Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Cruise ships are just becoming insane...

I recently read about one of the latest (and now the largest) pleasure cruise ships in the world - the 225000 ton Oasis of the Seas.

Check out this behemoth:

The ship can carry in excess of 6000 passengers, which is just crazy.
Add to that 2000+ crew, and you have a floating megamall for loonies who like to spend megabux while getting sunburnt and drunk (a lovely combination :))

Don't get me wrong here - I had the opportunity to travel aboard the MSC Melody a few years back, which weighs in around 35000 tons... that's a dwarf ship by comparison.
Travelling aboard the Melody was great fun and totally unique, in that nothing can quite be compared to the cruise experience.

I cannot say, however that I express any kind of fascination with a cruise aboard the Oasis of the Seas, which is essentially a super-huge entertainment centre on water (it is 5 times the length of an Airbus A380!!)
As some tourists have already noted, a trip aboard the Oasis of the Seas is anything but a getaway... more like a continuous frenzy I would expect!

One thing I do like though, is the fact that the ship is decidedly more "green" than those preceding it.
Apparently the ship processes all of its own waste onboard, meaning that nothing is dumped into the sea.
This is a huge step forward for pleasure cruise ships, although there is still much work to be done in order to make future cruise ships as environmentally friendly as possible.

What say you? Think you would be keen to cruise aboard the Oasis of the Seas?


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