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Old July 17 2013, 11:18 PM   #31
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Re: Inevitable future spectacular catastrophe in the making seen here.

^ Your fear of not being able to touch the bottom reminds me of the swim call we had at the Equator. As he was announcing it over the intercom/1MC, the QMOW (Quartermaster of the Watch) said:

"Now, swim call, swim call, swim call on the starboard side. Temperature of the air is 98 deg; Temperature of the water is 95 deg; Depth of the water is.... (long pause)... uhh, 3 MILES!!"

(Sorry, just had to be there, as it was hilarious in pacing.)

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Old July 19 2013, 06:41 AM   #32
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That is one ugly ship.
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Old July 19 2013, 04:30 PM   #33
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sojourner wrote: View Post

When I last worked for RC, Freedom had just launched and Oasis was just known as the Genesis Project. Which as a trek fan I found infinitely funny.

I've worked aboard:

Navigator
Legend
Grandeur
Enchantment
Sovereign
Voyager
Explorer
Majesty
Viking Serenade (just before it was retired. what a crappy boat)
Were you able to explore the ships at all? I know most cruise lines prohibit mingling with guests.
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Old July 19 2013, 08:49 PM   #34
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Were you able to explore the ships at all? I know most cruise lines prohibit mingling with guests.
Yeah, at my rank I could use most of the guest facilities. Uniform required at all times. I had to do the occasional "night duty" which basically involved doing rounds of the ship and being seen in dress uniform as well. Mingling was strictly of the meet and greet variety. No "Doc" from the Loveboat interaction.

Being an IT guy I didn't have to spend too much time interacting with guests, which was fine by me. I was never a "front of the house" type.

Overall working on a cruise ship is a great experience. Just have a skill that gets you some higher rank and privileges before seeking out a job. (and be sure you can handle the work schedules) Most jobs onboard are 8 to 10 hour days with no days off for your entire "contract" of 4 to 8 months on board. You do however get 2 to 4 months of vacation a year.
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Old July 19 2013, 08:59 PM   #35
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Peach Wookiee wrote: View Post
That is one big-ass ship.
[Scotty] Not quite as big as her Captain, I think [/Scotty]
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Old July 19 2013, 09:38 PM   #36
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SS United States is a luxury passenger liner built in 1952 for United States Lines designed to capture the trans-Atlantic speed record.
People want to cross the Atlantic on a cruise ship designed to make the crossing in record time? How can "cruise ship designed to capture the trans-Atlantic speed record" not make people think of Titanic?
Well the Titanic was an Ocean Liner not a cruise ship, intead most if not all of the ships that held the Blue Riband where Ocean Liners. And many of those ships where designed to be bigger/faster/more luxurious (edit as needed) than the predesscor. Sure the Titanic is famous but in terms of the UK to US North Atlantinc run which the Titanic was build along with her sisters vessels to do. Arguable Cunards Queens are just as famous.
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Old July 20 2013, 08:19 PM   #37
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Didn't I read, not long ago, that someone was thinking of building a new Titanic?
Yep
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic_II

Nothing compared to these concepts:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Nixon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_offshore_base
http://www.marinetalk.com/articles-m...2114539IN.html

Charles Own developed ideas for floating cities
Aerotecture he called it--all the links are dead and gone--similar
http://www.universetoday.com/15570/c...oating-cities/

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/DA...ogram_999.html
http://astronautix.com/craft/bonaucer.htm
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Old July 24 2013, 04:53 PM   #38
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I doubt this ... vehicle (for lack of a better word) will stay the right side up in a storm.
The trouble nowadays is that everything must be bigger and faster and more expensive. I'd rather have things prettier and more efficient.
Just have a look at this old steamer: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...e_Victoria.jpg
Huge, too, but well-proportioned and elegant.
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Old July 24 2013, 06:09 PM   #39
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I doubt this ... vehicle (for lack of a better word) will stay the right side up in a storm.
The trouble nowadays is that everything must be bigger and faster and more expensive. I'd rather have things prettier and more efficient.
Just have a look at this old steamer: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...e_Victoria.jpg
Huge, too, but well-proportioned and elegant.
Well-proportioned, yes, but not as efficient as modern ships in terms of interior volume and room for passenger amenities. And that's what modern cruising is all about.

As sojourner pointed out upthread, today's ships are actually quite stable. They have all the heavy stuff at the bottom, while the upper decks are lightweight aluminum. Cruise ships spend most of their time in the relatively calm waters of the Caribbean and Mediterranean seas, not in the rough North Atlantic. And they steer clear of storms.

Hell, if some things were as top-heavy as they look, Pamela Anderson wouldn't be able to walk without tipping over.
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