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Oasis Of The Seas And The Norwegian Epic  
User currently offline2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 8544 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8021 times:

Do you plan to sail on the new huge generation of cruise ships, does this appeal to you?

What do you feel is the future of cruising and the size of future cruise ships?

I would like to sail ships like the Oasis of the Seas and the Norwegian Epic, I like having plenty of activities to do for cruises of 7 days or more. I will book a cruise for these ships as soon as I can.


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User currently offlineN867DA From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1008 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8000 times:

I would much rather take one of the Cunard ships across the Atlantic. Cruise ships are fun, but there's something special about boarding a ship in a city and knowing that you won't be returning to the same spot in four days on the same ship..but with a tan.


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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19795 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 7950 times:



Quoting N867DA (Reply 1):
I would much rather take one of the Cunard ships across the Atlantic. Cruise ships are fun, but there's something special about boarding a ship in a city and knowing that you won't be returning to the same spot in four days on the same ship..but with a tan.

When I've been on cruises, I usually enjoy my time aboard the ship more than I enjoy my time in port. You are so limited as to what you can do in port and it's all touristy crap. But the days at sea are great. Relax, read, do ship-board activities, go to classes, stare at the ocean.

One of my favorite days aboard a ship was the Legend of the Seas through the Panama Canal. Fantastic scenery, but we never got off the ship.


User currently offlineAsuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2373 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7945 times:

I'd honestly prefer to cruise on a Windstar ship or something smaller with a higher level of luxury than a RCCL ship.

User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7919 times:

Made in Finland, problems to get them out of the Baltic sea with all the bridges are being built
around Denmark.


User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7889 times:

Oasis of the seas is going to be amazing - sign me up.

Norwegian Epic is butt-ugly though. I dont like NCL anyway - crews are not as nice/helpful.

Give me a nice Holland-America or P&O boat any day.



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User currently onlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3771 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7885 times:

I've never been on a proper cruise, and it's something I'd like to try. The nearest I've gotten is probably going from Port Everglades to Grand Bahama Island, on a cruise ship (the trip was marketed as a mini-cruise). In reality, though the ship was a (fairly old) cruise ship, it was a ferry service, and only served to take us from Port Everglades to the Bahamas, where we stayed for a few days. Crowded and very boring, mind you.

Still, I'm not a fan of the mass-produced holidays concept, and if I were to go on a cruise, I'd like it to be on a smaller ship, and I'd like to try out a longer triå. I've looked at the Seabourn Cruises website, and it looks really nice. The ships are alot smaller, AFAIK none take more than a few hundred PAX. A trip from Hong Kong to Piraeus, Greece in cheapest cabin with a balcony is €21.000. That's alot of money, but considering that it gives you a decent home for the next five weeks and takes you to Vietnam, Thailand, India, Dubai, Egypt and Israel, it's not totally over the top. Better start saving up!

Quoting Alessandro (Reply 4):
Made in Finland, problems to get them out of the Baltic sea with all the bridges are being built
around Denmark.

Really? I'd think with the 4 km tunnel there would be plenty of space to sail through Öresund if the ship is too large to fit under the bridge. But, perhaps the tunnel isn't deep enough?

Cheers
Mats



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User currently offlineTylerDurden From United States of America, joined May 2008, 852 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7811 times:



Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 5):

Norwegian Epic is butt-ugly though

Epic Fail is right. It looks like a large, retarded child. And with the motel looking courtyards and those overdone public rooms it's likely going to be a favorite of Union Locals nationwide (4000 at a pop, as well).

I can't imagine a worse vacation.

Quoting N867DA (Reply 1):
You are so limited as to what you can do in port and it's all touristy crap

Unless you play golf, scuba, tennis, parasail, waveriders, hike, volleyball on the beach......


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7768 times:



Quoting Doona (Reply 6):
Really? I'd think with the 4 km tunnel there would be plenty of space to sail through Öresund if the ship is too large to fit under the bridge. But, perhaps the tunnel isn't deep enough?

