meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

Mega New Ships VS Smaller Older Ships

Just curious on everyones preference. I have been on a Large ship, and will be going on the Allure soon, but when I'm looking at cruises, I get leery of the older smaller ships for fear that they won't live up to the mega class ships. What has everyones experience been? Do you feel the waves more? More/less crowded? Not as many experiences on board? 

Tags: Royal Caribbean

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OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

I have been avoiding the larger ships. We love the smaller mid sized ships. The ones that carry 2400 - 2600 passengers and have ~ 1000 crew. To me that is just a nice size. Just took the plunge earlier tonight though and booked on one of the newer mega ships (Breakaway). I had mixed feelings but we shall see. 

GTVCRUISER
Contributor Level: Captain

I have cruised on the big ships , but most of my cruises have been on smaller ships ,I like them all.

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I have mentioned before that the large mega ships for me will be the destination and not the means to cruise. I may want to try a short 4 or 5 day on a mega ship just to see, bit I do prefer the  ships like the NCL Dawn and The Island Princess.

Kennicott
Contributor Level: Captain
JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Since I travel mostly with just adults I prefer the midsize ships.   I do not want a floating amusement park full of kids running around happy and screaming,  not my idea of fun or relaxing.   I have not done any of the "mega" ships yet,  having to reserve my dining options months before a trip along with my entertainment is just not me.

 

I have done some trips on large ships but they were Celebrity Solstice class ships or a 14 night transatlantic on RCI so more adults then family fun. I guess since I have been cruising for 20 years I'm used to and enjoy the midsize ships where you can relax and do not need advanced reservations for dining or shows. How do I know in advance what night I feel like the steakhouse and what nights I may just want a lite dinner,  what night I want the big show and when I may just want to relax in the piano bar with a drink ?

 

A cruise is what you make out of it.   If you like the amusement parks that float you will not be happy on a small ship with limited activities.   If you like peace and quiet and relaxing setting you will not be happy on a floating amusement park.  Each cruise line targets a demographic,  find the one that fits this stage of your life and enjoy your cruiseBig Smile

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

I'm on the fence about trying a mega-ship. For all they offer, I wonder if a land vacation may not be the same.

OTOH, I do like the number of activities offered on a large ship versus the small ones.

I will probably try a mega sometime - the new Carnival one sounds interesting to me.

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

We have not ventured onto one of the mega ships yet. We prefer the smaller to mid size ships. I think we will give one a try someday.

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

 

We have steered clear of the floating bricks. We prefer ships with 2,500 or under capacity but have gone up to 3,000 capacity once and suffered no long term ill effects. 

The biggest issue we have, as has been mentioned previously, is that the mega ships are floating amusement parks which attract too many screaming children for us.  We work around that by booking longer voyages on lower capacity ships.

 

Ejan
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Tried a megaship just once.  That was enough.  It was a combination of sports bar, amusement park and mall.  To me it was hell; to someone else it might be heaven.

meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

Well I know my BF will not go on anything smaller than 3000 passengers, for fear of getting sick. We went on the allure, and soon to the oasis. 

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