Poll Position: Big-Ship Blues

July 23, 2012 | By | 5 Comments

With the dawn of mega-ships like Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas and the recent increase in river cruise popularity, we started to wonder how ship size affects the types of cruises people take.
In keeping with that theme, we decided to poll our readers for their thoughts about big ships.
What we asked: To me, big ships ___.
What they said: A whopping 59 percent said they carry too many passengers. Another 33 percent said big ships are the most fun. A further 5 percent think they offer the best itineraries, and the remaining 2 percent find them to be intimidating.
What it all means: Ok, so maybe passengers are searching for more intimate experiences after all. Based on the distribution of responses, it seems maybe mid-size ships (or even big ships that just aren’t quite as large as the Oasis-class duo) are the best bet for great itineraries and fewer passengers.
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    5 Responses to “Poll Position: Big-Ship Blues”

    1. Roger McCall
      July 23rd, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

      We love RCL and are Diamond cruisers. However, we did just ONE cruise on the Oasis and sais NEVER AGAIN. We could not believe how crowded that ship was.

    2. Festivale Survivor
      July 23rd, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

      One of the great things about a cruise vacation is that there are plenty of choices whether your preference is large or small.

      When I travel the Caribbean, bigger is better for me, as I’ve already seen just about every island and the ship is the real destination. If, on the other hand, I’m travelling on a new or exotic itinerary, I generally prefer the greater passenger and crew interaction typically found on a smaller vessel.

    3. Tom in long beach
      July 24th, 2012 @ 1:31 am

      While I do enjoy large ships, (the biggest I have been on is Queen Mary 2), The Oasis of the Seas class just seems too big. Certainly when you are docking them on small islands. While I also enjoy smaller ships seem those only sail for more expensive boutique cruise lines.

    4. Cheryl Lesage
      July 24th, 2012 @ 6:30 am

      We avoid the Monsters of the Seas. Way too big. Way too many people.

    5. Brian
      July 24th, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

      We’re planning on a cruise aboard the Allure in summer of 2013. I had concerns of crowding and a hectic vibe, but I found Cruise Critic to be helpful in providing tips for finding peaceful retreats. Now I’m not concerned.

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