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ByRick Deutsch

Is “Melody of the Seas” the name of the next Royal Caribbean Oasis-class ship?

Royal Caribbean is busy building more colossal ships. The 5th in their offerings will be called the Melody of the Seas. – Well, that’s the buzz. They have not officially  named it. Industry pundits are picking up vibes that the ship’s moniker will be the Melody. Folks, these are floating cities, literally. They can hold more people than live in most Iowa towns!

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OASIS class Royal Caribbean cruise ship

How does 8,500 humans sound?   Hope everyone wears name tags to keep things intimate. Gosh, you could get lost for weeks on one of these.

It is years away but is in line to be constructed. Look for it in 2021.

The 4th in what they call their “OASIS” class is the Symphony of the Seas.  It is being built at the STX shipyard in France. Push-out is about a year away. It will be 230,000 gross tons…..and the Melody will be even bigger.

If you are keeping score, there are the 3 existing (aka sailing) ships in the Oasis Class:

Harmony of the Seas
Allure of the Seas
Oasis of the Seas

Oasis has been out since 2009 and got spiffed up in a 2014 dry-dock.

Read a summary of the Oasis class

Anyone out there been on one of these ships?   I’d love to take a trip – just to see it.

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Frivolous lawsuits moving cost of cruises up; Judgments get passed on

 

For every court case brought by a “wronged” passenger, the cruise lines have to recoup by adding a few bucks to your fare.  They have to. Most are settled out of court and you’d think some of these folks are looking for ways to get hurt – then blame the ship.

We’ve talked about some of these. Walking into a sliding door. Getting hit by a stick during a shuffleboard game.  Gosh… no signs.

It’s way cheaper for the line to just pay up front rather than go to court. Their lawyers get big bucks and the plaintiff will gladly accept a few hundred grand, than risk losing their claim.

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Royal Caribbean gets sued

Here’s the latest one I found. A lady filed a complaint that she suffered an ankle fracture while roller skating aboard the giant ship. Turns out she said that ping-pong balls fell onto the roller skating rink. This was on April 3. Geez, stuff happens. Why wasn’t she watching where she was going?

The case was taken to the U.S. District Court in south Florida – Miami Division. Poor “deep pockets” Royal Caribbean Cruises was accused of negligence. Why? Well they were responsible since they didn’t use reasonable practices to keep foreign objects from falling onto the skating surface. Makes me cringe.

The woman insists on a jury trial. She wants compensatory damages that are higher than the minimum this court can approve. Oh, toss in interest and costs.

If you ever need an ambulance chasing legal staff….they hang out in Miami.

Lady get a life.  Stuff happens. And someone always has to pay. Nice country we have.

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Anniversary of Titanic sinking – it’s rusting away

Just a few days ago, the anniversary of the April 14, 1912, sinking of the first true luxury cruise ship, the RMS Titanic passed. It sank after colliding with a huge iceberg in the North Atlantic.

It slowly sank, sending 1,514 people died, to a water grave. About 300 survived.  As a result, maritime rules were immediately improved.  The number of lifeboats onboard was standard for the time.  Really?  Only 22? For over 2,000 PAX?   Turns out there had never been a large disaster at sea  like this…before, most incidents were small and usually other ships were in the area and the lifeboats could easily ferry passengers off.

Not that day.

One estimate has that iceberg over 200 ft tall.  We recently had a cruise to Antarctica – yes, they grow that large!

What’s been happening to the old boat since?  We all have seen the movie and a few “amusement” areas offer artifacts to view.  Clive Parker – the Aussie billionaire – still says he’s going to build a replica. We’ve been waiting years for the keel laying. The Chinese are moving forward with a Titanic of their own. It will not move.

Read more about Clive Parker’s plans

Rust is eating away at the ship. Entrepreneurs are clamoring to take “guests” down for a first hand look for mega-bucks.

Many want to leave it a cemetery. What do you think?

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Bonus trivia – The RMS in RMS Titanic stands for Royal Mail Service.

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