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Doesn't seem to matter unless/until we've actually been on one. We felt that way about the mid size ships until we tried BREAKAWAY..loved it. more restaurants, more entertainment, more bars...and we discovered the VIBE and how to snag passes to it. Been on her 2x, bump out balconies both times, (same cabin) and will be on her sister GETAWAY in a week. Same cabin #. All the rest of them, including one more on BREAKAWAY and GETAWAY before we start CCL. We've been on TRIUMPH...just after the infamous poop cruise. Didn't do a lot for us, but Im sure some people loved it. Sailed on SPIRIT 2x, which is a certifiably SMALL ship, and simply can't compare to the biggies, but we loved it, for sentimental reasons. Would sail her again in a heartbeat.
The VISTA has something called the HAVANA experience, involving a whole private access area at the stern, roughly the equivalent of the VIBE on NCL where we spend our days. It "looked" very interesting so we decided to take a chance. NCL is becoming increasingly expensive, and theres virtually no advantage to giving them more $$ to get from PLATINUM to PLATINUM PLUS.. Booking RADIANCE was easy...between the 200m upgrades, AND going thru the Canal, well...Then, just fooling around online we discovered a corner balcony (or whatever its officially called) was available on VISTA, and the price was sure attractive...So instead of waiting to "see if we liked it", we grabbed it. I expect to be in Galveston a lot in about a year, Lord willing...We want to see the building going on. Hence my other thread/question about accommodations.
In any event, going to spread the $$ around...cruising on NCL has become almost routine. We EXPECT to have a grand ol time...same stuff, diff cruise...and what do they say about "variety"?