Just watched an American show on satellite about cruising and how it has progressed since the early days.
I was blown away to find that a new ship is coming off the drawing to be built. It will be one mile long and has over 8,000 passengers on a design I’ve never seen before. It looked like three hotels floating on water. It was called the American “something”
Had to take a business call at the key moment, missed the real information re who was building it etc etc, can anyone help? As I cant find the programme on reschedule.
A ship a mile long, that is something else. Need more info
Sir: You jest, I think! But if not, please let me know, as I don't want to book it. Even with a mile in length and 8,000 passengers, I'm sure there will still be only one place to embark/disembark, and I can just imagine the lines.
There's a quasi-documentary that gets played on the Discovery Channel about the "Freedom Ship". It's only a concept, and although the promoters make it appear that the plan is moving forward, it's dead in the water. I think the film is several years old already and the people involved have gone on to other things.
The idea was for a ship carrying 50,000 people, that would be constructed in modules. The top deck could be used by small jets. There would be permanent residents, and passengers.
This has been a "concept" for a number of years. There is very little chance of this actually happening. The concept has been seeking funding for about 6 years and all the funding that has been received has gone towards promotion with no return on investment.
It's an interesting idea but one I don't think will "float".
When the movie Titantic was big there was a major effort underway to build an exact replica of the Titanic, with updated structural and safety changes. That one also received quite a bit of hype but it never made it past the drawing board for lack of funding.
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I think I prefer the smaller ships - 2,000 passengers or less. I can't imagine any advantages to being on such a huge cruise ship. As someone mentioned, embarkation and disembarkation would be a nightmare.
Sandy, I'm with you regarding numbers, I've always said that.
Shooting in the dark here, but given the popularity of cruising, ships / lines have to make profit and be more clever in how they do it
Could in the next few years a concept ship like this not actually emerge?
When Cunard commissioned the QE2, could they have dreamed that they would have built the QM2 some 30+ years later. The bulk cruise leaders such as Carnival who have since the 70's driven the market, could right now be thinking that a ship such as this is their future for 2010 in the bulk market.
If its proven possible to build, dont dismiss it not appearing. The figures quoted then to build will reduce given the world market to build and todays manufacturing techniques
I've since found out thanks to above it was actually a quarter mile long with 6,000 passengers.
With this Board, who needs TV--reality or otherwise! Thanks for the entertainment. You regulars seem like really wonderful people and I enjoy all of your posts.
As to ships, I would never cruise on anything as large as David B. mentioned in his original post. I would, however, love to see and experience the grandeur of a "Titanic" and am disappointed that no one could make that fly. My guess is that "passage" would have been prohibitive and only for the chosen few. Can you imagine a hairy chest contest on that type of ship?
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