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Old August 6th, 2008, 09:56 AM
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Default With the economy being in such a bad place...

How do you think that will affect the cruise industry, do you think there will be more people sailing because it is a pretty cheap vacation, or do you think that people will just stop going on vacations.

What are your thoughts?
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Old August 6th, 2008, 10:10 AM
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Well the staff captain (2nd in command) of the Carnival Miracle told me that, because of high oil prices, he sees the future of the cruise industry using wind powered sails, with some kind of engine backup power. I think Windstar Cruises already does this, but he sees it going more mainstream.
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i hear theyre gonna be like the Navy and start building them with nuclear reactors
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Old August 11th, 2008, 01:25 PM
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The economy isn't in as bad of a place as we think and hear. Yes there are some major economic issues right now, but we're Americans....Its not going to stop us. I work 2 days a week at a resort DJing by a pool. Did the same last summer. Did I notice any difference, No? Are ships still selling out, Yes. Is the industry still strong, yes!

I think the hard times for cruise lines will come from september-november and january-march. Major off seasons, but until then the industry is still goign strong. My mom books 20 people a day and go figure, she's a single op TA. As for the future, well only time will tell what the future is to bring. A lot depends on the upcoming election. The economy could turn either direction. Right now, its looking lighter. Gas here went down $.30 in the past 2 weeks, which is kick ass. We'll see.
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a cruise is the best all aorund vacation there is (value) i mean if you island hopped that would cost a but load more via airways and resorts and stressfulness of packing unpacking and doin it over and over
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Old August 12th, 2008, 11:16 PM
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Well I'm studying ship design in college right now, and I plan on going into cruise ship design when I'm out in the real world.

That said, cruise ship propulsion systems differ greatly from that of cargo or military. Engines are just huge diesel-powered electric generators. For propulsion, cruise ships use Azipod technology. Azipods are pods that hang underneath the back of the ship, can be turned 360 degrees, and have the propeller attached to the front of them, turned by giant electric motors. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azipod). All the systems that run the ship are powered solely by electricity.

We all know how strong the apparent wind feels when we stand outside in the front of a ship plowing through the ocean at over 20 knots. Why not then put wind-powered turbines to create electricity out of that wind? Whatever electricity is created by the wind is that much less that the engine needs to create, and that much less fuel the engine needs to burn.

And if somehow solar panels could be installed, that would be even less electricity (during the day at least) that the engines would need to make.

Right now, I don't know how practical it might be, but give me a few years until I finish college and I could get back to you on it.
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it certainty is a good idea for the future, but today i dont think it is practical yet. Solar and wind power is not nearly as efficient as it should be. the cost, and more importantly the space used for solar panels and turbines would not be worth the small part of the energy that they produce.

And i dont see nuclear reactors any time soon, as uranium isn't that open to the public.

sorry to be the practical-police, haha
its just my nature
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