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Friday, February 7, 2014

So.... You Want A Bigger Cruise Ship?... Ok....


  1. I had no idea they could do that - just slap another 99feet into the middle of a ship.

    "Olsen took delivery of the ship on 7 November 2007, renaming her after the Balmoral estate. The company initiated a major refit at the Blohm + Voss repair shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, before her inaugural cruise on 13 February 2008, to Florida—her base for Caribbean cruising. The work included the insertion of a 30 meter (99 ft) midsection, built in conjunction with Schichau Seebeckwerft in Bremerhaven, and floated into Hamburg at the end of October 2007. The reconstruction added a further 186 passenger and 53 crew cabins, making the ship currently the company's largest. It also introduced 60 new balconies, along with new and modified public areas, all designed to appeal particularly to the British cruise market."

  2. Amazing stuff. They really are engineering marvels... but the Achilles Heel is that the designers never account for the potential damage caused by inadequate mooring points when it comes to bringing refueling vessels like mine alongside. We beat the bag out of the hull plating on those things.

  3. Great video - I wonder how many worked on it...

  4. I will never go on that ship. Ever.


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