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I would quibble about "the stops don't generate revenue". They push excursions (and shopping) so hard on-board because they get a cut. That's why you can save money on the same excursions if you can identify them and book outside the ship. But, yes, they are trying to make the ship the destination (rather than the mode of travel), and I don't like it. (not that the last is relevant to your book, it's just me being annoyed with cruise lines)

I was recently on the Maasdam. 1200 passengers. In one port I saw the NCL ship, and it's not even the biggest. Maasdam could get into a bunch of places that Joy can only dream about.

HAL is retiring the Prinsedam (835 passengers), and their newest ship is the Nieuw Statendam (2600 passengers). Not exactly a mega-ship, but the replacement trend seems clear.

Also, it seems to me that smaller cruise lines are more likely to be "all-inclusive" (i.e. no extra charges for gratuities or excursions). Of course that doesn't mean you aren't paying for it in the fare, but your comment about "charging for excursions, liquor..." implied (to me) charges above the already-higher charges of those smaller cruise lines. Often not true. In fact, I want to sit down sometime soon and figure out if the all-inclusives are really more expensive than the likes of NCL or HAL which have extra charges for everything (which are not quoted when they tease you with "7-day Mexico for $595"). I'm sure they're a little more (smaller ships, etc), but is the difference really that large? (The answer to which may be relevant to your book?)
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