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    Cruising in Europe, cruise history
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    Any line that still has ballroom/latin/two step dancing. 15+ cruises.
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  1. On the smaller, older ships there may still be a dance floor and combo in Ocean. On the newer, larger ships this seems to be a no.
  2. Mr. HH is my hero with the naps. Somebody needs to set the example. I think whole passage/shared experience thing starts for me when we are outside of helicopter evacuation range in mid ocean. Thanks for the great report. I felt for a moment we were back aboard. BTW if the Wi-Fi in your cabin is hopeless you can prop open the door a little and some signal may wander in. Steel is remarkably good at blocking radio waves.
  3. There has been recent environmental publicity, legal action and even protests focused at Carnival Corporation in particular and the impact of cruising in general. The problems range from stack emissions, sulfur, plastics, to sewage, etc. They may be some people interested in purchasing a "lower impact" cruising product offer. It would for the moment be filled with compromises, and there are not a lot of breakthrough technological tools on the shelf, that are not already in use. This has been validated by our local experts and fact checkers. The modern cruise experience uses a lot of electrical power. Power is used for propulsion (85%+), and hotel loads. And space aboard is limited. The idea would be to design and or rebuild a modest ship that would use a mash-up of technologies. This has been done recently, at least at the design level. Not much new ground has been broken, but it should be considered a 1.0 effort. http://ecoship-pb.com/technology/  The big problem, as has been pointed out by ChengKP75, is the propulsion load. The ship needs megawatts and the solar and wind arrays produce kilowatts. The propulsion issue is significant. After decades with a five ton, 13 hp sailboat, I think massive motors are not required, unless you are in a big hurry. Think cruising not crossing. World War II vintage Liberty Ships were 410 feet long, 14,000 tons and had a single 2500 hp. engine. The top speed was 11 knots. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_ship#Propulsion There was an interesting number in Wikipedia - 2500hp = 1900kw. The latest Tesla commercial Powerpack provides around 200 kWh per chest freezer sized battery module (if I am reading it right). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesla_Powerwall#Powerwall If you had small engines, could you leave the dock with and or make along the way, enough energy for a modest cruise, from say Miami to The Bahamas? The cruise line would store up and or buy solar or wind at the ports for charging. You could add in help from Flettner rotors, sails etc. We cannot of course support 3000 passengers, ice skating rink, etc. But it can be a cruise.
  4. I am not sure if this project is still moving ahead, but they are taking a wholistic view of total shipboard environmental/carbon impact. There is data that younger people are more interested in all things environmental = future passengers. http://ecoship-pb.com/technology/ And there is reference to a term I have not seen before from the world of shipping- EEDI http://www.imo.org/en/OurWork/Environment/PollutionPrevention/AirPollution/Pages/Technical-and-Operational-Measures.aspx
  5. As a reformed extension cord and power strip smuggler this situation is like water bottle filling stations. A collective groan comes from the engineering and finance staff at Cruise Line HQ- what is the business case (poor), what is the new revenue (none), what is the hassle factor for adding outlets to cabins (high.) But guest preferences are changing. Free business advice- cruise on us we have more outlets per cabin 🙂. If they get 1000 forms every cruise requesting an approved cord- a good solid measurable message. ChengKP is right (again) though- why risk starting a (smoky electrical) fire? Home made 115V wiring- OMG. I bring the tiny $1 Euro round pin (and or UK 3 pin if Cunard) to 115V plug travel adapters and thereby pick up an extra cell phone/laptop outlet (read the fine print on the back of the device) or two to use on every ship. And remember it all has to be unplugged leaving the cabin.
  6. In Santo Tomas there are a couple of cute restaurants a few blocks away, around the navy base. You go past the craft market, out the gate, straight then right then right then left. At one you dine out over the bay. I bought two nice handmade belts in the craft market. In fact, yes, the ship is docked at a busy container port.
  7. I am looking at the Horizon - out of Malaga. It says the ship arrives at 8AM- what is the earliest flight I could book? There is an amazing flight at 10:50AM. Most of the US lines would arrive at 5 you would be walking off by 7. The airport looks close by.
