For me, its not actually the size, but the larger size ships have things on them that require them to have a certain size in order to fit them on the ship :-) I happen to enjoy the rock climbing wall, flowrider, etc...If they could put those on a 110,000 ship, that would be fine....
I think the ships at around 90 to 110 are perfect, but if you want more things to do onboard, it has to be a much larger one.
I'll take the smaller ships. The R ships that are currently in the fleets of Princess, Oceania and Azamara are the right size for me. They offer the important amenities I like and they have the itineraries and ports that appeal to me. The smaller ships go to more interesting places.
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I think there are pros and cons to both large and small ships. For me, I like the larger ships for my week long cruises, while I like the smaller ships for my short, getaway weekend type cruises.
When I'm on a week long cruise, I am looking for lots of activities and stuff to do. When I take a 3 or 4 night cruise, I am usually looking for peace and tranquility, not extras or activities. So for me, I like both, large and small ships. The size of the ship depends on what I am looking for on that particular cruise.
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Enchantment of the Seas - 10/04 & 10/11
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The larger ones are good for the cruises with a few "sea" days in there. Nothing wrong with a lazy day at sea, but its nice to have a few choices to do other than the pool deck, which can be very crowded. I've noticed on the larger ships, usually not a problem getting a lounge chair, where in the past there have been times I could not find one on a smaller ship.
This is like, Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear I am going on the huge Epic,and that will be my first experience on a Papa Bear...I did sail the Freedom of the Seas, but to be fair, that was a media cruise,, so not fully populated. Sailing with between, 2000~ 3000, is my cuppa tea.
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I'm the only one so far that voted 90,000 - 110,000. It seems that the ships we have been on fall into this range and I have to say the size is right.
I really don't plan on going on a 140,000 ship and I just feel that is too big for me with too many people.
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the largest ship we have sailed on so far was the Freedom of the Seas, she is gorgeous with lots of things to see and do aboard, but it got really tiring walking down those endless corridors to get from our cabin to anywhere on the ship, and really wasn't able to get really familar with the ships lay-out which is something i really like to do. As far as the big ships go we loved the Golden Princess, she is big but not huge, with plenty to do and see and still have an intimate feeling about her. Another point for me is that i am not a huge fan of tender ports, i like to be able to walk off the ship and come and go as i please, and these new huge mega ships can't dock in a lot of ports