY...I think it may take all our crowd avoidance skills to enjoy it the way we like, but that's ok...I like a challenge. gl2u!


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