JusMe
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What is your favorite ship or class of ships and why ?

1.  What is your favorite ships and why ?

2.  What is your favorite class of ship and why ?

3.  What ship have you spent the most time on ?

 

This is just your opinion,  not a debate, not an argument (I know some of you are very brand loyal and I know some of you dislike a brand or two)  There are no wrong answers as this is just your opinion.

 

This should be fun to read peoples answers and reasoning.  Some will be logical and others will be emotional or sentimental answers.

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BonMike
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We've only cruised a few times, and I have no idea what class the ships were. We loved each one, but the Carnival Sunshine and Miracle are our favourites so far. 

 

We spent 4 days on the Imagitation and Ecstacy. 7 days on the Liberty and Miracle and 8 days on the Sunshine.

JusMe
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1.  My favorite ships is the a tie between Celebrity Equinox and RCI Song of America (you have to be old to remember that one).   The Equinox is a favorite for the class of the ship,  the service and the food,  also for the memories of my first transatlantic cruise and a Greek Islands cruise I did on her.   Song Of America is a favorite for the memories of my first 7 night cruise to Mexico,  the friends I went with and the friends I made on her.  Walking around her teak promenade deck at night.   Sh was in the days when cruising was still a high end vacation with fantastic service and 5 star food.

 

2.   My favorite Class of ship would have to be the Celebrity Solstice Class of ship.  They are spacious and not crowded like a lot of ships,  they are modern, elegant, nice cabins with good storage (love the nightlight built into the bathrooms,  no blinding light in middle of the night), good lay out of the ship and good buffet lay out.  They also have Celebrity level of service and food.

 

3.  Of all the ships I have been on I have spent the most time on the Equinox, 24 days.   I have been on other ships for more cruises,  but the most days have been on the Equinox.

 

I will give Honorable mention to the Carnival Fantasy Class ships,  I have been on 3 of them and for the short party cruises nothing as much fun as they are. 

JCOAKML
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Still under ten cruises but enough to say that so far the "Grand Class" is my favorite.  I've done two "Grand Class" ships, the Crown Princess and the Grand Princess.  

 

My sentimental favorite is the NCL Pearl.  My first cruise ship.  I thought she was an ugly pig when I first set eyes on her.  But after two great cruises on her she looks majestic to me every time I see her.  She was at San Pedro when I sailed on the Island Princess.  She was calling me to come over.  I felt like I was betraying a lover!  

JusMe
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You Cheater !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Big Smile    Just kidding

akaGrandmaJo
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About the only way I can answer this question is to say the only ship we weren't crazy about so far has been Carnival Triumph.  We've sailed on 8 Carnival ships, and this is the only one that has felt cramped and crowded to us.  The entire cruise just had an "off" feel, so that may have influenced our opinion of the ship.  Don't get me wrong--we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, but thus far she's our least favorite.  Oddly enough, we loved the Sunshine, which while not exactly a sister ship is closest thing to a sister Triumph has.

Of the other 6 we have sailed on, two were Dream class and 4 were Fantasy class.  Next up, Carnival Splendor, which is also the only ship in it's class--was originally to be a sister to the Costa Concordia.  Each class has it's particular charm and quirks, and I couldn't begin to pick a favorite.

 

JusMe
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Every Grandma has a favorite,  but they never tell.

akaGrandmaJo
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Big Smile

 

BAK1061
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Smaller ships are becoming extinct, so, that being said, we like the Norwegian Gem. We have sales on her 5 times.  Her size works for us.

Kennicott
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We prefer the smaller vessels that have built in capacity for the ability to undergo extended range cruising which allows for weeks on the sea, at end, without having to port to fuel, get fresh water or other provisions. Recently we were back on such a  vessel for a month, which confirmed my preference for the smaller vessels. 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. Princess may sell that particular ship as is it is much smaller than anything else in their fleet though. Our favorite ships are, in order --The Seven Seas Voyager, The Seven Seas Mariner, The HAL Prinsendam, The Pacific Princess and the Seven Seas Navigator.

 

It is my opinion that many of the giant ships provide ugly profiles, however that doesn't mean they are unsafe or fun to voyage on. However, when push comes to shove, I hate getting on a ship that looks more like a land resort than a sea worthy ship, some remind me of the Soviet Union style slab sided low income housing complexes spread across that country years ago. Worse yet, is their blunt bows, look like they ran head on into a cliff or something. These ships are so high and top heavy looking that with their sail area, on some of the ships, it has got to so severe that it is a wonder they don't tip over in a blow.

 

Now, from a pure beauty standpoint, the vessel profile lines I like best on today's cruise ships are those which we have never been on, just those I have seen, which are:  1. Disney Fantasy and Dream----2. Queen Mary ll-----3. The Vista class ships with the Queen Victoria and the Queen Elizabeth surpassing the others which are MS Zuiderdam. 2003: MS Oosterdam. 2004: MS Westerdam. 2005: MS Arcadia. 2006: MS Noordam. 2008: MS Eurodam. 2007: MS Queen Victoria. 2010: MS Queen Elizabeth.
JCOAKML
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Great post Kennicott.  I think the cruise lines are making a mistake not including smaller ships in their ship building plans.  But I do realize profits is what drives their decision making.  

 

I enjoyed my time on the Amsterdam and the Inspiration, both smaller ships by today's standards.  Be a shame to see the Amsterdam cast aside since it's considered too small.  She has a wonderful art collection and many other nice things inside of her including an excellent library area.

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