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Saturday, December 10, 2016

MY GRAND OCEAN DESTINY

My Grand Ocean Destiny could well represent the Blue Revolution, and sounds like some kind of forewarning, but I couldn't find a better "d" to create the acronym for my one week high seas tour around the islands of Hawaii:  My GOD. 

Norwegian Cruise's Pride of America has for 10 years in a row been voted the best Hawaii Itinerary.  However, this is the only ship doing this, so by the absence of competitors, it could well also be the worst.

The company began operation in 1966 and for a long while was the largest cruise line in the world.  It is mostly owned by American and Malaysian interests.  There is nothing to do with Norway, except for the names their ships.

In 2014 the company gained ownership of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.  Their newest is the Norwegian Escape (right), weighing in at 164,600 tons.  By comparison, the Pride of America is only 80,439 tons, still heavier than the Crystal Symphony at 51,000 tons.  However, the largest, Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas, is 226,963 tons.  Ten of the  eleven largest are all owned by Royal Caribbean, with Norwegian Cruise's NE #7.

By comparison, the catamaran Pioneering Spirit (left), a crane vessel, is rated at 403,342 tons and supertanker Bacillus weighed 275,268 tons, but has been scrapped.  As a sign of the times, 23 or the 25 largest supertankers are out of service.

I should note that the heaviest ships are not the longest, as here:


Hard to imagine this difference, but the Ukrainian Antonov An-225 Mriya (right) can lift a maximum takeoff weight of only 660 tons.  A fully loaded Boeing 747 goes up to 450 tons and Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose weighed  200 tons.  

The blue whale comes in at more than 150 tons.  This is the largest animal ever on Planet Earth.   The biggest brontosaurus-type dinosaur, the Argentinosaurus, might have weighed 80 tons.  TRex?  Maybe  a puny 11 tons.  I might finally add that the space shuttle's crawler-transporter is a rather huge 30,000 tons, but still less than half that of the Pride of America.

I have another couple of hours until I board.  Not sure when the next posting will occur, but as tomorrow is Sunday, I'll at least intersperse something about the Sunday Manoa, for one of their original members, Palani Vaughn, passed away yesterday.

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