How Big is TOO Big ?

Recently, we took a cruise on the NCL Breakaway.  4000+ pax! and big.    I mean BIG !   Normally, we wouldn't have even considered a ship this big, but she is new, and she calls NY home.   No flying is attractive to us.   

Be prepared to walk a lot !!!!    

So my question is, how big will the ships get, before people realize they prefer smaller ships ?   First timers LOVE big ships.  They are amazed at all the attractions such as water slides, rope courses, food venues, etc.    But what about experienced cruisers ?  I know we prefer smaller ships.   We had a great time, don't get me wrong.    But the economy isn't exactly improving, despite news reports to the contrary.    So, who is going to fill these ships ?   When you consider the costs of airfare, hotel, cruise, excursion monies, and finally, spending cash........you can easily be looking at a $6000 week for a family.    That's a tasty chunk of disposable income.    So what happens when these ships don't get filled ?    What will happen to thes floating cities ?   And they are just that....cities.    

 

Cruiselines, please......build smaller ships, and refurb your older ones.   There is no need for these behemoths.   The bigger you get, the longer the tender ride is to shore. And some can't take those tender rides.

 

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I'm going on my first cruise aboard the Norwegian Epic in two weeks, and looking forward to it.

 

I guess the free market will determine if cruise companies will keep building big ships, it seems they must be earning a profit if they keep building them.

enjoy your cruise

According to the head of the Cruise industry's association (CLIA), ships are NOT going to get bigger...

 

"I think the size of the ships — Allure and Oasis — is as big as it gets," said CLIA president Christine Duffy in an interview. Instead, Duffy says, the new emphasis is "on more bells and whistles."  http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2014-01-24/cruise-trends-2014-image-rehab-and-new-ships

 

Interesting that Allure and Oasis are top rated ships on our site. Most people love them. http://cruiseline.com/ship/best

I have been on the Voyager of the Seas and the Mariner of the Seas , they were big enough for me, I do not think I will cruise on one any bigger 

I have thought that bigger ships are better ships. But my recent cruise on Allure proved that wrong to me. It felt like a big fancy mall with less charm. 

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