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Royal Caribbean's next cruise ship will be the biggest of all time
UK Telegraph ^ | March 8, 2017 | Soo Kim

Posted on 03/08/2017 11:35:08 AM PST by C19fan

Royal Caribbean’s newest vessel - Symphony of the Seas - will be the world’s largest cruise ship when it is delivered in April 2018, the cruise line confirmed today.

At 1,188 feet long and 215 feet wide, the new 16-deck ship will weigh 230,000 GT (gross tonnage), nearly 3,000 more than the current record holder, another Royal Caribbean ship, Harmony of the Seas.

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To: Yaelle
I like the Celebrity Summit it only has 2k passengers and 1k crew. I can keep an eye on my teen much better with that size. If i was going without my kid I would love to try the bigger ship.
61 posted on 03/08/2017 12:49:46 PM PST by angcat (THANK YOU LORD FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP!!!!!)
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To: rlmorel

Was that the summit?

62 posted on 03/08/2017 12:50:41 PM PST by angcat (THANK YOU LORD FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP!!!!!)
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To: Mears; angcat

No! That was the tamest one!

There were things about the first man wearing women’s underwear on the outside of his pants and so on. My wife and I were watching this thinking “These people are deranged!” but we were laughing so hard we could barely keep up!

I have been on three cruises, and after being in the US Navy, didn’t really think I would be interested in going on another one, but...if you go with people you know, is a different thing. Just you and your spouse is one thing, and I don’t know if that would be all that much fun, but going with a group is fun.

And I work in a hospital, so I wash my hands all day long anyway!

63 posted on 03/08/2017 12:57:04 PM PST by rlmorel (President Donald J. Trump ... Making Liberal Heads Explode, 140 Characters at a Time)
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To: rlmorel

I witnessed the same kind of scavenger hunt with the false teeth it was a riot. We love cruising as a family to Bermuda.

64 posted on 03/08/2017 12:59:56 PM PST by angcat (THANK YOU LORD FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP!!!!!)
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To: angcat

My wife and I are going with my best friend and his wife to Bermuda on a cruise this year...he and I both hit one of those milestone years (he will always be six days younger than me!) so I think we will have a good time. Going to watch some America’s Cup action!

65 posted on 03/08/2017 1:05:43 PM PST by rlmorel (President Donald J. Trump ... Making Liberal Heads Explode, 140 Characters at a Time)
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Yes, you have outed me as a cruise travel agent. Freepmail me and I’ll set you up with a discount cruise to the Aleutian Islands.

66 posted on 03/08/2017 1:21:04 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

I have a 71 year old very healthy Vietnam vet friend who loves cruises. The man walks at least 4 miles/day. He says he gains 15 pounds on a cruise. He tries to get his money worth in food.

67 posted on 03/08/2017 1:24:41 PM PST by DungeonMaster (Love your neighbor as you love yourself.)
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To: Yaelle

No, I have not had my genes tested.

This is my 100% non-medically based opinion based upon what I saw when “a lot of folks got sick” while I was on the boat. I believe that what is termed “norovirus” (in the context of “a bunch of folks got sick on the boat”) is so termed because the symptoms are pretty much identical to an actual stomach flu. But it is my belief that the cause is bacterial in most cases, not viral. (Thus “genes” considerations probably do not really apply) And I could be completely wrong. But when you have 2500-4000 people using a handrail that you are really supposed to use descending a grandiose stairway (they DO tell you that) or around the perimeter(s) of 8-9 observation decks, your hands are ultimately and firmly clasped around many of those 2500-4000 people which includes WHEREVER their hands have been. Nuff said. Additionally, most cruises are, as I said, Caribbean affairs and the ports are often Boston and NY or Florida (= NY, really) and people get colds and flu there in the wintertime and do not cancel their trips and think they will recover nicely in the hot sun. So plenty of folks get on the ships really fairly sick with colds/flu, on the front or trailing ends of such illnesses and they blow their noses or sneeze in their hands and then use the handrails. Again, nuff said.

When “a lot of people got sick” the bleach and alcohol crews were dispatched in strong numbers and they aggressively scrubbed the handrails, all of them. Keep in mind that each and every thing the cruise lines do, they have done a billion times and short of running aground, they are most fearful of these “noro” outbreaks because they generate massive bad will. Yet at the same time, it isn’t exactly public-friendly for them to have big signs saying “wash your hands” every 50 feet when you think about the implications. The alcohol dispensers *DO* come out and are placed outside all the restaurants whenever there’s a noro outbreak. So there you go.

