Large Ships Vs Smaller ones

Have been wondering what everyone's thoughts are.  THe large ones seem like floating Malls/Amusement parks and I am wondering if it would lose that sense of cruising.  I have never been on one but curious what others think.

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I am finding that I prefer the medium sized ships. The larger ones seem to try to cram more "stuff" and more passengers into a limited amount of space. I haven't tried the RCCL mega ships but I didn't much care for the Carnival Vista. That said, I do like the larger Princess ships... but they don't try to add all the activities Carnival & RCCL do.

I think I agree with AuntPinkie - I do like the larger (Royal Class) Princess ships better than the smaller ones. They seem to keep the passenger/space ratio about the same as the other ships.

With Carnival, it seems they are adding more cabins to the smaller ships (looking at you, Sunshine) and taking away common areas, resulting in overcrowding.

I do not think I would enjoy the huge RCI ships (Oasis, et al) simply because I can do the same thing at an amusement park for a lot cheaper. Possibly the same with the Vista class for Carnival. To be fair, though, I have not tried either of the above.

I've been on the Destiny Class, Splendor Class and the Fantasy Class and prefer the Fantasy Class. Sorry, I like the older and smaller ships.

We just got off a larger, Breakaway Plus, class ship. We much prefer the Jewel class ( GEM, etc. ) ships

We have sailed both and much prefer the smaller - mid sized classes (anything under 3000 passengers) at least as far as NCL ships go. The larger ships are nice but the crowding is not to our taste and many of the amusement park amenities are not why we are on a cruise. If I want an amusement park I will stop at Canaveral and take an excursion to Orlando.

Depends on who we are cruising with. When we take the family, we like the big ships. That way nobody gets bored.

When it's just DH, DD, and myself, we are happy on any size ship, but prefer the ones with poolside theater on Carnival. That's one thing that Carnival did better than RCI in our experiences. They generally have two movies per night, one family and one for the PG-13 and above crowd. We enjoy being out on deck with blanket and popcorn watching a good movie.

The last couple of cruises we have taken on Fantasy class were lacking in evening entertainment. Love the ships, crews are generally outstanding, but it was rather boring after 5PM.

We prefer vessels in the neighborhood of 30,000 to 55,000 gross tons (600 to 1000 guests). The passenger to space ratio is most important (Divide the gross tonnage by the lower bed capacity of the ship). Our favorite ship is the Seven Seas Voyager, 42,363 gross tons, 708 guests or space ratio of 59.8. The Regal Princess is 142,229 gross tons, 3560 passengers or space ratio of 39.9. HAL's Prinsendam is 38,100 gross tons, 835 passengers, space ratio of 45.6. The biggest of all, Allure of the Seas is 225,282 gross tons, 5,408 passengers and space ratio of 41.6. The Carnival Elation is 70,390 gross tons, 2056 guests, space ratio of 34.4. The most expensive ship in the world is the Europa 2, 42,830 gross tons, 516 passengers and space ratio of 83.0. All the Seabourne ships are the perfect size with excellent space ratios of 70 plus, but you pay for what you get. If I were to take grand kids on a cruise, no question, I would book Disney. It appears to me they have quality entertainment for the youth without going nuts over it all, at the same time trying to accommodate those of us getting "long in the tooth"; Disney Fantasy, 129,690 gross tons, 2500 guests, space ratio 51.8. Another excellent ship is the Pacific Princess, been on it for a couple of months, it confirms my preference for the smaller vessels. 30,277 gross tons, 688 guests, space ratio 44.1. We both agree we like ships this size best, doubtful if we do much cruising in the future if all we have are the gigantic's to choose from. Even though we do prefer the smaller vessels, anything smaller than 20,000 gross tons would probably be too confined for us anymore.

We are going on the Breakaway next February. First time on the BIG ships. Up to that trip the family has cruised on the mid-size ships. Looking forward to comparing the Style and size for cruising.

I've been on three ships, and I think I agree with AuntPinkie about medium sized. RC Majesty was too small and not enough to do, Carnival Vista was a bit large for me, lots of walking and I felt pressured to do everything and it exhausted me by the end of the cruise. NCL Star seemed perfect. I had an amazing cruise on that ship and there was just enough to do/eat to make me very satisfied.


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