IN his continuing search for the more weird and wondrous in this world, David Ellis grabbed the opportunity to snap these pics of the Big and the Small in the world of cruising while in Kusadasi, Turkey recently.
They’re Princess Cruises’ luxury 113,561 tonne Emerald Princess that carries 3,092 passengers looked after by 1,200 crew, and next to her SeaDream Yacht Club’s seemingly-diminutive SeaDream I that scales in at just 4,300 tonnes with capacity for a mere just-over 100 guests served by almost as many crew – 95.
Yet big as she is, Emerald Princess is overshadowed by Royal Caribbean International’s Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas that each carry over 5,400 passenger and 2,400 crew… with another operator, MSC Cruises building two even larger ships for an amazing 5,700 passengers each when they launch in 2017 and 2018.
SeaDream I on the other hand shares her diminutive size with identical twin-sister SeaDream II, and despite their petiteness so far this year have won travel industry and media accolades ranging from Best Niche Cruise Line, Top Cruise Ship Crews, and Best Small Luxury Cruise Ships 2015, one of the five Best Lines for Foodies, and been given Five Star status by the “bible” of cruising, Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships in their Boutique Ships category.
SIDE-on gives further idea of the difference in size between these two floating holiday palaces – each as popular as the other in their own markets.