Cruise lines keep building bigger and more innovative ships which is great, the demand for cruising is there and more people are getting involved. Just like many of you I enjoy having the extra facilities onboard the larger vessels, but I can’t help thinking about our small ships. Because everything is increasing in size where do our little ones now fit into this scenario?
The majority of small ships sailing our oceans are getting on a bit, they certainly won’t last forever and some of them desperately need to be replaced or completely overhauled. We still have smaller vessels that belong to the luxury cruise lines and expedition cruise lines that have many years left of sailing ahead of them, but not everyone can afford those kinds of cruises so where does that leave them?
We need someone to step up and build not only smaller ships but to also go back to a more contemporary ship before that aspect of cruising is gone forever. We don’t need an ocean full of them, just a handful would be nice. I assure you the berths would be filled!
Think of all those ports that are only accessible via small vessels, they are lost forever if we have no ship to get there. At this rate simply because of the constant competition for size, all the ports will be the same, there won’t be anything “magical” about cruising to foreign lands anymore because every voyage shall mirror the last.
OK so the above may be an ever so slight exaggeration but it does carry some merit. What I am trying to emphasize is that I would like to think in 30 years’ time when I can hopefully afford a world cruise I will still have the choice between a ship the size of Queen Mary 2 or a much smaller vessel like Silver Whisper. There are many ports that Silver Whisper can access that Queen Mary 2 can’t, I don’t want these opportunities to be missed by anyone and it would be a shame if they were nothing more than an “occasional” thought.
Let’s build a smaller version of Oriana, in our present time this type of build is what I would call unique and innovative because someone thought outside the box and went back to the classics. She would not be the size of a small country or have a water park devouring her upper decks. You would get exactly what you see, a comfortable, contemporary cruise ship sailing you in style to wherever it is on this wonderful planet you wanted to go.
The idea behind Titanic II is something I can appreciate, that type of ‘original pleasure cruising’ is something a lot of people would truly love to see revived, but just not in this way. They want a modern twist mixed with the contemporary classics, just like Oriana. For all his stupid ideas, Clive Palmer has at least planted a seed that someone else could easily come in, develop properly, tastefully and ultimately make it a reality.
Someone build us a smaller ship……please!