Mikey Arison has stated a few times that the QM2 will remain Carnival Corp's largest vessel for the foreseeable future.
However, if the economy really does pick up we can see the ships go larger than Dream, no doubt. Right now, I doubt we will see anything on the ghastly scale of Oasis OTS, but somewhere in the middle. Carnival, although an innovative cruise line does tend to side a tad with the 'traditional' cruise product that they invented, that of the fun ships, although I do use the term traditional lightly. A ship on the size of Oasis does not fit with the overall direction the company has been taking for the past few years. If you notice, all their ships are more or less similar, with the atrium, theater, dining room, etc. With the Dream class we've seen some innovations, but nothing game-changing- it's merely another CCL
ship with larger capacity, and some new ideas.
is very profitable at the moment, and I do not see why they'd abandon ship for an RCI style approach, as right now its unnecessary.
Cruise lines, as previously stated make a lot of their money today from the onboard revenue, rather than the cruise fare itself. Somehow, this drives me to another point- premium and ultra-luxury lines these days, to those who can afford the fare, are a lot better value for money. Take this as an example-
My last Seabourn cruise cost $3799 per person, for a week in the Medeteranian. To say Seabourn is something else would be doing the company no justice- they have a product that is sheer, utter luxury in ever single aspect. To have what Seabourn gives you at sea on shore you'd be paying more than $10000. The aforementioned price is the same as a J ticket TATL from LHR
. Anyway, back to my point, on that cruise, my on board spending was about $600, which included just the extra shore excursions and gifts I had purchased. Everything else, surprisingly, is included.
On the other hand, when I ran into some free time in Miami earlier this year, I jumped on the Norwegian Sky. Cruise fare was just $320, but I ended up spending $850 on the 3 night cruise. Yes, I did opt for a lot of the ''extras'', but even fresh juice is considered extra on NCL
these days... I won't complain, for NCL
fares are some of the lowest in the industry, but if you want to take your liberty on a cruise, paying to be on a ship where everything is included can serve you much money in the long run, nevermind the levels of service you are likely to encounter on board would also be something else.
The premium lines, like HAL and X also are a very good value for money, all things considered.