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Old Apr 15, 2011, 10:46 PM   #1
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Old Apr 16, 2011, 7:34 AM   #2
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Nice shots Steven. I watched a special on the Oasis of the seas on television a couple months ago. It is mind boggling how big that thing is, a complete city on a big metal raft. All of those verandas sticking out from the sides where peoples rooms are is cool.
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Wonder how the lines are at dinner time.

You've captured the impressive size of this ship quite well.
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Got invited on a cruise once. Just couldn't imagine of how that could be fun.

Good photos though.
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Good photos, of the potentally worst nautical experience I can think of (which I assume was your point here).

I once did a presentation at a conference that was held in the MGM Grand hotel in Vegas, the 2nd largest hotel in the world at the time. It was a "nice, intimate" 5,000 room hotel... I ran out of it screaming. The Oasis of the Seas would do that to me also.

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Got invited on a cruise once. Just couldn't imagine of how that could be fun.

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Well as a veteran of many cruises, I love them, there is no more relaxing, (and fattening) way to travel. I took those shots one morning from the ship that I was on, as the Oasis was backing in to dock beside us. It needed no tugboats. It parked just like a car backing into a parking space. Passed in front from right to left, stopped, then put it in reverse, and backed in to the dock. It has swiveling thrusters all around both sides of the ship. I have never witnessed such maneuverability on anything even half that size that floats. I was on a big ship, but when that one parked beside us, it made our ship look small.

Then, I'm looking out from my little balcony, and one of the balconies that I'm looking at on the Oasis had a bar and a hot tub!



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That's way too crowded for my kind of vacation! Nice pictures though--I like #1 in the second set.
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Impressive...!
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We'd have to agree to disagree over that Steve. Glad it makes you happy though and it doesn't look like you're the only one who enjoys it..


edit:- Come to think of it, I did go on a cruise once. The NZ government paid for me and my family for an all expence cruise ship ride from Southhampton England to Wellington New Zealand. 4 1/2 weeks. Got to admit it was a great trip.

But been there, done that and bought the tee shirt...
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Ken - not all cruises are the same. In the early '70's I sailed on a cruise in the Penobscot Bay aboard the J&E Riggin, an 76' (LWL) gaff-rigged topsail schooner. She was built in 1927, did oystering for many years, and in the early '70's was bought and moved to Maine as a "windjammer" cruise ship (even back then I guess owners figured no one would know that a fore-and-aft-rigged ship is not a windjammer).

We sailed around that Bay and anchored at night in little Maine lobster-fishermen towns where they would have rolled up the sidewalks at night if they actually had sidewalks . One of the crew was an excellent hammer dulcimer player and that was our entertainment at night, along with the lobster boats dieseling by at dawn every morning. About as far from Florida bling as you can get.

I got my first dose of Maine humor from the captain of the Riggin. I was the only passenger who was a sailor and the captain invited me to drive. But he knew I had never piloted a sailing ship with a displacement that large (61 tonnes) so I didn't really appreciate that the time lag between a rudder change, and the ship's response, was not a matter of seconds but of weeks (or so it seemed). So the first time he told me to come about I just held the wheel in the new position until the ship started to turn, which of course was way, way, way too long. But it gave the captain the opportunity to (good-naturedly) rag on me for a while.

I'd do it again in a minute. Matter of fact, the Riggin is still sailing and now is a National Historic Landmark.

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