Choose Your Cruise: Is Bigger Better For You?

oasisside.jpgIs bigger better? It depends. Whereas big ships can be tiring for some just to keep pace with the activities offered, small ships can be boring for those who require lots of stimulation.

So if you’re someone who enjoys lots of activity, you’re likely better suited for a large ship than someone who enjoys the sea-induced inertia inherit to smaller ships.

Port-intensive and scenic itineraries can make up for lack of on-board activity on small ships. On Hurtigruten a few years ago, our small ship turned around in tiny (and spectacular) Troll Fjord, with only a couple of feet to spare between ship and shore. Our ship went where no big ship could. However, our ship had no TV (except in the few suites and in public areas) and no entertainment.

Not all small ships are without entertainment: Windstar Cruises’ sailing ships feature in-cabin flat-panel TVs and a DVD library as well as a crew-performed talent show on some sailings and even spas and workout centers. But rest assured that on most small ships you will not need a listing of events to plan your day.

Aside from offering something for everyone and nonstop activity, big ships are generally better-suited for families, particularly if children are part of the mix.

Almost all large ships feature children’s and teens’ activity centers as well as staterooms designed for families. But big ships also have some disadvantages. Clearly, getting from the bow to the stern will require more steps on, say, Oasis of the Seas than on the SeaDream yachts.

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