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American Flagship To Be Largest Ever, If Built
"Except for small coastwise vessels and riverboats, none of the 200+ ocean-going cruise ships operating in the North American cruise market were built here," says World City President Stephanie Gallagher in an open letter to President Obama reported in Maritime Executive. Gallagher continues, "none hire American officers or crew, and none pay U.S. income tax on their multibillion-dollar annual profits – unlike every other U.S. hospitality organization."
World City's designers seem to have taken the best of the best being offered by today's cruise industry and improved it. Unique features include using fully enclosed, instant boarding 400-person life saving craft, energy efficiencies, waste management, green technologies and advanced security systems.
They have a plan, now they just need to build it.
At 265,000 gross tons, the ship will come in bigger than Royal Caribbean's giant Oasis or Allure of the Seas (225,000 tons) and have 2,800 guest rooms and suites to carry 8,000 people along with 2,600 American officers, crew and hotel staff.
The unique hull design will house four 400-passenger day cruisers docked inside the ship's own marina. Literally a city at sea, the ships are planned to have the features, facilities and amenities of some of the world's greatest hotels, resorts, entertainment venues and cultural centers.
Competing with land-based convention facilities for the $100 billion-a-year meeting and conference market, the ship will have 100,000 sq. ft. of dedicated meeting and conference space.
A broad range of activities and amenities for accompanying family members include a multi-faceted sports complex, six swimming pools, seventeen restaurants, dozens of bars, bistros and cafes, thirty shops and boutiques, a library, museum and art gallery.
Construction of America World City in the United States, says its planners, will represent an extraordinary achievement and a potent symbol of the rebuilding of U.S. industrial pre-eminence based on sound commercial opportunities.
So why not build this ship in a world of cruise vacations that is almost entirely supported by U.S. passengers and U.S. dollar revenues?
"Politics and special interests," says World City. "The rich, non-taxpaying foreign-flag cruise industry does not want an American entrant into this market because it will focus the spotlight on the reality that these hospitality companies are operating unfairly in competition with American hotels, resorts and entertainment facilities. Period. And they especially don't want the American Flagship Project to happen because it promises to build the largest, safest and greenest passenger ship in the world, to fly the Stars & Stripes, to hire Americans, and to pay taxes like every other U.S. hospitality organization. That's why."
[Photos courtesy World City America Inc]