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Old May 10th, 2006, 07:59 PM
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This might be a very dumb question, but it's an honest one. When is a ship considered "old"? A ship that was built in 1996 is considered old by some passengers.

How do people come to these conclusions?
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This is a tough question. Some ships that age may have a lot of wear and tear. Some ships that age may have been refurbished. Your best bet is to do your homework by talking to folks who have recently sailed on the ship you are thinking about or by reading the reveiws right here on Cruisemates. Just because a ship is 10 years old, doesn't necessarily mean you should avoid it.
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Yes, just think, there are some planes out there that are 15 - 20 years old that fly passengers everyday!!
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Our favorite Carnival ship is the Inspiration, and she would be considered "old" by some people. We sailed on the Miracle when she was only a year old and still liked the Inspiration better. I agree with MaryLou. If an older ship is getting good or great reviews I wouldn't hestiate to book a cruise on it.
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It's all in the mind of the beholder - unless, of course, you really need to know the age of a ship.

The Holiday remains my favorite ship, although the oldest and smallest in Carnival's present fleet - and she was put into service in 1985! I call her "the little old lady of the sea"....
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Most ships are put into service with a life expectancy of 50 years. the ship may actually be sold or move to another line but if you research you will find there are many ships still sailing that are well over 30 or 40 years old. Carnival just recetly took the Jubilee out of their line up but all they did was renovate it and move it to their P&O line so they still have interest in the ship. I too really enjoy the Holiday which was Carnival's second purpose built ship. I have sailed her twice and would love to sail her again especially since she just came out of an extensive dry dock.
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The term old is "relative". It really depends on how well the ship is kept up, the innovations, number of balconies, layout and decor.

The Century class ships of Celebrity are are around 10 years old.
The S Class ships of Holland America are 10 to 15 years old.
The Holiday is 21 years old and Sensation is 16.

There are many ocean liners out there that are over 20 and 30 years old.

With the number of new builds it seems that today people feel that anything over five years is considered old.

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