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The Next Titanic? 5 September 2006

Posted by David in Uncategorized.
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I have Golden Princessjust heard that Princess Cruises – part of the American Carnival Cruises megacompany that also owns P&O Cruises and Cunard – are planning to send the Golden Princess cruise liner to the Antarctic. The 109,000 ton vessel will take nearly 4,000 passengers and crew on a journey through the frozen wilderness. I wouldn’t advise it.

The Golden Princess is not an ice-breaker and has not been reinforced as other vessels have been for this area. I have travelled on a similar ship built for the same line, Oceana (formerly OceanPrincess), and they were not designed for bad waters. People we know have also sailed on Oceana and agree. The voyage was very unstable in relatively calm conditions. A flat hull and blocky profile are fine in the Caribbean, but the Atlantic, Med and Antarctic need a bit more.

Taking a ship of this size into such icy waters is extremely foolish. A rescue mission would be all but impossible on such a scale, the local temperatures are freezing despite global warming, and we have all seen too many Titanic films, too many times.

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