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Old 25 August 2008, 22:15   #1
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Cut n shut cruise liner

Don't travel with Royal Caribbean!!!

They decided they needed a bigger ship so instead of having one built they just chopped it in half and stuck another 73' in - they should have added a hinge - they could have saved on dock fees.................
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I think all of the major cruise lines do this CP.

In RCCL's case, I travelled on Majesty a couple of times before it was stretched - and once afterwards. Couldnt find the join!
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As I recall, the US Coast Guard did the same thing with some of its larger cutters. Of course, the only reason I know that is that the design for reinforcing the joints was somewhat suspect, and they've been having problems (like ships falling apart.)

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Hi Codders

Good picture!

Like the previous guy said, this is now a very coommon practice. Our local cross channel ferry, the Barfluer on the Poole/Cherbourg route, had this treatment some while back and although if you know where to look on the outside, you can see the joins, it remains inservice today.
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Being as how most ships are built these days, you still cant help feeling odd about a commissioned vessel getting cut in half, and expecting it to be the same strength after the job is finished, eh ?
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Just look at the Napoli.............
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Just look at the Napoli.............
was the Napoli extended?
i thought she actually proved really tricky to break up even with explosives?
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Being as how most ships are built these days,
Good point. Didn't even think about that.

I recall a Discovery Channel (I think) show on the building of a US Navy destroyer, which was welded up and outfitted in something like 5 blocks, which were each maneuvered into position and welded up. Kind of amazing, as even stuff like piping and such was pre-installed, then joined later.

And then there's me: I can't even get two pieces of wood to go together correctly...


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