As many of you know, my wife and I and several close friends recently completed a 3-week cruise which included Amsterdam, Norway, Iceland, and Scotland. This was on the same Holland America ship (Koningsdam) we sailed on earlier this year around the English Channel to Spain, Portugal, more ports along the way to Italy, and back to Ft. Lauderdale. The ship is around 2,700 passengers, and is about as big a ship that I would ever want to be on. It's a new ship, and has all the bells and whistles of a new ship, and they all work. I was struck by this tiny ad on the Internet that got me thinking. The cruise industry seems to be migrating to the behemoth class in size and passenger capacity. I am concerned about the stability of those 16-deck monsters that just might tip over in a strong wind. The industry is trying like crazy to convince the public that these floating housing projects are the lap of luxury. They may be for some, and I am sure the revenue generated per square meter is a lot higher than the smaller boats, but Lynne and I have been around the seas a few times, and we are not convinced. Our next boat ride is on something more to our liking - 950 passengers - in December.
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- Ralph Nader