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We love the size of the Freedom class and even enjoy Majesty for short cruises. There does not appear to be any investment in building the smaller ships for the budget lines. We have looked at the other cruise lines but the cost is at least double and sometimes more. Fortunately, it will be a long time before RC only has the monster ships.

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I also preferred Mid size ships. There is certainly a market for them (look at Celebrity) and that market is probably older than the ones that enjoy the mega ships as their is much more to do if they have children regardless of age. (I think I"m in the "older" category now, but my brain still says I'm 25! ) LOL

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Also, and you would think this would make economic sense ...... Not every port can accommodate the larger ships, so, wouldn't it make sense to have smaller ones to increase the number of destinations and embarkation points?  I love that New Orleans is back in the picture, but I was thinking of Charleston, SC as a good midway point between Florida and the Mid-Atlantic...... We already go there as a destination, so perhaps we can build on that.

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2 minutes ago, FloridaCruiseGirl1210 said:

What do ya'll classify as a mid-size ship? Like what class? Would Voyager class (Mariner, Adventure, etc.) be considered mid-size?

Good Question ..... My brain classified mid-size as Vision or Radiance Class with Sovereign & Empress being small

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I lean toward the medium to smaller ships myself, but understand the economics don't work out for new builds when retrofitting an existing ship seems so much more economical when almost every sailing is virtually sold out, and when the huge ships are selling out as well. I think the market has to change pretty substantially for us to see mid-size ships being built for RC any time soon. They are squeezing their ROI out of Majesty and Empress,, so I think the same will hold true for Vision, Radiance and Voyager Class ships when they get to the same age.

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30 minutes ago, Matt said:

Royal Caribbean does build medium sized ships....they're on Celebrity Cruises

They could even transfer over a Celebrity ship if they really wanted, but I don't see that happening until they start seeing empty cabins on a bigger ship's run.  Seems like the medium ship experience is going to cost Celebrity money for the foreseeable future.  But to be fair, X doesn't always cost more than a comparable itinerary on Royal, especially when you figure in sales and perks that X seems more generous with.

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2 hours ago, coneyraven said:

Also, and you would think this would make economic sense ...... Not every port can accommodate the larger ships, so, wouldn't it make sense to have smaller ones to increase the number of destinations and embarkation points?  I love that New Orleans is back in the picture, but I was thinking of Charleston, SC as a good midway point between Florida and the Mid-Atlantic...... We already go there as a destination, so perhaps we can build on that.

indeed, as to Charleston, SC - we live 2 hours south - so would definitely sail from there - Grandeur does come in as a day stop;  we cannot bring ourselves to try Carnavel - haha

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2 hours ago, Boston Babe said:

I also preferred Mid size ships. There is certainly a market for them (look at Celebrity) and that market is probably older than the ones that enjoy the mega ships as their is much more to do if they have children regardless of age. (I think I"m in the "older" category now, but my brain still says I'm 25! ) LOL

someday we will have to try Celebrity - likely when we no longer feel like driving 5 hrs to FL & resign ourselves to packing light & flying

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2 hours ago, Orange Crush said:

But to be fair, X doesn't always cost more than a comparable itinerary on Royal, especially when you figure in sales and perks that X seems more generous with.

Which is why I'm booked on 4 Celebrity sailings and only 2 RC at the moment. Dollar for Dollar, Celebrity was less money with the 4 perks. But then again, I like their size ships and the demographic of their customers so it's a bit different for me. Who knows, if I do book Oasis I may fall in love and say what have I been missing! LOL

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1 hour ago, twangster said:

Royal is investing in their mid-size ships bringing new Oasis like features to them.  

https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2018/04/30/royal-caribbean-releases-royal-amplified-fleet-upgrade-schedule

Freedom and Voyager class. 

With these modernizations there is plenty to chose from across the fleet. 

 

I don't think people who like and enjoy the midsize ships like or want or care about adding all these bells and whistles...or at least that's the impression that I get.

 

People that like and enjoy them..like and enjoy them for what they currently are like. Not looking to cram more stuff to do and pay for on the smaller ships.

 

Or am I way off course here??

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1 hour ago, tiny260 said:

If I remember correctly, when I first started cursing Royal (2000), I switched over so that I could cruise on "The biggest cruise ship in the world""Voyager", I had previously been on the NCL Seaward, so they may be Mid sized now but they were not always...

I started cursing long before 2000....

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35 minutes ago, monctonguy said:

I don't think people who like and enjoy the midsize ships like or want or care about adding all these bells and whistles...or at least that's the impression that I get.

 

Honestly I think you hit the nail on the head. It really boils down to personal preference.  While my friend @Lovetocruise2002 loves her larger ships, she's young and has children that accompany her and there is so much to do for everyone and be happy.  Hubby and I  are at the point where you want less children (please not haters, we love children, he taught for 30 years!), but casino, a few drinks and relax and that's about it.  So I think you are right. We don't need the bells and whistles.

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41 minutes ago, Boston Babe said:

Honestly I think you hit the nail on the head. It really boils down to personal preference.  While my friend @Lovetocruise2002 loves her larger ships, she's young and has children that accompany her and there is so much to do for everyone and be happy.  Hubby and I  are at the point where you want less children (please not haters, we love children, he taught for 30 years!), but casino, a few drinks and relax and that's about it.  So I think you are right. We don't need the bells and whistles.

That is exactly it @Boston Babe.  I love the the OA class ships because of all the variety.  Even without my kids, I still love the OA class because I myself like the variety.  There really is something for everyone on those ships.  And I get the part about wanting less children.  When I'm on vacation, I want no where near them either because I see kids every day.  But the beauty of OA class is that there are so many places to go to get away.

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1 hour ago, monctonguy said:

I don't think people who like and enjoy the midsize ships like or want or care about adding all these bells and whistles...or at least that's the impression that I get.

 

People that like and enjoy them..like and enjoy them for what they currently are like. Not looking to cram more stuff to do and pay for on the smaller ships.

 

Or am I way off course here??

It's a mixed bag for me.  They should totally change up venues and activities to keep things fresh.  I don't want to repeat sailing a ship or itinerary years later and have everything be identical again.  But I also don't want half the public areas on the ship behind a velvet rope and an upcharge when they weren't before . . . which unfortunately has seemed like the direction they're going.

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1 hour ago, monctonguy said:

I don't think people who like and enjoy the midsize ships like or want or care about adding all these bells and whistles...or at least that's the impression that I get.

People that like and enjoy them..like and enjoy them for what they currently are like. Not looking to cram more stuff to do and pay for on the smaller ships.

Or am I way off course here??

I must have missed something.  Why the desire for Royal to build new mid-size ships if not to enjoy newer amenities?   

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