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For many cruisers, the cruise ship size is not as important as the age of the ship. New ships have more affordable private veranda/balcony cabins. Balcony cabins are very limited on older ships; consequently, they go for premium prices. On the other hand, there are cruisers prefer the low key environment and classic ambiance of smaller and older ships.
New ships have the latest technology such as: Internet cafes, high tech gym equipment, interactive game rooms, and sophisticated sound and light production shows. They have more public spaces, pools and spa facilities. Staterooms on many new ships tend to be somewhat smaller than on older ships, but room décor is updated and more modern. Soundproofing is better. And, even a small cabin seems larger with the open space of a private balcony and sliding glass doors instead of a porthole.
On the other hand, there are veteran cruisers who prefer the low key environment and classic ambiance of smaller and older ships.