So, just observing all that and knowing that most colds are transmitted by (your) hands to (your) eyes, it remains my reco that aboard such a ship, you just become flaming obsessive about washing your hands a lot, a whole heck of a lot, and become very mindful of any time you touch something that others touch and REALLY REALLY try not to rub your eyes. If you take those simple steps, you don’t really have to think about anything.

68 posted on 03/08/2017 1:39:15 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Apoplectic is where we want them!)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Thanks. I honestly definitely believe you and would do as you do. Definitely. But I just found out last week that there a gene that if you have it double, you have a very low susceptibility to norovirus. Weird. I am learning such weird things. Another weird one: my daughter has a gene that does not allow her to smell asparagus in her pee. How much was paid to conduct that important study??

Still, yet another I found out was that she has a greater tendency to have high homocysteine levels. That is bad. Lots of exercise, good diet, and especially choline over her lifetime could prevent it, though. So since she is FIVE, I am all, EAT EGGS EVERY DAY (the best source of choline, cause we don’t like liver). :)

And I have been on Semester at Sea, when I was 17, and one day I’d like to do a cruise. Especially if there are single men on board over 40. Oh, and not gay. ;)

69 posted on 03/08/2017 1:46:13 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: SamAdams76

Yes, you have outed me as a cruise travel agent.

Cool. Here’s what I want: I’d love to see Guam. You know, before it tips. Also, could the cruise go to Madagascar? Cause lemurs are pretty cute. And St Bart’s? And Maui. Our budget is $5k. Can I pay it off monthly? Also I need a balcony. And I’m deathly allergic to perfume, seafood, and lettuce. April would be great. Thanks!

70 posted on 03/08/2017 1:51:43 PM PST by Yaelle
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And what, exactly, is your idea of a perfect cerebral vacation.

Modern cruises are just the logical extension of a hammock, a glass of sweet tea and a BLT with your favorite chips.

71 posted on 03/08/2017 1:54:12 PM PST by BwanaNdege ("The church ... is not the master or the servant of the state, but the conscience" - Luther)
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To: Yaelle

Ah...another typical customer!

72 posted on 03/08/2017 1:58:33 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: apillar
I've been on a number of US Navy ships, so the cruise that we took on the Norwegian Dawn was an eye-opener. It also had excellent food and service. The balcony was lovely:


We would definitely go again.

73 posted on 03/08/2017 2:11:23 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

The idea of creature comforts on a ship is somewhat amusing to an ex-Navy type.

74 posted on 03/08/2017 2:13:27 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: trisham


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1.28 Place your home on large hydraulic jacks. At random intervals, kill the lights and have the jacks move your home to and fro at unexpected intervals and angles. (Simulates dropping the load {loss of power} in 20 foot seas). [ABF2 Yanes]

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1.34 (Submarine Simulation) Go from house to house in your neighborhood when you need a place to sleep. Climb in the closest empty bed. The owner will wake you up when they want to sleep. [Norman Babcock CS3 (SS)]

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75 posted on 03/08/2017 2:21:57 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: DesertRhino

The Imperial Japanese Navy lost a ship in the 1930’s due to the fact it was top heavy. It just turned over. I believe-from memory-it was a Kongo Class ship.

76 posted on 03/08/2017 3:02:06 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS
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To: Yaelle
You stayed in your room and watched Fox News??

TV not my favorite thing, but I believe it was April, 2003. No Fox News. Banned, I presume. CNN International. Turn the TV on, they reported the same "incidents" of Americans killing Iraqi civilians.

77 posted on 03/08/2017 3:10:45 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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How stable are these ships? I look at their elevated superstructure and wonder.

More stable than Guam.

78 posted on 03/08/2017 3:14:26 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
A cruise is no more expensive than going to a fairly high-class hotel, roughly $200 a day.

I'd suggest that in a great many, probably most, $200 a day per person is considerably less expensive that a high class hotel. Even $400, inclusive of food and depending on what one drinks, relatively inexpensive.

79 posted on 03/08/2017 3:20:06 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: SJackson

Were you on the cruise with WENDLE? I’m not getting your post. Unless you two were together on that cruise and you both just cuddled in your room and watched news? Lol.

80 posted on 03/08/2017 3:49:13 PM PST by Yaelle
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