Our recent poll in The Roomies Community (join here & get involved - it’s free - www.facebook.com/groups/CruiseRoomRoomies ) showed a really interesting split between you all as to what age a cruise ship would be classed as ‘old’ in your opinion!
Half of you felt that 10-15 year old ships would be considered as old whereas the other half considered 20 years plus to be old! It would seem a ship has a lifespan of approximately 30 years so that would make 10-15 years relative youngsters with not a mid life crisis in sight! 😂
10 YEARS PLUS & STILL IN HUGE DEMAND!
So, would you be surprised if we told you some of the ships that are now over 10 years old? Knowing their age would it change how you feel about cruising on them? Here’s a sample...
Royal Caribbeans game changing Oasis of the Seas turns 10 this year (we have yet to receive a party invite, Jennifer Callister make note!! LOL!) The all singing all dancing Oasis complete with 7 neighborhoods, robotic bars & more is still one of the most technologically advanced and most popular ships at sea! The newly revitalized Independence of the Seas, of course who we all saw looking stunning in Cobh last week is 11 this year! You’d never believe it!
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 turns 15 this year and again if you look at our pictures from the CLIA conference in Southampton we’re guessing you would not have guessed her age! Cunard have refreshed all 3 ships in the last couple of years and while they have a nod to their heritage & traditional cruising their classy & stylish interiors are anything but ‘old’! Timeless!
MSC of course have been brilliantly aggressive in launching several new ships in the last couple of years but this is a recent change of gear and you’ll find several impressive ships with a little more experience such as MSC Splendida who turns 10 this year! (Lirica is MSC’s oldest ship at 16!)
Norwegian Cruise Lines have recently embarked on a Norwegian Edge refresh programmer which has seen 8 of its ships get all spruced up! This includes the 18 year old Norwegian Star which was refreshed last year (NCL Spirit is NCL’s oldest ship at 21)
Princess Cruise have a policy to refresh every ship every 3 years so no matter when you cruise you’re always going to be on a recently refreshed ship! Magic! The current Princess ship calling Ireland home, Crown Princess, is 13 years old. The 2nd ship in the fleet to be Ocean Medallion Enabled was the 15 year old Caribbean Princess!! (Princess Cruises eldest sibling is Sun Princess at 24)
SO WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?
One of your fellow Roomies Neil Steadman touched on it and he’s absolutely right... it’s not so much the age of the ship, it’s when it was last refreshed & refurbished that’s more important! So if you’re looking at a particular deal or itinerary ask your agent when the ship was last refreshed (or you can check on our exclusive Meet the Fleet pages like this one... www.thecruiseroomireland.ie/princess-cruise-fleet )
Ships get refreshed so often that you may never actually realize the age of the ship! Often when they are revitalized with a slightly longer dry dock time they are stripped right back to the shell and completely refitted! The newest ships may have more balcony staterooms or more suites, they are more likely to have the latest technology and the most clever use of space because of the advances in design in recent years. (but Caribbean Princess at 15 is just the 2nd Princess ship to be completely Ocean Medallion enabled so that doesn’t always ring true...)
So don’t ever be out off by the ‘age’ of the ship! Instead check when last refreshed if concerned, check a few reviews and ask your fellow Roomies for their own experiences - they’ll not see you wrong!
Age is but a number after all...