Originally Posted by gkbii
There are some who are very loyal to small ships, think Azmara, Seabourn, Windstar, Clipper, (some Princess & Holland ships) and others. My understanding is that the enrichment programs are first class, with Cunard as an example bring aboard some of the best experts, anywhere.
I have been on all you mentioned, and I would say the enrichment programs are first class on Cunard and Crystal - and Cunard is not a small ship cruise line - QM2 is in the top 5 classes in size. Crystal has the best enrichment of all the lux lines in my opinion.
Windstar and Azamara feature port-a-day ityineraries, so they don't need that much enrichment, and they really don't have that much. Clipper has almost no enrichment program at all except the Captains "story-hour" in the mornings.
Princess and Holland America's newer ships have more enrichment, but they also are not smaller ships (their older ships are). But my is that too many "quiet days at sea" only goes so far anymore. I think the lux lines are struggling to fill the more empty (in terms of port visits) itineraries these days, because the experience is frankly too quiet & repetitious.