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I have a better idea than that. As they already have a helicopter landing pad, why not give 20-30 minute helicopter rides? Guarantee it would be booked all the time.
I like RCCL but honestly think they seem to be heading off in some pretty weird directions. What would happen if someone was in the blimpie and strong winds tore it loose from the ship?? Hello--where are you ?? I can't hear you--you're breaking up !!
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I think we should cut them some slack. They admit it is just something they are talking about and may not even happen. There is nothing wrong with thinking outside the box, especially when thinking is all they are doing with this so far.
I don't think a helicopter would be a practical idea. The crew and chopper themselves would cost a fortune. Also, helicopters take something like 2 hours of maintenance for every hour in the air or some similar incredible amout of maintenance....They basically shake and rattle themselves apart otherwise.
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innovative -- ok by me. I'd try it after it's been around a while -- want to make sure the glitches are out -- and if it weren't too expensive. Might end up like the bunje jump thingy -- every time I went up to try that thing, it was closed because of wind. Heck, I don't think I have ever had a non-windy day at sea in the caribbean, come to think of it.
In this world of the biggest, the best, the highest, the mightiest, etc, do cruiselines think that "most" of the cruising public, wants this type of extreme option? Onboard, most people want to chillax I think..but there are people who love extreme sports, and push the envelope, and just may love it!
I know that just a couple of years back, the flow rider and rock wall, seemed extreme, but are quite popular now...will this make it, and become mainstream as well..I think not, but, that's just me...
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Companies that think "out of the box" get ahead. Some of the same comments were probably made when parasailing was first introduced. Now at every stop where parasailing is offered the boats are running all day.
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I like adventure, so it they bring it on I might try it.
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We agree with all the supporters of thinking outside the box.
Sure there are plenty of people who want to relax on their cruise, but there are just as many people who want to experience adventure and we are thrilled that Royal Caribbean is exploring and offering those avenues!
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Ok-- as long as were thinking outside the box, how about having a speed boat that can pull water skiers along on sea days? The ship could video you as you water ski alongside the Freedom on your way to Labadee!!
Now that's a doable idea outside the box!! Look at this photo Ma-- that waterskier zipping alongside the giant Freedom on the way to Labadee is me !!
Or, how about having a couple of boats to use on sea days to take people off deep sea fishing ?? That's a doable.!! The ship's at sea--the fishing boats could easily double as a life boat--so why not use the boat and the deep blue sea for something different. And too, the guys in the blimp could keep an eye out for schools of fish and direct the fishing boats and the speeders pulling the water skiers so they wouldn't become entangled-- good ideas aplenty.
I agree with the person who said they are just trying to think out of the box. If the idea flies, great for them, if it doesn't they drop the idea and on to the next. They are just trying to come up with more options for people to do while on board.
Thank god we have people in this world who are willing to think out of the box. It would be a boring world if no one thought out of the box.
I don't think this idea will get of the ground--er--ship so to speak. I for one wouldn't want to sit on my balcony and have a blimp tethered to the ship floating along about 25-30 feet over my balcony. Somehow it just wouldn't be the same as sitting there looking out at the empty ocean, flying fish, a distant island, a passing ship in the distance, etc.
Then you of course always have the issue to deal with that some nut is going to OB from the blimp--wouldn't want to come onto my balcony some fine day to find a body splattered all over it from the blimpie !! ( yes-yes I know they would be strapped in --sure )
Not good, RCCL -Not good--give this one up and concentrate more on the basics that make a good cruise and builds repeat customers---well furnished, clean ships with good food and service, interesting ports and reasonable prices. That's something that will fly everytime.