Bigger Means Better

News reports in the last few weeks touched on Royal Caribbean International’s chief executive, Richard Fain, who told the Financial Times that bigger ships are safer ships.

Mr Fain commented “The truth is that the newer, bigger ships are as safe as or safer than any comparable smaller ships. Travellers awarded the bigger ships higher scores in satisfaction surveys because they had better on-board facilities.”

Now the reason for this obviously came because of the Costa Concordia tragedy, the cruise industry really took a beating with comments being made along the lines of these amazing ships being too “top heavy”. For example if I remember correctly Costa Concordia towered in total at 100ft above the water line. At first glance this does sound extraordinarily unsafe however; the weight on cruise ships is concentrated on the lower decks, those below the water line thus giving our cruise ships the ability to remain steady in some of the worst possible sea conditions.

Let’s look at Royal Caribbean; they have joint world’s largest cruise ships, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. They weigh in at roughly 225,000 ton each and they tower some 236ft above the waterline, yet they are quite possibly the safest cruise ships in the world simply because of their massive size.

Personally I agree that larger ships are safer. The overall size of these monster vessels gives them the advantage of being more prepared. They can tolerate and tackle bad weather and severe sea conditions a lot better than a smaller vessel. I guess really it’s obvious that this would be the case.

I am sure some people will firmly disagree but everyone is entitled to their opinion and I think on this kind of subject some of us will always agree to disagree.

Author: Danielle

Trying to explore each and every inch of this wonderful planet via cruise ship.

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