Shrinking Ships

Not quite what I meant!

Not quite what I meant!

Have you noticed that when some ships get refitted, some public rooms disappear and additional cabins appear in the same location?

Now the cruise lines call this “an enhanced choice of accommodation”.

Well, it is only an advantage to the people who book those cabins. What about the hundreds of passengers who loose a public room or two. What about the fact that then ship will become more crowded with extra passengers from the extra cabins.

Adding more cabins is of course a method of making a ship more profitable. Even a handful of additional cabins, must generate a significant income, when viewed over a five year period. Let’s not forget those extra passengers (2+ per cabin) will also spend extra money on-board.

Losing public rooms is quite common on older/smaller ships. However even bigger/more modern ships can suffer from this unpleasant fate.

RCI’s ‘Freedom of the Seas’ (2006) had many new cabins added in her recent re-fit, including 19 in the space that was the ‘Crypt’ discotheque.

One loss of a public room which personally upset me, is the cinema on-board the ‘Thomson Celebration’

Now I do enjoy a dedicated cinema on-board a ship, but they are becoming increasingly rare. New ships just do not tend to have purpose built cinemas. It’s become too much of a luxury. It does not generate income.

Modern ships occasionally use the main Theatre for movies, have a big screen on deck or expect you to watch movies on you cabin TV – sometimes even pay-per-view.

(Thomson Spirit - Click to enlarge)

Thomson Spirit, with cinema (Click to enlarge)

(Thomson Celebration, 6 cabins replace cinema)

Thomson Celebration, 6 cabins replace the cinema.

Thomson Cruises are a prime example:

‘Spirit’ and ‘Celebration’ (ex Holland America Line) were identical ships. Both had charming dedicated cinemas. However in a recent refit, Celebration lost hers. It was replaced with six cabins (see deck plans above).

Fortunately Celebration’s sister ship, ‘Thomson Spirit’ still retains her original cinema, but for how long?

Malcolm

Thomson Celebration Review HERE:

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4 Responses to “Shrinking Ships”

  1. Matt B Says:

    I agree, the ever-reducing sq foot of public space to number of passengers ratio is very noticeable on some ships!

  2. Malcolm Oliver Says:

    Thanks Bruce, Celebration is a charming ship. Any loss of a public room is rather sad as far as I’m concerned.

  3. Fredrick V. James Says:

    I always enjoy a cinema aboard, and not necessarily outside on deck. For those days at sea, maybe it’s overcast so you duck into a movie for a few hours. I was just aboard the Star princess and her public rooms were completely empty most of the time,but the theater was a popular attraction away from pools, I’m glad they still have it!

  4. Bruce Tucker Says:

    Bean counters seem totally unaware of the principal of ‘voting with your feet’.
    They also ignore at their peril, blogs like yours and reviews of cruise critic/review.
    Celebration was good when we were aboard but this might make me rethink.
    Keep up the good work.
    Regards.
    Bruce

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