New Ships

So I get the benefits of going on their brand new ships with all of the bells and whistles, but I still think that there is a lot to be said for that small ship feel and getting to know you aspect of the crew. Which is better? To check out some videos of mine about ships that differ in size such as the NCL Dawn vs NCL Breakaway, check out this link from "The Cruiser" on YouTube:

In my opinion, I wish the crew could still get to know you on larger ships, but I probably need a 120,000 ton ship to make me perfectly happy.

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6 Answers

Seeing as how my first experience was on the Breakaway, I think I would feel disappointed with a smaller ship. We sailed the Carnival Sunshine last year and will be going on the Carnival Breeze next month. Looking at the Vista, Getaway, Epic, or some of the larger Royal ships for next year.

I think this is the same principle that appeals to why they make different flavors of ice cream. We much prefer ships around 2500 passengers or less. There are reasons why larger ships appeal to some people and smaller ones to others. I love having the variety to pick from but expect our choice will be the lower capacity ships.

There's actually four widely recognized size categories of ships:

Large resort ships---2000-6000 guests---over 50,000 gross tons.

Mid-size ships---750-2000 guests 25,000 to 50,000 gross tons.

Small ships----251-750 guests 5,000-25,000. gross tons

Boutique ships----50-250 guests 1,000---5,000 gross tons

Until lately we have always favored the midsize to small ships. However, now that we are quite a bit older our cruise likes and dislikes and can't do that anymores are altering our cruise experiences. So we are beginning to appreciate some of the advantages of the larger ships. Something I once swore we would never do.

I prefer the bigger ship for the variety of things to do. I also appreciate that the smaller ship can bring me to the smaller ports that the bigger ships can't visit. So, I am happy on whatever size ship I am on at the time. Isn't it wonderful that we have so many different sized ships available for us to choose from for cruising?

We love the variety on the bigger ships also. I never considered the porting advantage of the smaller ships. That's a great point!

Interesting Kennicott. Thanks for posting this.

My guess is that with the advent of the mega-ships, there is going to need to be a new upper limit category. I do not consider ships of 2000 capacity to be the same as those in the 6000 capacity. Perhaps the mid-size category will expand on its high end limit as well.

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