Freedom of the Seas may already be de-throned, herself. I have a postcard in front of me depicting P & O's Adonia. The legend on the back of the card indicates her length as 856 meters. (!!!)
It further asserts that she displaces 77,000 tons and has a beam of 105 meters!
Of course it's a typo- I doubt that she's 2808 feet LOA with a beam of about 345 feet- but it's worth keeping around for a chuckle. If she displaced a little more, I'd think she could have been one of RMS Tyrannic's lifeboats.
I agree completely Jeremy. Everyone has their favorite 'classic' liner, mine is epitomised by White Star's Olympic. A floating condominium complex just doesn't grab something at the visceral level that the old ones do.
RMS Tyrannic- The Biggest Thing in all the World was a series of works done by an artistic humorist named Bruce McCall. He does a lot of funny, whimsical stuff, and did several other prints for the Tyrannic gag, as well. That appeared years ago in National Lampoon- and he's done a lot of work that has appeared (sometimes on the cover) of The New Yorker Magazine.
Here are some of them. http://www.jamesgoodmangallery.com/mccall/pages/availabledisplay29.html
The middle print appeared in Nat Lamp captioned, "Mutton is taken on X Deck". In the 'brochure' in the magazine were admonishments like "Gentlemen are asked to refrain from riding ponies through steerage after 8:00". RMS Tyrannic's slogan was, 'The Right Crowd, and No Crowding". It was a hoot.
We always pine for the good old days but the ships are what they need to be to cater to the existing market. People want "Rooms With A View" and on a ship, that makes for a lot of outside cabins and balcony suites. They also want the theatres, the casino, assorted game rooms and internet cafes, swimming pools...in short, they want a resort that floats. That's why modern day passenger ships look they way they do.
[Moderator's Note: This message and the three immediately above it, originally a separate thread under the "Other Ships and Shipwrecks" topic, have been moved to this pre-existing thread about Freedom of the Seas. MAB]
I hear on the morning BBC news that the 'Freedom of the Seas' docks at Southampton this Am. We saw shots of the interior - so luxurious. Puts Titanic a bit in the shade for interior splendour - wash your mouth out Luck.
Apparently Southampton is the cruise capital of the world. Three Liners in this weekend, seven during the week. Glad we are good at something.
Ernie, Southampton has had plenty of time to practice, and made good use of that.
I recall Donald Hyslop's commentary in "Death of A Dream", where he noted that "Southampton has been a port of call for thousands of years".
If all goes well, I'll join some friends on an eastbound crossing of the Queen Mary 2, arriving in Southampton, next year.
NBC's Today Show will be broadcasting live from the Freedom of the Seas tomorrow (May 12th) while she's in New York. There are some great pictures of her entering New York Harbor yesterday on the World Ship Society - NY website.
Fortunately Poseidon is a Warner Bros. release and not NBC Universal so there will probably be limited reference to that. RCCL's publicity machine also probably had an agreement about negative references and it will mostly be all fluff with tired jokes about having enough lifeboats and icebergs.
I just watched the whole 3 hours of the Today Show and there was no reference to the Poseidon Movie.Strange though that Warner Bros. did not buy commercial advertising time on the Today Show to advertise the Poseidon Movie.Maybe Warner Bros. attempted to buy commercial advertising time on the Today Show for the Poseidon Movie but NBC would not sell the commercial time to them because the network feared that a cruise ship disaster movie being advertised during the broadcast of the Today Show on the morning that the Today Show was showcasing Royal Caribbean's newest ship the Freedom of the Seas,would not please the Royal Caribbean officials because of the fear that advertising this cruise ship disaster movie would result in negative bookings for the cruise ship industry.There was a video graphic comparing the size of the Freedom of the Seas to the Queen Mary 2 and the Titanic.During the show they did show some video clips from Cameron's Titanic movie.