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Old March 1st, 2011, 05:56 PM
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Default Ship Styles and personalities

For many seasoned cruisers, they have their favorite/ not so favorite ships, for whatever reasons....Some ships seem to have some quirky floor plans,and certain nuances that make you shake your head, and, say, "what"????

Go up to go down..one way to THAT dining room, and more..#&^%$~!!

That old cruise adage, that says, you learn your way around the ship, on the day you have to leave it, can be true for many! My gf got off the old NCL Windward,and said, it was the most confusing ship she ever sailed..

So, have you sailed any ships that had you scratching your head at times?

The Grand Class ships drove me crazy
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I'll also chime in with Princess, Golden and Star....the same weird set up to go to the dinning rooms from the front to rear, go up and over. I will say, once you get used to it, its OK, but just a bad flow design IMHO.
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Have to agree - up 2 decks and aft and down one to get to the traditional dining ... and it's not just the Grand ships - it's also the Ruby ones.

Still I'll continue to take Princess cuz I've got Elite and do know how to get there and I do like the midships Plaza deck for my cabin ... been on higher decks with balconies which I rarely used. And, I only like to sail from Fort Lauderdale on 10 day cruises - so I have to put up with it.

My alternate is the Coral/Island to the Canal - but now that I've been there 8 times with them ... and even though I prefer those ships, I'm going to do Princess ships for 10 days out of FLL - even if it's the same ship. At least I know my way around!!!:-D:-D:-D
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I'll also chime in with Princess, Golden and Star....the same weird set up to go to the dinning rooms from the front to rear, go up and over. I will say, once you get used to it, its OK, but just a bad flow design IMHO.
yep, agree with you on this one, i think the reasoning was to avoid having to walk down long hallways, lots of little hallways with twists and turns so that you wouldn't feel so overwhelmed which brings me to my beef about Freedom of the Seas, seemed like we had to walk forever to get anywhere, especially to our cabin
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To me, for the Grand Class ships....they tried to break up the voluminous space into smaller more,intimate spaces, but, in doing that, it's a maze of confusion.
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I found Carnival DREAM like that. Some of the layout just didn't make sense.

They also had these "fake walls" that seemed to appear out of nowhere. You'd walk one route on day 1, and then day 2 that route would be blocked off, and you'd be scratching your head thinking "I knew I walked this way yesterday.

There were some rooms that you could only access from aft, or mid-ship. It was very wierd. If memory serves, I know we had to walk one way to go to breakfast, and another way to go to dinner, and it was in the same room.
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I thought I read somewhere that the reason for the Grand class layout had to do with the galley being in the middle and you had to go around it, so it was either up or down and around, then back up or down to get on the other side....Just a bad flow to me, but they did have their reason for it.
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Actually - on the Ruby class (and I'm guessing on the Grand class) for some strange reason they put the crew's dining room on Deck 6 (Fiesta) in the middle so you had to work around it ... at least that's what I was told.
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On the other hand, I thought the Sun Class ships, were very easy to get around...
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Right Trip, the Sun class were nice to navigate, but also much smaller size ship...
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Much more thoughtfully designed and laid out...
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love the Sun Class of ships, they are big ships- not huge but with a small ship feeling to them
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I agree - the Princess Sun class is probably the only pre-2000 mainstream cruise line class that I like.

I don't care much for the older & smaller Carnival, Royal Caribbean or NCL ships. They are what they are... but I get a much better feeling from the newer ones.

For layout I like the Oasis class the best. The Freedom class has weird level below the promenade that can be spooky, especially with that gothic hightclub.

All Carnival ships have a dining room with a main entrance at the bottom of a stairwell - just a horrible design in my opinion.

I think the Disney Dream is one of the best-planned ships I have seen - very easy to navigate, and designed so the kids don't get in the way of the adults, etc.
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