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What It Takes to Keep a City Afloat
Yahoo News ^ | 3/6/2010 | Yahoo News

Posted on 03/07/2010 2:26:19 PM PST by Dallas59

How do you keep more than 6,300 people fed, housed and having the time of their life while floating in the middle of the ocean?

The Oasis of the Seas -- the world's largest cruise ship -- aims to accomplish that feat nearly every week. Almost five times as large as the Titanic, it has a population during its seven-day Caribbean sailings that is larger than many American small towns -- more than 8,600 when it is fully booked and including staff. The Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. ship, which first set sail last December, is almost as long as five Airbus A380 airplanes, or about four football fields. It has 24 restaurants and its own leafy "Central Park." During the weeklong sailings, about 700 tons of new supplies are needed, all loaded aboard each Saturday. Guests consume about 20 gallons of maraschino cherries and 80,000 bottles of beer.

(Excerpt) Read more at finance.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Conspiracy; Travel
KEYWORDS: boat; mall
I don't know bout spending a week on floating mall...












1 posted on 03/07/2010 2:26:19 PM PST by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

My luck: I’d get onboard and it would sink.


2 posted on 03/07/2010 2:32:07 PM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: Dallas59

It looks fine, kind of like every regional mall in the US ... except I see exactly nine (9) lifeboats, all on the portside? Am I missing something? 8K people, 9 lifeboats doesn’t make me feel terribly comfortable if I’m a passenger.


3 posted on 03/07/2010 2:33:13 PM PST by EDINVA (Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: Darksheare

8600 people...what are the chances of crime? I’d like to see what the brig looks like.


4 posted on 03/07/2010 2:33:37 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Dallas59

Huge, probably well appointed.


5 posted on 03/07/2010 2:34:43 PM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: EDINVA; Dallas59

“We have lifeboats for a little over half the passengers.” uh oh.

They probably have lots of inflatables, but those sometimes fail to inflate.


6 posted on 03/07/2010 2:37:12 PM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: Dallas59
The Queen Mary carried over 16000 troops in one passage as a troopship during WW2, she carried over 10000 troops on several runs.. .
7 posted on 03/07/2010 2:45:36 PM PST by Waverunner ( "Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too." Voltaire)
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To: EDINVA
except I see exactly nine (9) lifeboats, all on the portside? Am I missing something?

Not to worry, there is one more lifeboat on the starboard side and it looks a little bigger. Heck, it might even hold 30 more people.

8 posted on 03/07/2010 2:57:47 PM PST by umgud (I couldn't understand why the ball kept getting bigger......... then it hit me.)
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To: Dallas59
How do you keep more than 6,300 people fed, housed and having the time of their life while floating in the middle of the ocean?

I don't know about "the time of their life" but talk to these folks. They have been doing this for decades!

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9 posted on 03/07/2010 3:03:04 PM PST by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: Darksheare
They probably have lots of inflatables, but those sometimes fail to inflate.

I have that problem too

10 posted on 03/07/2010 3:33:45 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: al baby

Vegas has the opposite problem, overinflation.
The city that will never sink.


11 posted on 03/07/2010 3:43:57 PM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: umgud

“one more lifeboat on the starboard side and it looks a little bigger. Heck, it might even hold 30 more people.”

THANKS! Now I am fully comforted ;)


12 posted on 03/07/2010 3:53:25 PM PST by EDINVA (Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: EDINVA

Seems to me from my days at Kings Point (US Merchant Marine Academy) that there has to be enough life boat capacity on these vessels to handle the entire load of people - on each side of the vessel. Anybody else know if this is still the requirement?


13 posted on 03/07/2010 3:54:28 PM PST by B-Cause (Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: B-Cause

That was my thought ... both as to total capacity AND as to being on both sides of the ship. Not that I have any expertise.


14 posted on 03/07/2010 3:57:54 PM PST by EDINVA (Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: EDINVA

Not to mention if the ships lists while sinking the lifeboats won’t be able to be used— which is true on every ocean liner.


15 posted on 03/07/2010 4:07:53 PM PST by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Dallas59
"An area equivalent to Hindustan is devoted to food and its preparation aboard Tyrannic. Forty tons of Stilton cheese are consumed on every crossing, as are 214 miles of sausage and melons sufficient to fill the Grand Canyon of Arizona. All excess livestock is thrown overboard on sight of landfall..."

http://zoppy.blogspot.com/2009/04/rms-tyrannic-biggest-thing-in-all-world.html

16 posted on 03/07/2010 4:17:10 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Dallas59

"Yoo Hoo! Over Here!"

17 posted on 03/07/2010 4:25:54 PM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: Dallas59
They just keep getting bigger and gaudier and more ostentatious and eventually they'll become a great enough affront to God that He'll send one to the bottom. Then the vain and arrogant builders will wring their hands and point their fingers and every motive will be weighed except hubris.

Pride is the sin that cost Lucifer his place in Heaven. These floating cattle cars are little more than a thumb in God's eye.

18 posted on 03/07/2010 4:29:49 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Dallas59

Live webcam:

http://www.royalcaribbean.com/multimedia/webcam/ship.do?shipCode=OA


19 posted on 03/07/2010 4:48:07 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: IronJack
eventually they'll become a great enough affront to God that He'll send one to the bottom.

Or somebody else will weigh in.

I can't look at one of these without envisioning what a surface to surface missile would do to it.

Doesn't anybody else see it as a great big floating target?

20 posted on 03/07/2010 7:05:15 PM PST by Sherman Logan ( .)
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To: Sherman Logan; IronJack
eventually they'll become a great enough affront to God that He'll send one to the bottom. Or somebody else will weigh in.

I can't look at one of these without envisioning what a surface to surface missile would do to it.

Doesn't anybody else see it as a great big floating target?

Yes, we should stay barricaded in our homes and go to the market in our buggies so as to not offend, insite, or provoke the enemy.

I'm sorry, but I prefer to get out and enjoy life. What kind of god would be put off by a ship???

21 posted on 03/08/2010 10:47:29 AM PST by Living Free in NH
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To: Sherman Logan

#17


22 posted on 03/08/2010 10:52:33 AM PST by ctdonath2
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To: IronJack

I fail to see how God would care.
He gave us the ability to create such things; I’d lament NOT doing such engineering feats from some vague fear such a paltry construction would somehow offend the Creator Of The Universe.


23 posted on 03/08/2010 10:55:06 AM PST by ctdonath2
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To: Living Free in NH

I don’t think God would have anything to do with such a ship going down. I can think of some members of the religion of peace who wouldn’t be above launching a missile in its direction. That’s what I meant by a great big floating target.


24 posted on 03/08/2010 2:00:55 PM PST by Sherman Logan ( .)
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To: Living Free in NH
What kind of god would be put off by a ship???

The same god that could not sink the Titanic.

25 posted on 03/08/2010 2:57:07 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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