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Old October 14th, 2011, 11:08 PM
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: I was over on another web site comparing the Enchantment of the seas to the Emerald Princess. I was hopeing someone could explain what the diffrence between regular capacity and total capacity is?I also noticed they had sanitation ratings the Enchantment had a 95/2009 rating is that bad?The ship also had a 6 star rating good or bad?I was also wondering how they come up with the passenger space ratio for each ship and what it means?And last but not least is there a web site or some place a person can go to learn about the diffrent class of ships?I have seen Vision class, Grand class and a bunch of others.
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Old October 15th, 2011, 10:58 AM
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: I was over on another web site comparing the Enchantment of the seas to the Emerald Princess. I was hopeing someone could explain what the diffrence between regular capacity and total capacity is?
Regular capacity is two people per cabin. Total capacity is every bunk bed and fold out couch occupied, three or four people in certain cabins.

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I also noticed they had sanitation ratings the Enchantment had a 95/2009 rating is that bad?
95 is not bad. They can lose points for tiny things like a dish towel left on the counter. You should look at the pattern of ratings over the years, not a single year.

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The ship also had a 6 star rating good or bad?
Six stars from whom? Lots of rating scales only go to 5! 6 out of 6 is great, 6 out of 10 not so good. Who gave the rating, what was it based on, and what expectations did they have?

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I was also wondering how they come up with the passenger space ratio for each ship and what it means?
Well, a ratio is simply square feet of space divided by passenger capacity. In general the higher the ratio, the better.

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And last but not least is there a web site or some place a person can go to learn about the diffrent class of ships?I have seen Vision class, Grand class and a bunch of others.
HMMM. Don't know that one. Each line's website will usually list them. It simply means that the ships are substantially identical, being built from the same plans. For example, Grand Princess and Golden Princess are Grand class ships, twin sisters. Probably you could google it.

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The cruise lines own web sites usually list their ships in the various "classes". The "class of ship" just indicates which ships are built on the same hull. Some have slightly different layouts from their "sister" ships, but more similarities than differences.

There are also different lines within the same umbrella company with ships built on the same hull design, that are quite different from each other.

The reason, of course, is the savings in not redesigning hulls for each ship.
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