Cheers
Mats

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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12251 posts, RR: 35
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7765 times:
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Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 5):
Norwegian Epic is butt-ugly though. I dont like NCL anyway - crews are not as nice/helpful.

DAMN. That IS ugly...looks like a ship that was expanded later on in life.



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User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6049 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7604 times:

While the name means "big," I think that the Epic is only comparable to RCCL's Freedom class ships, as they are all around the same tonnage.

I'd like to know carnival's position on this. While they may not have the biggest of ships, at least their entire fleet an still get into most all ports.



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User currently offlineAverageUser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7599 times:



Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 5):
Oasis of the seas is going to be amazing - sign me up.

Good news for future cruisers - the building of the ship is almost on schedule (2 or 3 days late), although there have been some problems with misplaced holes for tubing through the decks, and there's been a problem with painting the "amphitheatre" in open cold air.

The bad news is that more similar orders for the yard don't seem to be arriving after these 2 Oasis class ships. link (Finn.)


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27034 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7598 times:

Im looking forward to Oasis and Epic. Also Celebrity Equinox. Whenever there is a new ship launched its an exciting time.

User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6049 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7593 times:

In other news, T minus 14 days until I leave for my cruise. Big grin


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User currently offlineBaguy From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 546 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks ago) and read 7544 times:



Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 5):
Norwegian Epic is butt-ugly though

That is the understatement of the century! It looks like some 20 year old ferry! Yuuuuck! yuck 

BAguy


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27034 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks ago) and read 7542 times:

I think its the top bit at the front that makes it look weird. The rest is ok.

http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu281/anetpics2009/ncl-epic-2.jpg


User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9219 posts, RR: 21
Reply 16, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7522 times:



Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter):

Do you plan to sail on the new huge generation of cruise ships, does this appeal to you?

I am hoping to go on Oasis for my honeymoon in October, 2010. That is going to be an awesome ship, and my first cruise ever! My fiancee was on 2 cruises before. She was on Norwegian back in January 2005 as well as on RCL's Navigator of the Seas back in 2003.



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User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7443 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7519 times:



Quoting AverageUser (Reply 11):
The bad news is that more similar orders for the yard don't seem to be arriving after these 2 Oasis class ships. link (Finn.)

I thought that there was a forth Freedom class ship for 2011 after the Genesis ships were completed.


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7518 times:

I'll stick with the small ships, like the Former Renaissance Lines ships, now part of Oceania and Princess . . .

I don't want to be but a number on my cruise. I don't want to have to wear a tux when I cruise.

I like Princess, but hazard to get aboard anything with 2000 pax or more.

And nothing on the high seas today looks particularly "different". All boxes on hulls and that's about it. Even the newest Cunard ship, long the hallmark of the ocean, are the same old thing.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27034 posts, RR: 58
Reply 19, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7515 times:



Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 18):
Oceania

Welcome back ANCFlyer. Id love to go on the Regatta and the dress code is country casual which is nice .



http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu281/anetpics2009/Regatta-Grand-Staircase-723297.jpg



User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7514 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 19):
Welcome back ANCFlyer. Id love to go on the Regatta and the dress code is country casual which is nice .

This former R class ships are exceptional. One of the biggest draws for me on them is the dress code. Another . . . NO KIDS!!!!

I prefer the 7000 series cabins, particularly 7001.

The guys that ran Renaissane before 9/11 are also running Oceania. Best cruise I ever had was the Western Med.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 19):
Welcome back

Thanks!  thumbsup 


User currently offlineJetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1648 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7509 times:
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I have been partial to Holland America for the past 15 or so years, they haven’t gone the huge mega ship route.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 19):
Welcome back ANCFlyer

That goes for me too, welcome back.

JetStar


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27034 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7507 times:



Quoting Jetstar (Reply 21):
I have been partial to Holland America for the past 15 or so years, they haven't gone the huge mega ship route.

Yes I like HAL also. I was on the Eurodam launch, really nice ships and homely furnishings.


