DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

Cruising a Line Because the Ship Layout is Familiar

I was originally disappointed when I could hardly tell the difference between the Crown Princess and the Ruby Princess.  However, after numerous cruises, I now love knowing exactly where the Intl Cafe, the ice cream and pizza, etc will be on every Princess ship. The familiarity of the ships has become a plus.

Do you like the sameness or would prefer to see different layouts and venues?

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BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

We did the Triumph & the Victory in successive years, a loooong time ago.  It was weird knowing where everything was.   Now, I prefer to take the first day or so to learn a new ship.

meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

We cruised the oasis and previously were on the allure... Same exact layout... It was nice because of the size of the ship, plus we were able to explore the sundeck on 14 this time around. 

Different layout and venues...makes it more exciting.

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Different is new and fun,  same lay out is familiar and comfortable... both are nice.  Living in Los Angeles for year round cruising we have 2 ships home ported in Long Beach,  they are sister ships with the same lay out and I have been on them a lot of times.... it is great to walk onto the ship and know where everything is and how to get anywhere I want to go on the ship.  

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

I like different layouts and venues. The differerent classes of ships in the same cruise line are not layed out the same.

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

It can be nice. I know that with NCL their ships have a variety of layouts depending on the class of ship but they all do have certain similarities. With NCL we really like the Jewel class ships because of their layout.

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

We appreciate consistency, for sure.  Places may not be in the exact same location and some ships feature more/less specialty restaurants (depending on ship size) but the names are the same which is super helpful... the Princess Theatre, Crown Grill, etc.

One thing we learn on our Panama Canal trip aboard the Island Princess. it had an International Cafe but on that itinerary it was not 24/7 like the IC was on the Crown Princess nor did it offer warm snacks or a wide variety of dessert options. My guess is that because the ship is much smaller, the provisioning is considerably different. We managed to survive the trauma.... somehow.

BonMike
Contributor Level: Captain

Choosing a ship because the layout is familiar seems silly to me. With printable maps to carry, maps posted on the walls of the ships and the layouts posted online, there's eases to become somewhat familiar with the ship before even boarding it. We enjoy exploring the different layouts and if we get turned around a little, so what - we sure aren't lost. LOL

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Not necessarily. Sometimes you find a ship layout that just works for you. Like pool or certain bar locations or the entertainment venues or performers. Some ships or classes have observation decks up front or certain hot tub locations or the location of a certain cafe. That can affect the overall enjoyment of a sea day.

WeCruiseToo
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Exactly this. Happy

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