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Old January 29th, 2011, 04:48 PM
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I often see people saying ships are too big & they prefer small ships, I can't see why. I can't help feeling people say this to appear "proper cruisers" on ''proper ships'' a bit like things were better "in the old days" in the UK about 10 million people currently cruising must have been on the Canberra, it certainly sounds like it!
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I prefer smaller ships for many reasons as I have stated. Primarily less people! I don't need loads of on board entertainment - in fact they could scrap the theatres/casinos and shops and I probably would not notice.

I started cruising originally on river cruises.

I was in Alaska last year when 3 or 4 large vessels were in port at the same time and the experience in port, for me, was horrendous.

Smaller ships just suit my personality better - that's all.

The Canberra - was she not involved in the Falklands war?

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The Canberra was down in the Falklands as was the QE2 with other merchant vessels, the Atlantic Conveyor was sunk with loss of life. The Canberra was sent into "harms way" whilst the QE2 was not, hence then banner "Canberra cruises where QE2 refuses"
I admit the extra people are a downside, but we do enjoy the extra facilities, during the days at sea we find little to interest us but at night the alternative dining & entertainments are good. Main problem on Azura was lack of deck space near pools.
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JTD, I was working in the Merchant Shipping industry at that time. Merchant vessels are normally 'dry' except when the husband of a certain PM was on board.

There are alternative restaurants on smaller vessels too.

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JTD, I was working in the Merchant Shipping industry at that time. Merchant vessels are normally 'dry' except when the husband of a certain PM was on board.

There are alternative restaurants on smaller vessels too.

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Don't understand the "Dry" reference???
Azura had 3 MDR's, 4 speciality venues, 3 show venues, a pub, a casino, open air cinema screen, countless bars. We didn't know if we would like it as we prefer small hotels but we did, & Eclipse too.... no, we loved Eclipse!
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Don't understand the "Dry" reference???
Azura had 3 MDR's, 4 speciality venues, 3 show venues, a pub, a casino, open air cinema screen, countless bars. We didn't know if we would like it as we prefer small hotels but we did, & Eclipse too.... no, we loved Eclipse!
Alcohol is banned on all vessels that work in the North Sea and similar environments.
When vessels were chartered by MOD that rule had to be relaxed.

3 MDRs - do you want me to have a panic attack?

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I understand that, just don't see the relevance to the post.
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I was following the Canberra thread. Anyway how many passengers did the Canberra hold?

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Yeah, but what has that got to do with drink..sorry to be thick...
Dunno how many passengers were on Canberra but whenever you discuss cruises someone always says that the Canberra was better, it must have held about 10 thousand by the number of people that say it!!
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