Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Biggest Boat

Many people are taking cruises.  This is an extremely popular vacation format.  They discuss which cruise lines have the best value  and offer the best packages for entertainment, meals, drinks, etc.

Do you know that the ship Symphony of the Seas with the Royal Caribbean line holds a maximum of 6,870 passengers?  It is the largest cruise ship in the world and was built this year, in 2018.  It is 1,188 feet long and has 18 total decks. It has seven different 'neighbourhoods'.  It looks like it has eight stories above the deck level.  Below is a picture of the historical growth off cruise ships:


Symphony of the Seas Facts

  1. The Symphony of the Seas has more pieces of art on board than found in the Louvre Museum in Paris
  2. On an average 7-night sailing, over 60,000 fresh eggs are used on board
  3. On a week-long cruise, six million coffee beans are required to make the total coffee made on the ship
  4. During a 24-hour period on the ship, roughly 500,000 gallons of fresh water are consumed
  5. Compared to one eruption of Old Faithful, the Symphony’s 24 pools and water attractions use close to 100x that amount of water

Information about the largest cruise ships is HERE.  Or another article is HERE.

There were 26 million cruise passengers in 2017, and the estimate for 2018 is 27 million.  The industry has been operating at near 100% capacity.  It is a $100 billion industry.

The trend of passengers getting older is true.  And the trend of millennials becoming a major market is true.  The cruise line U by Uniworld imposed an age requirement of 21-45.  That restriction was scrapped before the ships started to sail.  Industry information claims the average age of a cruiser in North America is 46. 

I conclude with this cruise ship joke:

A magician was working on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. The audience would be different each week so the magician allowed himself to do the same tricks over and over again. There was only one problem: the captain's parrot saw the shows each week and began to understand how the magician did every trick.
Once he understood the parrot started shouting in the middle of the show: "Look, it's not the same hat". "Look, he is hiding the flowers under the table". "Hey, why are all these cards the Ace of Spades?"
The magician was furious but couldn't do anything; it was, after all, the captain's parrot.
One day the ship had an accident and sank. The magician found himself on a piece of wood in the middle of the ocean with the parrot, of course! They stared at each other with hate, but did not utter a word. This went on for a day and another and another.
After a week the parrot said: "OK, I give up. Where's the boat?"

Our picture today is luxury living here in Vineland, with a reserved table at the Watering Can, a landmark garden centre in Niagara.

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