I'm 66, first cruise 23 years ago, nine since then, all on either HA or Celebrity but got a great deal on RC's Voyager of the Seas and decided to stray.
Nice big beautiful, huge, gigantic, enormous floating strip mall/casino/bingo parlor/art auction house. It even had an ice skating rink and rock climbing wall & golf course. I hear next there will be a bowling alley,race track and ski slope.
Going to book another cruise for the spring on HA or Celebrity so I can get back on a real 'ship'.
Touche! I totally agree. We are long time HAL fans. A last minute oppurtunity came up that allowed us to cruise on RCL's Freedom of the Seas back in June and were simply overwhelmed by the size of the ship and the number of passengers. We were booked in a grand suite mid ship and it was a very nice stateroom. But, compared to the S suites on HAL ships, it was small and the balcony was teeny tiny. Other than a few minor annoyances, we totally enjoyed the cruise, BUT it was nothing like the relaxed, elegance of cruising on HAL.
I suppose there are a lot of people who like the mega ships and all they have to offer, but its just not our preference. The other thing that we found generally annoying was that the ship was totally overrun by younger kids, Id say ages 10-13. We really dont mind the kids, when they are well behaved. Unfortunately the gang of misfits on this ship were anything but well behaved. We kept asking ourselves, where are their parents?
Anyway, I think that will probably be our last cruise on a huge ship, even if we do get a great deal. We're cruising on NCL's Spirit in May and are looking forward to being aboard a much smaller ship. Even though its not one of our favorite HAL ships.
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