What’s Your Ideal or Preferred Ship Size for Ocean Cruise Ships?

Ship sizes range from megaships (over 4,000 passengers) to very small vessels and luxury yachts whose passengers number in mere dozens. Knowing the differences is key to planning your best cruise vacation.

See ships over 1,000 passengers here and read about some of the benefits below.

Large to Extra, Extra Large Ships
These megaships boast unparalleled options in entertainment and amenities. They truly give the impression of being on board a floating city and provide endless choices in dining, activities and shopping (some are so large as to even incorporate a “mall” area with brand name stores). If you desire a resort-type feel from your cruise or worry about sea-sickness, this may be your best option.

Some benefits of XXL ships:

  • A large variety of cabin options in every price range
  • Dining options that range from small, informal cafes to 5-star restaurants
  • Over the top entertainment options that include Broadway-quality shows, 3-D movie theaters, large casinos, extensive waterpark areas and more
  • Extremely comprehensive children’s programs and amenities
  • Increased ship stability; little sea motion

Extra Large Ships (XL)
These extra-large ships are a destination unto themselves and are especially good for families and multigenerational cruises due to the many amenities found onboard. There is something for everyone, and many cruisers enjoy their time onboard as much as they do the destinations they visit.

Some benefits of XL ships:

  • An abundance of cabin options in many different price ranges
  • A variety of dining options, ranging from ultra-casual to very upscale and formal
  • A popular favorite with families due to the extensive children’s amenities and programs
  • Round-the-clock facilities and activities, such as casinos, water parks, gyms and spas
  • Excellent entertainment options and Broadway-quality shows like Royal Caribbean’s productions of Chicago, Hairspray and Saturday Night Fever

Large Ships (L)
Large ships offer many of the same amenities as the XL ships, on a slightly smaller scale. They don’t necessarily require a ship map to navigate to entertainment and activity options, and tend to have more personal touches.

Some benefits of L ships:

  • Many cabin options in different price ranges
  • Numerous dining options, ranging from very casual to formal
  • A popular favorite with families due to the extensive children’s amenities and programs
  • Also popular with older cruisers, as the pace onboard is not as frenetic
  • A variety of activities, such as casinos, gyms and spas and often there are bridge instructors on longer itineraries
  • Entertainment options may include things like a fireworks display, outdoor movies and stage shows
  • Onboard lecturers are often more cerebral with topics like history, politics and geography.

Cover photo: Water Park The Blaster propelled slide Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas ©Dennis Cox/WorldViews

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