has any1 else noticed that all (a few) of the newer ships look very much alike? everything is in the exact same place with just a different theme. i mean of course they are beautiful, but to me it makes it seem like "once you've seen one you've seen em all" (and im referring to the new carnival ships cuz i havent been on any other one in 2 years so for all i know rccl's ships could be starting to looking alike too)
virtually all major cruise lines have large series of sister ships. As an example, Royal Caribbean has five "Voyager"-class ships (with the new "Freedom"-class being very similar) and NCL already has four ships based on the "Norwegian Star" with another two on order. It's much cheaper to build several ships based on the same design than to build individual ships. I'm not a friend of this myself, but I have to admit that this is one reason why today cruising is a vacation for the average "you and me" and not only for rich people.
Also I forgot, just because the Ships are structurally the same does not make them the same. Even the Fantasy Class ships all have a different theme and feel to them. I actually like them on a less than 7 day cruise because I know the layout and don't have to spend my time being lost. And is fun as they re-do them, a few years ago they totally re-did the Fantasy promenade deck, and was interesting to see the changes, and remember what use to be there.
Me and my wife have been on 2 cruises with Carnival. One on the Conquest and one on the Valor. The themes were much different but your right the layout was exactly the same. Everything was in the same spot and it kinda took the fun out of the cruise just a little bit. It didn't feel like something new and exciting having said that though I loved both cruises and can't wait to go again. I plan on going on a cruise every year until I can go no more and I'm only 26!!! We are going to set our tax return aside each year so we can spoil ourselves.
Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas-2007
Is Carnival promoting the Freedom as a different class of ship? Looking at the Carnival website I see no significant differences between the Freedom and the Conquest. Same size. Same layout for the most part.
no, they don't promote her as a different class of ship. She will be very similar to the "Carnival Conquest" with the changes being smaller than those between "Carnival Destiny" and "Carnival Triumph". "Carnival Splendor" will be yet another different evolution of the "Conquest"-class, being a near-sister to Costa Crociere's recently launched "Costa Concordia". And there have been reports that the 130,000 gt vessel ordered by Carnival several months ago is also based on the "Destiny"- / "Conquest"-class, even though Carnival does promote that ship as a "completely new class".