The Fincantieri hull design which provides great stability (as I recently learned in hurricane force winds), reasonable draft and high manueverability is proving to be highly desireable to both passenger and crew alike. The new stateroom configurations are wonderful (i.e. Cove Balconies) and this 130,000 ton class of ship gets into nearly all the popular ports without requiring substantial alterations to the port facilities.
It is an excellent design and should be repeated a few more times. It is adefinite winner!!
I agree with Dwayne on this.. I just hope they can come up with a more original name...Having the same name for ships from multiple lines is getting confusing. "Dream" is used by 3 lines and Freedom by 2 Magic will be reused also... Maybe we should suggest that they hold a name contest to John in his blog?
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Fantasy 90, Celebration 95, Victory 05, Conquest 05, Spirit 6/06, Freedom 6/08, Holiday 7/08, Victory 6/09, Valor 9/09, Dream 6/10, Splendor 8/10,Conquest 8/11,Magic 11/11,Triumph 4/12,Spirit 7/12,Freedom 11/12, Triumph 2/13 - The fire cruise
NCL Dream October 2006, RCCL Mariner OTS June 2007
I wouldn't mind another one either. I'm guessing the lower guest capacity may make the cost per berth to high or something. It wouldn't take much to add some of the new bells and whistles to the original Spirit design it would seem. From what I've seen and heard I'm probably going to like the Dream class. As long as it doesn't have that crowded feel to it.