Sunday, April 30, 2006

Shipshape and nearly as big as Bristol

Largest cruise liner stops in British port
(Filed: 29/04/2006)

The world's largest cruise liner has docked for the first time in a British port, ahead of its maiden trans-Atlantic crossing.
The 160,000-tonne Freedom of the Seas, owned by Royal Caribbean International, sailed into Southampton this morning, where it will remain for four days.
At 1,112ft, the ship is longer than 37 double-decker buses and is 237ft high - more than half the height of the London Eye.
The 15-deck vessel will leave on Wednesday for New York where a naming ceremony will take place. Prior to its departure, British guests will tour the ship and go for mini trips.
The giant vessel, which will cruise in the Caribbean, has the world's largest at-sea fitness centre as well as a rock-climbing wall and an ice rink.
It also boasts a surf park where some of its 4,000 passengers can ride the waves. Other facilities include a family water park, a full size boxing ring and a gym.
Previously the record for the largest passenger liner was the 150,000-tonne Southampton-based Cunard vessel the Queen Mary 2.
Daily Telegraph


Blogger Cat in Rabat ( كات في الرباط) said...

I didn't know that the Freedom of the Seas was the biggest liner - saw the Queen Mary last summer (from dockside) and it blew my socks off. I imagine that it'd blow my knickers off to see this behemoth.

6:18 PM  
Blogger ByronB said...

You'd probably cause the biggest tragedy since the Titanic, what with 4,000 passengers all rushing to the side to witness your garmentary reactions...

3:02 PM  

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