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TTC Special. Super cruises: For better or for worse?



MS Harmony of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship launched by STX France at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire France, on June 19, 2015.

By F. Martin

TTC Service.- Super cruises looks like a dream. Those ships whose number increases throughout the world have their own universe.

Some are small towns. Other introduces music festivals on board. More than one seems to be fairy tales come true, because thousands of passengers on the huge decks visits remote and mysterious places, including tropical jungles and, at the other end, frozen regions permanently close to the poles.

The two biggest holydays ships in the World are the Harmony of the Seas and The Allure of the Seas. Both are owned by the Royal Caribbean. MS Harmony of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship launched by STX France at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire France, on June 19, 2015.

“As the kids explore Splashaway Bay, take a tree-lined stroll through Central Park, or find your own haven in any of the other seven iconic onboard neighborhoods. Sip a post-dinner cocktail crafted by a robot in our unique Bionic Bar, or sit back and watch for the first time at sea, Broadway’s hit Musical Grease. Share every moment with not just the family onboard, but your friends back home with VOOM – the fastest Internet at sea”, Royal Caribbean proposes in its promotion.

The bad side of Super ships.

Some experts see the bad part of the super cruisers. Last May an article in the London newspaper The Guardian headed with the warning “this article is the subject of a legal complaint made on behalf of Royal Caribbean International” described that when

“The gargantuan Harmony of the Seas slips out of Southampton docks on its first commercial voyage, the 16-deck-high floating city switch off its auxiliary engines, fire up its three giant diesels and head to the open sea”.  The paper added that while the 6,780 passengers and 2,100 crew on the largest cruise ship in the world wave goodbye to England, many people left behind in Southampton say they will be glad to see it go.

“They complain that air pollution from such nautical behemoths is getting worse every year as cruising becomes the fastest growing sector of the mass tourism industry and as ships get bigger and bigger”.

The Harmony, owned by Royal Caribbean, has two four-stories high 16-cylinder engines which would, at full power, each burn 1,377 US gallons of fuel an hour, or about 66,000 gallons a day of some of the most polluting diesel fuel in the world”, The Guardian article said.

Nevertheless Royal Caribbean, the US owners of the Harmony of the Seas, said that the latest and most efficient pollution control systems were used and that the ship met all legal requirements”.

No criticism seems to be able to stop the reign of super cruisers.



Allure of the Seas

This November the oasis-class ships, Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and the new Harmony of the Seas, had a meeting for the first time. The three sisters came together to celebrate the U.S. arrival of Harmony of the Seas on the eve of the ship’s debut in her new permanent homeport of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“The Oasis-class ships are architectural and engineering marvels. Each ship features seven themed neighborhoods – a distinctive feature of the Oasis-class ships – and a number of spectacular features, adventures and thrills, including the lush and tranquil Central Park with nearly 12,000 plants and trees, FlowRider surf simulators; a thrilling zip line 82 foot long that races guests nine-decks in the air, luxurious multi-level loft suites with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, the outdoor AquaTheater that hosts dazzling high-diving, aquatic and acrobatic performances, a Boardwalk with a hand-carved carousel, and The Rising Tide Bar, the first moving bar at sea”, according to an Internet description.

“The newest and youngest of the three ships, Harmony of the Seas, officially claimed the title of world’s largest cruise ship, beating her sisters by a mere foot in length and nearly 1,700 gross registered tons. The ship features a bold lineup of new thrilling experiences, imaginative dining, unparalleled entertainment and the latest technology, including VOOM, the fastest internet at sea. Harmony combines the iconic seven neighborhood concept with some of the most modern and groundbreaking amenities and offerings that will appeal to guests of all ages. From The Ultimate Abyss, a dramatic 10-story tall slide, to unparalleled entertainment including Broadway’s hit musical Grease, sophisticated dining in venues ranging from Jamie’s Italian Cuisine by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to Royal Caribbean’s whimsical restaurant Wonderland, which is a unique culinary adventure for the senses, and robot bartenders, there is an adventure for everyone onboard Harmony of the Seas”, according to an Internet description.