My wife would like to take a cruise but i'm too concerned about
After building boats most of my life and have rudimentary naval architecture knowledge i've come to the conclusion that these ships look
like they have too much top hamper. When i read how many swimming
pools are above the water line i was even more concerned.
In simplistic terms, top hamper is the amount of junk you pile, and the number of things you build above the waterline on a ship, like cabins that
really should go below, and the worst.., swimming pools. This stuff also
acts has a sail pushing the ship sideways further adding to the danger.
A good example would be like piling pennies on a toy ship in the
bathtub. The more you pile the lower it sinks, and finally it tips over
sideways (port or starboard) because it's too heavy. Now, say it
took 10 pennies to tip, you could pile on 8 pennies and nothing happens,
in fact everything looks fine. Then you apply a small wave, or place a
fan near it and sure enough it tips.
For our larger scale cousin, the liner, that would be a heavy gale, like the sailing through the Horn of Africa in specific seasons, or unexpected or
unreported storms. How can we be assured that these liners are safe and can withstand sudden hurricanes and gales ?. How much of common sense ship building has been sacrificed to more "dependable" radar?. Is radar weather reports and radio contact the only re-assurance?. Suppose the radios conk out, then what?
International laws should insist that these ships be tested with full
compliment of staff and provishioned with maximum cargo and weighted to
the designed water line. They then should be deliberatley sailed through gales and specified weather before being delivered to the public.
Actually that should be one of the cruise options "New!!!, Sale the Horn for $1000.00, a 3 day excursion!". Why not.
What an adventure......., what a test.