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Interesting. Been on 2 of the "big ones" both ~ 4k passengers (Breakaway and Anthem OTS) and that was plenty enough for me thanks. Not sure I want to experience embark, debark and port loading unloading with a 6k + ship. Next cruise is on the 2.5 k Gem and I am that is our perfect size.

Been on BREAKAWAY several times...time it right, and you can get the VIBE up top, and have dinner and do shows and avoid alot of the crowds....but...more importantly, the wild card nowadays is just how many passengers are actually gonna be onboard these ships....from what I can tell and a few comments here n there, looks like 50% or less...

Too big for me!

The pessimist (or pragmatist) in me cannot help but think about the (unsinkable) Titanic or how about the present day Concordia. And then we have floating cesspool on the Triumph. Picture any of those scenarios on a ship with 7000 passengers. Picture 7000 people panicking and crowding into the hallways and the probable results.

Can't happen. Nothing can go wrong. We have technology, safety systems, policies and procedures in place. Yeah, sure. And now we have a ship that is roughly five times bigger (in passengers) than the Titanic, incompetent captains, pandemics, etc. and you're telling me it can't happen again.

Wonder indeed! Really an appropriate name.

No thanks.

Been on Oasis and Allure while at 5k capacity. Not an awful experience, however I will say I had a much better experience on Majesty(2.7k) and Empress(1.8k).

Waddayamean 50% or less. The cruise lines state they're breaking all sorts of booking records! What gives?

Biggest boat we've sailed on was the Independence of the Seas (4,500 cap). Like OPUS I'd say it was OK, but I'll have to admit I enjoyed the smaller boats just a bit more. Just seemed a little more "relaxed". However, that may just have been my perception.

I had [2] sailings on the new CCL Mardi-Gras cancelled. If COVID hadn't come along I would have got to see what sailing on a mega-boat would have been like.

Next up for us is the CCL Magic with a 3.6k capacity.

Whaddaya mean what do I mean? Im reading the experiences of some folks in here and other places that have cruised recently...those booking records might be a year+ out...seems like folks report alot of cancellations (theirs or the lines) for a variety of reasons...

And besides, your own perception is all you have to go on anyway..."perception IS reality..."

I was being facetious. It wasn't a shot at you. I have not believed the cruise lines rosy booking numbers for awhile now. They said they're breaking all sorts of booking records. If that's true, then why are all the 'deals" popping up. What about the laws of supply & demand.

And yes, perception CAN BE reality, but only if one's in their right mind.

Told you b4 trying to keep track of how you think makes my head hurt. Besides, some simple truths in amongst the bs remain unchanged...whatever the true numbers are its clear they are "confidential"....the cruise fleets are NOT 100% operational, nor do they sail to alot of popular places....they all had to borrow BILLIONS with a "B" to stay afloat, and that debt needs to be serviced...so whatever you see from them re bookings, or sales or any nonsense pertaining therefrom, is....probably MORE bs...

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