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Old August 30th, 2016, 02:49 AM
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Hello guys! I am going for a 2 week small ship cruising which starts on September 12. I have gone for many large cruises in last 3-4 years, but this small ship cruising is a first for me. They are bragging about the places they can access which bigger ships cannot. I feel it's true and such experiences cannot be obtained from bigger cruise ships. Their itinerary offered by this small ship cruising company looks very tempting and amazing. I may have to compromise on living space and other luxury facilities that bigger ships offer, but at the same time less crowd means a much more relaxed trip. Well that's what I am expecting. Anyone here went for such small ship cruises? If then can you share your experience? How different do you feel after the trip when compared to bigger ship cruises? Any words on experience will be great. Thanks!
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Old August 30th, 2016, 11:53 AM
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We have done a sailing on the Royal Clipper with less than 300 passengers. We loved the trip. Royal Clipper is a sailing ship, not a cruise liner. The atmosphere was very laid back. There was no casino or shows, well there was a talent show. So if you love vibrant night life you might feel a little constrained. But if you enjoy relaxing with friends it can be great.
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Old August 30th, 2016, 04:08 PM
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As Bob mentioned, you don't get all the shows, amenities, and casinos, but what you will get is a much more intimate, relaxing, and personal experience that you will thoroughly enjoy. There's nothing like small ship cruising. I have absolutely no doubt you'll have a wonderful cruise.

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Are you sailing on Blount ???

If so wipe anything about the larger ships from your mind it is NOTHING like a regular cruise

Take ear plugs & sea sick meds with you
The only good thing we found on the cruise was the food
it is served family style & Chef Andy was great (hope he is still there)
Cabins were horrid ...camping on the water is the only way I can describe them
Beds are steel camp cots & bathroom is a joke ...no locks on the doors unless this has changed in recent yrs no safe so leave the valuables at home
Yes they do get into the smaller ports inland & if the waters are calm it can be enjoyable but on the open water these ships ride like a cork
we only had 29 passengers onboard so you do get to know them during the cruise
they will bring on local talent or historians in some of the ports




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If you're sailing on Blount, then yeah, what LuLu said.....

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My sister-in-law only goes on small ships .
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Small ship is subjective
What you may consider a small ship others may not
Maybe mentioning size of ship or number of passengers would help in describing the size of ship

I prefer ones with under 1500 pax
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We have cruised on a couple smaller mainline ships, Holiday and the Sun, When compared to the bigger ships the ride is the first thing I think about! They do not ride as well as the bigger ships! I cannot imagine being on anything smaller then the Holiday was.
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We have cruised on a couple smaller mainline ships, Holiday and the Sun, When compared to the bigger ships the ride is the first thing I think about! They do not ride as well as the bigger ships! I cannot imagine being on anything smaller then the Holiday was.
It can depend on a lot of factors design, depth of keel etc...
We have sailed a several ships smaller than the Holiday
The Holiday the walls were so thin you could hear the neighbours talking

We sail on ships of 30,000 grt & they ride fine even in a gale in the Irish sea ..of course it did rock & roll but I am sure the larger ships would also
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