User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7443 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7504 times:



Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 18):
And nothing on the high seas today looks particularly "different". All boxes on hulls and that's about it. Even the newest Cunard ship, long the hallmark of the ocean, are the same old thing.

I disagree the Disney ships are very elegant and don't look like a block of flats on a hull. The twin funnels and cruiser stern give those boats great lines, very reminiscent of an ocean liner rather than a cruise ship.

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User currently offlineAverageUser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7497 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 17):

I thought that there was a forth Freedom class ship for 2011 after the Genesis ships were completed.

According to project manager Ilvonen: "there's nothing in our order book at 18 months from now", and that some major structural components builders have already been laid off.

Turun Sanomat, the local newspaper in Turku, has it (3 March 2009) that there'll be no fourth Freedom class ship built. link (Finn.)

[Edited 2009-04-07 14:53:31]

25 Post contains links Qantasistheway : Having been on one cruise I think I would prefer a much smaller ship and therefore I would love to take this cruise down the Nile: http://www.oberoiza
26 Post contains links ANCFlyer : Disney Ships - Rug Rats. I don't do kids. Agreed . . . . and their building a couple more . . . wonder what they'll look like? DISNEY DREAM 128,000 S
27 KiwiRob : Ok I'll see what my guy in Finland has to say, I thought we had already signed a letter of intent for this ship. The company I work for have sold equi
28 OA260 : Yes RCI is going to be making alot of cuts. Yeah you dont want screaming kids around you when your on vacation. I didnt know Oceania was NO kids !! I
29 ANCFlyer : Great ships and itineraries . . . . I particularly like they're Med cruises, especially if I can get to Morrocco and Gibraltar in one ride! I don't k
30 2707200X : I think their is value on all ship sizes and I like that. Small ships are good for unbusy ports and exclusive places where 70,000+ ton ships can't doc
31 Andaman : I'm afraid you are right I live close to the former Aker Yards in Helsinki, all soon history...
32 Steeler83 : More like the "daycare ships." That would certainly make for one interesting honeymoon tho. "So, honey, you wanna have kinds someday?" Huh? I'd like
33 ANCFlyer : NOOOO! She says, screaming as she runs for the adult only pool or your private quarters . . . . LMAO!! Leve there immediately and grab the DHC 6 Otte
34 Steeler83 : What?!! A leap of faith overboard isn't an option? Heh, thanks for the tip, but my fiancee already got a taste of St Thomas, and she told me that was
35 2707200X : Kid cruises are a pain the kids run into your knees or run around you and make a lot of noise, I know, I have been through it.
36 Post contains links and images Goldenshield : Whatever floats your boat (no pun intended.)   RCCL has all the neat toys, but not everyone wants them, or needs them. Although, from what I underst
37 OA260 : Yeah I cant wait to see that also. I like all the ships I go on. They each have their own pros and cons. I just love being on ships lol...
38 Post contains links OA260 : The excitement is mounting as we reveal more about the new Norwegian Epic, including the most expansive Aqua Park at sea. The Aqua Park takes NCL Free
39 MCOflyer : I've seen the Disney up close in Port Canaveral and man they are huge. Same goes for the RCL ships. KH
40 2707200X : When I was 8 in 1987, I remember Premier Cruise Lines as the official cruise line of Disney World and me and my family went on the ship as part of tra
41 MCOflyer : I know one of the execs of the defunct Premier cruise lines. Richard Niernberg. I know that family and its a shame Premier went under. KH
42 Post contains links MCOflyer : His name was Bruce Nierenberg and I know the family quite well. Heres a recent article written up by him: http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/feature
43 AverageUser : Doubt if he'll have anything to add to the published info. There was a letter of intent, but intents don't necessarily come true. What is interesting
44 KiwiRob : My guy in Finland pretty much said what you have said but also added just wait and see.
45 Post contains images OA260 : For those that like smaller intimate ships the Silversea Prince Albert is supposed to be unique.
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