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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.