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Cruise Ship Behemoth
Although we here at Gadling aren’t big fans of cruise ships, I couldn’t resist posting about the latest news: Royal Caribbean is building the world’s largest cruise ship. Strangely enough, the leviathan company already holds the world record with its 4,370-passenger Freedom of the Seas which heads to waters on May 12. But that’s not good enough. In an outlandish effort to outdo even themselves, the company has just announced they will start building Project Genesis, an 1,180 foot long, 220,000 ton, $1.1 billion monster boat that will hold 6,400 people!
Can you just imagine what happens when such a ship docks in some foreign port and 6,400 tourists come pouring out, consuming Mexican sombreros and Chiclets like a ravenous swarm of locusts? Can you imagine life on board the boat itself, as passengers fight over deck chairs, shuffle boards, and the three teenage daughters a naïve married couple dragged along with them?
As it turns out, passengers are already a bit wary about the recent trend in cruise ships expanding like some distant galaxy. I was amused to discover that one of the more common complaints voiced on such ships was the distance one had to walk to dinner. Come on folks! Project Genesis is four football fields long. If you can’t walk that distance to stuff food in your gullet after a long day of laying poolside, maybe you should just stay home where your kitchen, at worst, is maybe 15 feet from the TV. If the front door is closer, I suggest you order pizza and save yourself the extra walk.
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