Dear Fellow Cruisemates,
I am in the process of designing a cruise vessel. On-board I would like to offer many options as far as rooms, entertainment, dinning, pools, ect. This is why I am asking you to please answer this post with wishes, for a cruise ship. Cruise lines read these boards so you may see some of your innovations on your next cruie! Once agian please answer this post.
My uncle was disapointed because the last ship didn't have a very big selection of cigars. Mayby a 24 hour smoking lounge with a large selection including Cubans. I would like a real shushi bar and Japaneese restaurant.
What a great job that you have, I'm very envious!! I would have to say, and believe it or not, I'm NOT a dancer, but a well laid out disco would be nice. The Grand Princess had a beautiful facility, but I felt like getting around the room was like walking through a maze of tables to reach the dance floor. Pools and the location of them on the ship is VERY important because no matter what, this is where people go to socialize at least part of the day. Not necessarily a lounge, but sitting areas where you can escape the drove of people walking by. This is very important since we cruise with groups of about 12 and we were constantly on the lookout for places to meet and just socialize together.
BIGGER exercise facilities. You can NEVER have enough treadmills. Even on the Grand I could never find one open, and with the current trend of folks towards keeping in shape this is only going to be a bigger selling point for a ship.
Lastly, keep in mind that you are going to see a younger crowd start to participate in cruising. I'm in my mid 30's and I'm seeing more and more people my age starting to enjoy this type of vacation. With both partners usually working full time and trying to juggle a family, its great to have someone make your bed, cook your meals, and bring you drinks while you sit by the pool!! (-:
Hope that this helped? I'm not an architect, but I guess a feeling of openess and the easy access to elevators is much appreciated. My husband became the "tour guide" for our group. For some reason he caught on the quickest to every ship layout that we've been on. That alone can be a turnoff for some folks! I think alot of people still feel that cruising is like being "herded like cattle".....
A functional layout of the public spaces is absolutely paramount so that people naturally flow from one event to the next. It's also essential that there be spaces large enough to accommodate "all ship" events like a tropical deck party (usually in the main pool area) and Princess's "Champagne Waterfall" (usually in the atrium) with unobstructed lines of sight.
>> 1. First and foremost, each space must be large enough to accommodate the number of passengers who typically want to participate in the activities that it offers. Walking into a lounge that has live music for dancing and finding that there are no seats available is not acceptable.
>> 2. Since people usually congregate before going to dinner, there should be a lounge with a bar by the entrance to each main dining room (or each level of a multilevel main dining room).
>> 3. There should be at least two main show rooms -- a Broadway-style theater for production shows and a Vegas-style show lounge for cabaret acts, variety shows, revues, etc.
>> 4. The promenade deck should have a "full circle" passageway. Additinally, it should be wide enough, over most of its length, to accommodate teak deck lounges like those on MV Sun Princess and her sisters while still allowing adequate room for walkers and joggers to pass one another.
>> 5. I expect the main dining room(s) to provide the "five star" cuisine for which main dining rooms on cruise ships are known. Can the "sucker" restaurants with their surcharges and get the main dining room(s) right. Sectioning main dining rooms to provide a more intimate feel is also a nice touch.
>> 6. A 24x7 eatery, like Princess's Horizon Court, is a fantastic concept. I also like to see some alternatives, such as a pizzeria and an outdoor grill, for lunch. The pizzeria also can provide evening snacks or an alternative for those who want a light supper, if indoors.
>> 7. On the idea of sensible layout, the children's center, youth center, teen center, etc., should not be adjacent to passenger cabins.
>> 8. The quiet spaces such as the library and the card and game room should be away from main activity areas like the atrium, the casino, main passageways, the disco, etc., and areas where passengers may tend to congregate that consequently can become noisy, such as the photo gallery, while still being easily accessible.
>> 9. Cabins obviously need to be functional and offer enough space for their intended purpose. The arrangement of convrertible twin/queen beds seems to work very well while providing flexibility to accommodate various situations. In each standard cabin, I also expect to see a desk/vanity, a refrigerator, a television, adequate storage (both closet and drawer), and a head with enough room so one can shave, shower, etc., comfortably and adequate space for toiletries (a couple shelves next to the sink that measure about 10"x18" should be adequate). In addition, there ought to be room for a table with two chairs and, of course, adequate lighting. For a nice touch, orient the head so its doorway is parallel to the longer dimension of the cabin, then position a closets on both sides of the door so that the light from the head can't shine directly into the main area when the door to the head is open.
>> 10. There should be plenty of indoor space to absorb all of the passengers in case of inclement weather without feeling crowded.
If I were designing a cruise ship today, I would use MV Sea Princess, which is a proven winner, as a starting point. The public spaces aboard this vessel function very well. I would improve the layout of the standard cabins, as summarized above, and install a somewhat larger dance floor in the Wheelhouse Lounge. The suites and minisuites on this ship already have an excellent layout. I might also consider adding another deck for passenger cabins but altering the mix to provide more suites and minisuites than the current design and fewer outside cabins with obstructed views than the current incarnation of the design. It's also possible to stretch or to widen the ship somewhat, if desired.
In addition to what the others said, I'd like a ship that was designed to allow the same food choices for in cabin dining as in the formal dining room. I'd also prefer a nice size shower instead of a tub shower that is not easy to get into.
I think alot of people will disagree but I think it's unavoidable in this Digital Age we're in--I'd like to have simple Internet access in the cabins so we can quickly check email inbetween activities.
> I think alot of people will disagree but I think it's
> unavoidable in this Digital Age we're in--I'd like to have
> simple Internet access in the cabins so we can quickly check
> email inbetween activities.
Actually, that's not a bad idea. I like this especially when we are cruising in Europe or Australia where the time zones are so different that it is hard to communicate with family. I don't mean to spend the time I now do on the net when I'm home but just for those important reassurances that everything is OK with the family back home.