It will be interesting to see what features they come up with for this new class of ship(s).
2002 Adventure, Explorer
2003 Navigator, Serenade
2004 Voyager, Adventure
2009 Liberty, Enchantment
2010 Independence, Liberty
2011 Liberty, Freedom
2012 Freedom, Freedom, Independence
Feb 2013 Liberty
Mar 2013 Liberty
Nov 2013 Independence
They are going to have to be very creative at getting 500 more passenges in a slightly smaller Freedom class ship. We felt just a bit crowded on the Liberty while we didn't on the Navigator. However, I do like that they are still building new ships in a down economy instead of resting on their laurels.
1992 MV Royal Majesty
1993 MV Royal Majesty
1996 Sun Princess
2007 Liberty of the Seas
2010 Navigator of the Seas
2010 Radiance of the Seas
They're going to have to put them in different debarkation points, or greatly improve the roads/entrances into Port Everglades. The day I arrived in Ft. Lauderdale, last Sunday, there were 8 ships trying to unload/reload passengers. The Allure was one of them. It took me over an hour to go 3 miles. Both entrances were backed up onto the highways, and not just a few cars, but about 2 miles of cars. If you have even 3 ships and one of them loads 5400 passengers, the other two ships loads 2-3 thousand people, it's a logistics nightmare. I still don't know how they plan to sell 21,600 passengers a week on just 4 of their ships. Maybe they plan on getting rid of some of their smaller ones, which I think would be a shame.
I, too, am glad to see them stimulating economies. Too bad the US cannot build ships like that. Sure would put a lot of people to work, but the shipyards overseas do a magnificent job.
I think Princess and Costa are also purchasing new ships. Aren't they Dave?
There is a meaning to the "Sunshine" class. I talked to Captain Johnny about it during our bridge tour. There is suppose to be a lot of enclosed areas. Remember the retractable glass roof over the solarium?
I just posted a long message about our last six days on the Allure, today is our last day. Some how it never got posted - at least I don't think is did.