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Old April 3rd, 2004, 01:14 PM
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Default Big or Small ship?

I am looking for some advice from someone who has been on a big and small ship.
My girlfriend likes the ports that Holland America goes to in new england, but I am concerned about this being a smaller and a "preimium" ship. The write up only tells us that it has "fabulous art decor" and "your every whim will be pampered" and join us for a "luffa in the spa". I could care less about that stuff, what I want is plenty of fun activities and lots of things to do.

Soooo my question is are there plenty of activities to do on these smaller (50,000 tons) ships for someone who likes to be active?
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Old April 3rd, 2004, 02:52 PM
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Default Re: Big or Small ship?

Hi Lance,
You can't go wrong on ANY Carnival cruise ship from the 48,000 tonners to their Megaships of over 100,000 tons. If it's non stop fun you are after you will have a great time. The Carnival Jubilee out of San Juan at 48,000 tons could be the ship for you. We recently went on the 88,000 ton Legend out of New York and it was non stop fun for the entire 8 days.
Royal Caribbean and Costa are other ships we have been on and they too had loads of fun activities especially Costa. Hope this info helps.


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Old April 3rd, 2004, 02:52 PM
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Holland is a very nice cruise line but..............active..not even a little. Unless you like dancing to big band music. The average age on HAL is 65. I have sailed with them twice and hada nice time but you should look at Princess or Royal Caribbean if you want fun and activities. I have cruised 28 times. 20 on Princess, so you see what Iike!
Happy Sailing,
Sea Angel
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Old April 4th, 2004, 06:20 PM
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We have sailed some 30 plus cruises both large and small ships and we prefer the smaller ships. The larger ships just have too many people to go ashore in some of the smaller ports. We sail HAL these days but if you are young follow the good advice of sea angel. What you can expect on HAL is outstanding service, excellent food and cabins larger than most. They are weak in the area of live entertainment, while Princess excels in this area. In any event there are no bad cruises, some are just better than others. But then I even liked the troop ship in 1951.
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