Good News -- Bad News --- Royal Caribbean New Boat
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NEWS?? . . .
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and then, of course, for WHOM is it the other thing???
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it's bad news for the Life Guards at Magens Bay.
It's bad news for islands with small piers,
but it's GOOD NEWS for any terrorist with a row boat full of dynamite . . .
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> February 7, 2006--
>Royal Caribbean Orders
>World's Largest Passenger Ship
>February 7, 2006; Page D2
>MIAMI -- Royal Caribbean International on Monday
>ordered the world's largest and most expensive
>cruise ship, a $1.24 billion vessel that will
>hold up to 6,400 passengers. It's the latest
>step in the industry trend of supersizing ships,
>which delight many passengers but are too
>crowded for other guests.
>The ship, dubbed Project Genesis, will be
>220,000 gross registered tons when it is
>delivered to the world's second-largest cruise
>operator in fall 2009 by Oslo, Norway-based
>shipbuilder Aker Yards. Gross registered tons is
>the standard way to measure a ship's size and is
>a unit of volume equal to 100 cubic feet.
>Aker said its contract price of ¤900 million --
>about $1 billion -- would be "the most valuable
>ship ever ordered in the history of commercial
>shipbuilding." The $1.24 billion figure includes
>all expenses for the ship, "from forks and
>knives and sheets to artwork and everything
>else," said Harri Kulovaara, the Miami-based
>cruise line's executive vice president of
>Aker said the contract is contingent on final
>approval of financing and the ship will be built
>at one of its Finnish yards. The cruise line, a
>unit of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., has an
>option for a second ship.
>"Project Genesis truly is a remarkable ship. Its
>bold design, daring innovations and
>technological advancements will delight our
>existing cruisers and help us draw in new ones,"
>Richard Fain, the parent company's chairman and
>CEO, said in a statement.
>The announcement also steals some of the
>spotlight from rival Carnival Corp., the world's
>largest cruise operator. Carnival has studied
>building a ship about the same size, but its
>Pinnacle project is "on the back burner" because
>of its prohibitively high price, spokesman Tim
>Mr. Kulovaara said in a phone interview that the
>new ship will be more fuel efficient than
>current vessels, but he declined to give a
>specific figure. He said plans for the types of
>onboard amenities were being finalized. Royal
>Caribbean has been an innovator in featuring ice
>skating rinks, rock climbing walls and surfing
>Royal Caribbean's ships are typically more
>upscale than the bargain Carnival Cruise Lines'
>vessels, but they aren't as traditional as those
>of luxury carriers such as Cunard.
>Project Genesis will carry 5,400 passengers
>based on two people per cabin, Mr. Kulovaara
>said. But as most cruise cabins can accommodate
>more than two people using cots or other beds,
>that number rises to a maximum capacity of 6,400.
>Ray Weiller, an owner of discount online travel
>agency Cruisequick.com, said many of his clients
>are drawn to the ever-growing size and number of
>amenities of ships, but others tire of waiting
>in long lines to get on and off the vessels.
>MANY COMPLAIN ABOUT THE LARGE SHIPS OVERWHELMING
>SOME PORTS OF CALL WITH TOO MANY PEOPLE TRYING
>TO VISIT, HE SAID.
>Royal Caribbean still offers a variety of ship
>sizes, so customers who don't like larger
>vessels will have other options, Mr. Kulovaara
>said. The ship will sail in the Caribbean, where
>many ports already handle megaships, but ports
>will need some infrastructure improvements to
>handle it, he said.
>Carnival Corp.'s Cunard Line currently has the
>world's largest cruise ship -- the Queen Mary 2
>-- at 151,400 gross registered tons. But Royal
>Caribbean is scheduled to get an even bigger
>ship in June, the 160,000-ton Freedom of the
>Seas. It will carry 3,600 passengers double
>occupancy and 4,370 maximum.
>Both will be eclipsed by Project Genesis, which
>will be 1,180 feet long, 154 feet wide at water
>level and 240 feet high.
>Aker Yards employs about 13,000 people at 13
>shipyards in Norway, Finland, Germany, Romania
>Shares of Royal Caribbean rose 25 cents to
>$44.55 in afternoon trading on the New York
>Stock Exchange. The shipbuilder's shares rose
>almost 6% to 347 kroner ($52.47) in morning
>trading on the Oslo stock exchange.
>Copyright © 2006 Associated Press
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