Also, older doesn't mean the ship is worn out. Recently we have been going on RCI's smaller (and yes, older) ships. Frankly our cruise on the Grandeur in June ranks among the best cruises we've ever done. If someone didn't know the ship was 13 years old they would have thought it was much newer. Sometimes "wow" factor isn't missed because the crew, passenger demographics, and the ports all come together in perfect harmony.