Large Ship or Small Ship? Choosing Your Cruise…


One question which we are often asked is what are the benefits of cruising onboard a large ship, compared with a smaller ship? In this post, I will try and highlight some of the pros and cons of cruising on larger ships. Look out for the next post where I will be focusing on smaller ships.

Large Ships – Benefits

  • Larger ships usually have a greater range of onboard entertainment. With more guests to cater for, it is essential that they have a number of venues and various shows to entertain all of their guests.
  • Larger ships have room for sports facilities, such as onboard basketball courts, mini-golf and rock climbing walls. There are now ships which even have an onboard bowling alley!
  • Large ships have room for facilities such as onboard spas and a range of different swimming pools.
  • Big cruise ships are, well, bigger! A lot of people like to walk around their ship for exercise and this is a lot easier on a big ship. They can also hold more shops and places to visit than smaller cruise ships. Basically, there is more to see which can be a very good thing when you are spending a few days at sea.
  • A lot of people report feeling more sturdy on bigger ships, and feeling less movement from the sea.

Large Ships – Drawbacks

  • Larger cruise ships will not be able to dock at all ports as there often isn’t room for huge ships in smaller ports.
  • When you dock at a stop off, you have to queue to get off the ship and when it is carrying around 3000 guests, this can take a fair bit of time. The same applies for disembarking at the end of your cruise.
  • Due to the large amount of people on the cruise, some cruise lines make you share your dining table with other guests for your evening meal.
  • Due to the size of the ship, you may feel that everything is just too spaced out and it can take a long time to get from one part of the ship to another.

About Author

Since her first job at First Choice Holidays, Kelly has clocked up 12 years' experience in the travel industry. She specialises in cruise line news and transatlantic cruises.

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