Though many of us like small ships it looks like no cruise line is building any more of them. Oceania's Marina will set sail in January and it is twice the size (65,000 grt) of it's current fleet of 3 R ships.
It seems that only the luxury lines are still putting out smaller ships. Seabourn's newbuilds are running around 36,000 grt.
Do you think we'll ever see a new, smaller ship (50,000 grt or less), in the fleet of the mass market lines?
Mike (Who loves the size of the old R ships)
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I don't see it in my future. I love the large ships; have never felt too crowded; and I love the action; can't stand to sit still; love the fact that I can do lots of things onboard; my wife will read a book at the pool or on the balcony; I can't do that; I have to keep moving. I have to say I have been on Majesty and Splendour of the Seas. They are 60-90,000 tons; that is the smallest ship. I did have a good time on them; but I will take Voyager, Freedom, and Oasis.
Freedom of the Seas Dec 11
Allure of the Seas: Jan 11
Voyager of the Seas: May 09
Splendour of the Seas: May 07
Explorer of the Seas: Jan 04
Majesty of the Seas Jan 99
I personally prefer the "middle" sized ships. By that I mean 75 to 100k tons. I've tried the "Super Tub of the Seas" type ships, and had a good time, but I personally DID feel crowded. (Nope, there simply isn't a bad cruise.)