Do You Pay Attention to the Number of Passengers a Cruise Ship Holds?

I normally sail on fairly large cruise ships with 3000 plus passengers.  I have never ceased to be amazed at how that many people can board, eat, drink and mingle and yet never really feel crowded...

Does the size of the ship / number of passengers impact your choice when selecting a cruise?  Have you ever felt crowded on a cruise?

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We look at the itinerary and dates first, then the ship. If we had a choice of a smaller ship or a new mega size one, I think we'd likely choose the smaller one, but the price would be the determining factor. Even being with 3000 people, we have never felt crowded, which is pretty amazing.

I think it has more to do with the particular ship/layout than how many folks are on the ship. We never felt crowded on the Breeze. On the other hand, the Triumph seemed to have too many things added as afterthoughts leading to a crowded feeling. The Lido deck seemed especially cramped to us--there was usually somewhere to sit, but lots of the tables were behind other tables or posts.

We prefer smaller ships, but they are becoming extinct. We'll be on the Escape next April, 4500 pax. Largest by far for us.

Certainly I pay attention to the lower berth guest capacity of the vessels we are interested in. Primarily to determine the passenger space ratio. But one has to be a little careful in simply looking at that ratio (Achieved by dividing the gross tonnage by the number of passengers--lower bed capacity including solo-occupancy cabins), as some of the newer and larger ships have cut back on overall cabin sizes, in order to make more inside space available for extra charge venues and shops (purpose being to keep guests out of their cabins and into the mall environment of the newer ships).

In addition, since gross tonnage is a measurement of usable inside space on these vessels it is also important to recognize that they have also cut back on outside public space in order to increase inside retail venue sizes. This in turn limits the amount of space available for open deck relaxation and viewing areas necessary during during sail-aways and such cruises as Alaska or Panama Canal type voyaging.

Beside the number of passengers, also important is the number of crew, as the passenger to crew ration is a big factor for us as well.

We largely prefer smaller vessels, however, these are becoming available almost exclusively in the domain of the all inclusive, luxury, or quasi-luxury cruise lines, think $$$. The 11 major mass market lines have all gravitated toward very large ships and the escalation of size is still ongoing and rampant.

We look at the passenger/crew ratio but it is not a determining factor. Just like we check the weather before we doesn't change anything except how we prepare. I also largely depends on the passengers themselves and there is no way to determine that. We have been on the same ship at different times and felt crowded one time and not the other.

Hi All-

i am new to the forum as I just found it. The determining factor for me is the itinerary. I like to try all different ships, so size doesn't matter. I am also picky about the time of year we sail. I always avoid summer and holidays.

Welcome, this is a fun group of people.

I do pay attention to the number of passengers that a cruise ship holds. It gives me a fair idea of how many people are traveling with me. I book cruises which have got a good amount of passengers capacity. My last cruise had a passenger capacity of 3,840. That was the cruise to Singapore and don't know why I didn't find it crowded at all. Though the ship was full I enjoyed everything. I always book the cruise holiday from Cruisemeout where they provide all the details of the cruise including passenger capacity, the number of decks etc.

I don't really pay much attention to the size of the ship or the capacity, other than comparing the ratio to other ships on the same itinerary at the same time.

Welcome :)


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