Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Maybe, Just Maybe, It's Too Big

The new ship, Oasis of the Seas, is five times as long as the Titanic and is designed to stay afloat regardless of hull damage. It will be its own lifeboat and make it to shore safely. I don’t like those words; we’ve heard them before nearly 98 years ago and the ship’s luxury back then lulled people into complacency.

What have we got here? 2.7 million square feet of deck space, 26,000 seats of various types for passengers. An average of 6,000 passengers and over 2,100 crew. There are 16,000 sprinkler heads connected to the water supply by 62 miles of pipe. And more than 81,000 cubic feet of water in the ships 21 pools and whirlpools.

The ship has what they call "neighborhoods." Different parts of the ship, totally separate and separately themed. One is named Central Park, which features a square with boutiques, restaurants and bars, including a bar that moves up and down three decks, allowing customers to get on and off at different levels.

With a ship such as that, would you be better off at a resort? Do you really benefit from the cruise experience, where you hang out on the decks, look at the ocean, lie on a deck chair at night and just look at the stars? There is much to be said when the water is occasionally a bit rough, when you can easily see outside and know you’re moving.

It’s a cruise, after all, not a day at the mall, an afternoon at Disneyland or some exquisite watering-hole after you’ve dropped the kids off hundreds of feet away.


Blogger PictureTaker said...

I'm with you, Tom. Can you imagine trying to get 6000+ passengers off or on the ship? Is there any place on this ship to even sit in peace and watch the ocean? I would want a balcony overlooking a mall because???

Waaaay too Hollywood/theme park for me.

November 01, 2009 11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After spending 6 1/2 years aboard destroyers, and 32 years in shipyards,I don't care what the put down the ways, if it gets tidal, your cook is goosed. There would probably be more people trampled to death than would make it ashore.

You don't mess with Mother Nature and you don't tease the Grim Reaper!

Exit 318

November 03, 2009 5:50 PM  
Anonymous ruthc said...

I saw this new ship as I disembarked a real ship last Wednesday. It's wayyyy too big for my taste. I saw no place to just sit and commune with the sea.

What's the point of being on the ocean if you can't see the water?

November 24, 2009 12:09 PM  

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