So who's ready to get on a ship with 5399 other passengers? Anybody think Royal Caribbean has finally gone too far with its Project Genesis?
Ten years ago when I first heard about Grand Princess' 109,000 gt and 2600 pax I said I would never get on a ship that big; and of course now it is one of my favorites.
But 220,000 gt and 5400 pax? Over twice as big? Talk about WOW factor!!
Anybody think this could be their next favorite?
I'm certainly going to try it, hopefully on the first revenue cruise or shortly thereafter.
It isn't so much about how many people are aboard the ship as how you manage them. I've been with almost 4000 people on the Freedom Of The Seas. It was well managed and I never felt like I was in Times Square on New Years Eve. Obviously some things need to be done differently. You can't simply have a welcome aboard cocktail party for 5400 people, but then RCI has already changed the format for that event with the smaller ships currently in service.
Have you seen the artist's rendition of the Genesis (well, I guess you have since you read the new issue of Cruise Travel)? Quite impressive to say the least!
Hmm.. looks like they are starting to "de-clutter" the top of the ship too.. Of course that could just be from the artist's perspective.. the engineer's will come along and realize you need radio mast and radar domes still.. But its still a massive looking ship.
They will have to offer a lot more activities to keep large crowds from running into each other all the time.. it is like Dave said.. its how you manage 5400 psgrs that will dictate things.
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