Is Bigger Better?
We have new ships arriving almost monthly, Celebrity Edge, MSC Seaview, P&O Iona, to name a few and they all have one thing in common. BIG. BIGGER, BIGGEST?
Yes, All new ships being built nowadays are big and therefore they are busy ships, but what I ask myself is, what is wrong with Traditional Cruising? Mid size or even Small, quiet, tranquil ships?
Fred Olsen seems to have offer Mid size and Small ships and are proving to have a very loyal following, P&O have their adult exclusive Oriana, Arcadia and soon to be Aurora and the family friendly Oceana, but who has really made the grade with offering exclusive Mid size and small ships?
Cruise and Maritime Voyages. In my opinion, all of their ships, the Columbus, Magellan, Marco Polo, Astoria, Astor and newly arrived Vasco di Garma are all Mid Size to Small ships and intimate and passenger friendly. Are they new ships? No, but they all are upgraded and re furbished regularly, admittedly they do not have some of the razzmatazz and glitz and glamour of the new bigger ships, they have a more calmer, less frenetic more intimate feel, with excellent bars, wonderful restaurants and fantastic lounges to enjoy, they also have cruises that are sold at a reasonable price. Even single occupancy has a low 20% charge instead of 80% to 100% like a lot of the other cruise lines.
The Service is great, the food is 4* quality and the entertainment 1st class.
If you are not fond of the new Generation of Big cruise ships, there is plenty of choice out there for you to stay small.
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