Cooke - Answered a Question by abela (19 Sep 08 13:38)

It is a matter of personal choice. Obviously large ships have many more facilities/activities than small ones. If you are crossing the Atlantic this would be important. If you are cruising Norway it is not so important because the scenery is the best entertainment. If you want Las Vegas type shows than an American ship is your best bet. If you want a friendly House-party atmosphere then Ocean Majesty (500 guests)or something similar would suit you. A big plus for smaller ships is their ability to get into smaller ports and to dock where bigger ships are at anchor. Queues for tenders can be very frustrating. Whatever you decide, have a great time.

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Neil and Ida Down - Answered a Question by abela (19 Sep 08 16:01)

We have recently returned from a cruise on Explorer of the Seas and have written a review based on your question. As "Cooke of Ashby" says so eloquently basically it's horses for courses and in our opinion the ships that suit us best are the smaller ones. This maybe because it is harder for fellow passengers, who you have just met, to hide away and avoid you but also because we find that they have a more personal feel to them. They can also reach the ports that other ships can't reach, to paraphrase a well known beverage, and as you get older it is easier to go from one major part of the ship to another without feeling that you have been on a route march. Our next two are on Azamara and we are so looking forward to revisiting that size ship and that particular cruiseline again. Regards, Neil and Ida.

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Wilba - Answered a Question by abela (19 Sep 08 20:33)

I can honestly say some of our best cruises have been on 'smaller' ships going into ports the big fella's can't get near, a far more intimate atmosphere where you meet people, & actually see them on a day to day basis & have a drink or two with them. The 'Megadons' are great for the 'Wow' factor but I feel it's sometimes like being in Tescos, hundreds of people & completly impersonal. A point made by A of N about the new mega-mega OASIS OS is the ship will not be 'Tendering', so some of the best ports I have visited & those magical little Islands I have had the pleasure of stepping onto will no longer be a part of cruising for the Big Ship followers. Regards.

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