Because we've cruised on Norwegian, we frequently receive notice of special deals. Lately, they've been hitting us hot and heavily with specials on Epic their new mammoth ship. It boasts 4200 capacity/double occupancy. (Does this mean it can hold 8400 passengers?) Doesn't matter; 4200 is way too many for us. And while watching ships like Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas pulling into port is certainly thrilling, we won't be on them.
I think cruise lines, like NCL, have made a big mistake. Yes, these floating communities featuring courtyards, spas, rock climbing walls, and offer guests full resort amenities and entertainment. For some this appeals, but traveling with that many people holds absolutely no enjoyment for us. In fact, we had originally chosen NCL, because they offered cruising to Alaska on a 'smaller ship', Norwegian Wind (occupancy about 1700), which was retired in 2007. Last year, our trip to Bermuda on NCL's Norwegian Majesty, a ship of commensurate size to Norwegian Wind, was a wonderful experience as we departed out of Baltimore and down the Chesapeake Bay into the Atlantic. Now, NCL can no longer cruise out of smaller ports like Baltimore and Vancouver, because the ships are too big.
I could be totally wrong and building and sailing these behemoths may be economically viable. Will we recant and reconsider? No. I think these ships will be sailing without us.
- I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three grand mother of four, and have been married to the same man for 48 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.