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Because the Enterprise-E and her sister ships were designed and built to be used to fight the Borg and to continue exploring new world as a result of that starfleet decided that it was best not to have any civilian personnel aboard and in turn was made shorter in terms of number of decks she could carry as she only has 24 decks, while the Enterprise-D had I believe 42 decks, but was made longer as the Enterprise-E was 685 meters in length, while the Enterprise-D was 641 meters.

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