Even the article was too big, so use the link.....


It's about the ship's getting bigger and bigger

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BAK1061 - thank you for the link. It was an interesting read.

While we appreciate that some (perhaps many) people want to go bigger and have more onboard options and features, these floating bricks hold absolutely no interest for us. Our real fear is that cruise lines continue in this direction and the smaller ships get phased out leaving us with few to no options.

One sentence captured my take on the bigger-is-better approach that the cruise companies have embarked upon, "Going bigger than current sizes, he believes, would serve economies of scale more than the onboard experience". I truly believe that this go big momentum is all about profit margin. Sure, they can pack on more attractions but far too often I read reviews that people could not get reservations for some shows, they waited far too long for meal seatings, or they did not get to do something because the ship was so large that they could not get to it in time.

We cruise to relax... not to run around like headless chickens. It will be interesting to watch the go big trend but we fear the only thing that will alter its course is consumers saying "we don't want this anymore".

I think most people think that a large ship with many (over 5000 passengers) sounds like a nightmare - think long lines to do just about anything on the ship.

But, IF the lines can build a mega ship that FEELS like a smaller ship with privacy and short wait times (if any), then they will. Especially if adding more people allows them to reduce overall costs!

I admit, I was skeptical that this could be done, but if you look at the reviews we have on this site for Allure and Oasis, they are quite good. They are not for everyone but most people really enjoyed their cruise experience.

That said, I do hope that we continue to have large ships, mega ships, small ships and everything in between... because the variety makes it fun and interesting.

I will stay with the smaller ships until I am forced into the bigger one. Thanks for the link to articulate. Interesting read.

The article was as big as a mega liner. I prefer the mid size ships. I do admit that the Solstice class is large but it does not feel crowded except rush hour at the buffet. I like to look at the space per person when booking a ship.

My original plan was to just copy / paste the article. But then I figured someone would just get mad at me Crying

The thing that concerns me more is the passenger to crew ratio. As the ships get larger, it seems as though there are less crew aboard. With that, comes longer working hours for the crew which will effect their customer service relations. For example, when I first started cruising back in 1990, we were in and out of the dining room in about 1 - 1 1/2 hours. NOW, it is not unheard of (I even experience it) for the meal in the dining room to take better than 2 hours before we leave. This does put pressure on making plans such as going to shows. From what I have seen, it is because the staff in the dining rooms are taking care of more tables than years past.

I would also be concerned about the passenger/space ratio. The Queen Mary 2 at about 150,000 tons carries a maximum of 2600 passengers. There are many ships, much small (even 100,000 tons), which carry the same number.

now ask why poor service is hurting the industry


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