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Actually GT would be a negative to me.   I am only concerned with the footage available to passengers.   I would not count wave riders, climbing walls, ice scaring rings or whatever else the mega ships have.   Azamara is a nice size and we never had a problem finding a comfortable shady spot to sit.   We paid less for our CC suite on Azamara than we did for our CS on Celebrity.   The CS suite ( transatlantic) did not include perks.      The CC suite included unlimited specialty restaurants and basic wines and basic alcohol such as Pina Coladas, Margaritas, Mojitos etc.   You can pay extra for a beverage package that includes your favorite liquor.   Gratuities are also always included.   We found Azamara to be worth it and it even costs less than a suite on Celebrity.

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On 8/30/2019 at 8:50 AM, Host Grandma Cruising said:

We like sea days and have found that relocation cruises on Azamara are very good value. We’ve done Athens to Dubai 3 times so far and have it booked again next year!

Is that the cruise that was changed in February from 15 nights to a 17 night cruise leaving late October? If so we are also on it.

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10 hours ago, Covepointcruiser said:

Actually GT would be a negative to me.   I am only concerned with the footage available to passengers.  ...

I'm a bit confused by your statement.  Gross tonnage measures the total space on the ship. So, as I wrote, roughly GT per passenger is a measure of how much space is available for passengers.

Of course, as always, there are nuances.  For example, Regent Mariner and Regent Voyager have identical gross tonnage and number of passengers.   But on Mariner, a larger fraction of the space is devoted to public spaces, at the expense of the size of the cabins; on Voyager it is just the opposite.

And there are also issues like devoting precious space on the ship to a casino, climbing walls, roller coasters (true!), etc. Plus space for the engines, fuel, and more.

The weather also is a factor. When it is cold and/or raining, people will not be out on the decks and patios, so with less available space the public areas can get comparatively crowded.

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17 hours ago, DavidTheWonderer said:

Many posters on the AZ boards mention what debcip called "the vibe".  Although important it is, of course, very subjective and opinions differ for different people. One can also do some quantitative research using, say, Wikipedia.  There are 2 numbers that are easily available.  First is space available, which is roughly the gross tonnage (GT) per passenger (the higher the better). The second is the number of passengers per staff (the lower the better).  Both space and staff cost money. Here are some examples:

 

Regent Mariner:  69 GT / pax, 1.6 pax / crew

Azamara Quest: 44 GT / pax, 1.7 pax / crew

HAL Eurodom: 41 GT / pax, 2.3 pax / crew

Majestic Princess: 40 GT / pax, 2.6 pax /crew

 

Not included above is Celebrity, which has been mentioned repeatedly on this thread.  This is in part because they have two classes of passengers, and I don't know how to separate them in my calculations. I met some folks on Azamara who had considerable experience with Celebrity who had positive things to say.  And some dear friends and cruise buddies are currently booked with Celebrity and I'm looking forward to hearing their report when they return.

 

Of course, I can't comment on whether more space and more staff to look after you is worth the extra money to you.  But for math geeks like me, finding these numbers is a fun way to while away the time until I get to get back on a ship.

Interestingly most of the Celebrity ships have a similar or higher GT than Azamara. Here are some figures I have obtained

Azamara Quest 42 GT

Celebrity Solstice 42 GT

Celebrity Summit 46 GT

Oceania Riviera 51 GT

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3 hours ago, Gordoncruickshank said:

Is that the cruise that was changed in February from 15 nights to a 17 night cruise leaving late October? If so we are also on it.

That’s the one, we booked it in July when it was already 17 nights. Haven’t seen you posting on the roll call!

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1 hour ago, Belfastman said:

Interestingly most of the Celebrity ships have a similar or higher GT than Azamara. Here are some figures I have obtained

Azamara Quest 42 GT

Celebrity Solstice 42 GT

Celebrity Summit 46 GT

Oceania Riviera 51 GT

Like most statistics you can make of them what you want. I've seen Celebrity quoted at mid thirties and Azamara 40 in the Berlitz guide, but of course it depends upon how full the ship is at the time and how many people are in each cabin. And then of course the total size of the cabins has a bearing too. If the staterooms are proportionately smaller then the public spaces will feel bigger. That is certainly how Azamara feels in relation to Celebrity. 

 

Phil 

Edited by excitedofharpenden

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GT per passenger is generally calculated based on 2 pax per cabin.  That's accurate for Azamara, but not very good for cruise lines with lots of families packing 4 pax per cabin.

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15 hours ago, Host Grandma Cruising said:

That’s the one, we booked it in July when it was already 17 nights. Haven’t seen you posting on the roll call!

We booked it in February while on the Silhouette. Before we finished the first leg of our b2b the ship had been chartered and the 17 night is what our 15 night cruise became.

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2 hours ago, Gordoncruickshank said:

We booked it in February while on the Silhouette. Before we finished the first leg of our b2b the ship had been chartered and the 17 night is what our 15 night cruise became.

I saw you got the extra 2 days at no extra cost.

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