Thanks to both of you for your thoughts. . .My concerns with the smaller ships are crowded areas and lack of entertainment venues, which f-mattox did address. Of course, fewer people does mean less of a chance of a crowd.
BTW, my husband also said he isn't too keen on watching a movie on the deck of a cruise ship. I think it would be okay, but the ship we;re leaning toward doesn't have it.
Right now, we are leaning toward a 15-day on the Star Princess (large ship). . .Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Brussels, LeHavre, Vigo, Lisbon, Seville, Casablanca, Gibraltar, Barcelona, Cannes, Livorno and Citavecchia. The RCCL that we were considering leaves Southampton and does a similar route, but it has more sea days (which we really don't like much).
We also like the idea of anytime dining, which RCCL doesn't offer.
So, I probably should start a new discussion on this, but my one big concern on this itinerary is Casablanca and security there. Anyone ever been there??
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