  8. You can also find the Cruise Director (some lines have a Music Director) early on and ask if they can do something for you. They have the ability to modify the weekly program a little and add a pre recorded session or round up a musician or two.
  9. You should go up and nicely ask the band leader. If there does not seem to be interest in dancing they will default to jazz. But they can and will dig in the song sheets and find dance music.
  10. We had lovely ballroom and Latin dancing on the Rotterdam in March 2019 to a four piece combo in the Ocean Bar which had a roughly 14x16 foot dance floor. The dance floor, band stand and combo are reportedly missing from the Ocean Bar on some or most of the newer, larger HAL ships. The older, smaller HAL ships seem a good bet but check the daily programs online. We might need a dancing thread with recent reports ship by ship. Cunard does have a dedicated ballroom, dance hosts and orchestra on every ship. But it can be super crowded out there. If I was HAL I would promote the fact that you can dance on the smaller ships- there is a silly industry "rule" on fleetwide /brand consistency. Note on the lower photograph the dance floor is empty.
  11. I downloaded and read the NIPCC 2019 report. http://climatechangereconsidered.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Full-Book.pdf The short summary of the NIPCC report is fossil fuels have brought so many benefits - economic, social and even health- and there is an ongoing debate over weather and climate models. I checked the references. I was very curious what Dr. Singer et al would say about ocean acidification. The oceans are 30% less alkaline since 1751 (pH 8.25 to 8.14 per Wikipedia) due to increasing carbonic acid (from rising CO2). This is putting a strain on marine life. Climate skeptics such as Steven Milloy have been saying "species will adapt" for some time. The 2019 NIPCC report says this: "Ocean acidification - Many laboratory and field studies demonstrate growth and developmental improvements in aquatic life in response to higher temperatures and reduced water pH levels. Other research illustrates the capability of both marine and freshwater species to tolerate and adapt to the rising temperature and pH decline of the planet’s water bodies. " Based on this reference https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982214014419 Which actually says this: "Despite catastrophic losses over the last few decades and the recent listing of 20 additional coral species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, these diverse responses provide hope that the world’s remaining corals may still contain the adaptive ingredients needed to survive." So if you stay in the "bubble" and pull fragments of data and quotes out of context the NIPCC report can be reassuring to some people. But if you actually read the science, there is a different conclusion.
  12. We have a been doing a minor poll on another thread. There tends to be band and dance floor in the Ocean Bar on the smaller, older ships in the HAL fleet. So S-Class and R-Class. The dance floor in Ocean bar seems to be literally missing on some newer HAL ships. This may, to be fair, reflect a broader demographic trend- on a March 2019 Rotterdam cruise, we and another couple had a lovely time ballroom and Latin dancing in Oceans. But if the band is playing to only furniture, this sends a powerful and sad message back to headquarters. I got this message recently- on a recent (1/2019), Vision cruse, they have a large dance floor and only a few couples showed up for a recorded ballroom event. On a Majesty cruise, three couples danced to Latin in Boleros. The next event, karaoke, packed the place. On a Breakaway cruise, we and some children danced on the lovely and large dance floor in the MDR. For the moment, if you check a recent daily program, and your proposed ship seems to have a band in Ocean, book it 🙂 We feel the same way about libraries.
  13. Based on the careful analysis from ChengKP, you are right. For a large, fast, energy intensive ship that is all that is on the shelf today. I remember reading the long reports on the huge electric power demands for the Ford-class aircraft carriers. What I was thinking would be a more modest, retro model- like a "Windstar" experience. Open windows, 7-8 knots, lower passenger density. I do not require 65 degree AC, unlimited ice water, 3500 fellow passengers and 24 knots to enjoy a cruise. But I might be alone.
  14. Water bottle filling stations on cruise ships seem to be one of the most challenging engineering, public health and economic issues of our time
  15. I got the email and was underwhelmed. Given the current position of Carnival Corporation in the environment doghouse, I was hoping for something stronger. I was asking myself what could possibly slow the relentless growth in cruising- having it become non PC from a pollution standpoint. Looking out the window at the bunkering barge - that is the hardest question. If Samuel Cunard was around today he would be finding a new and bold way to cross the oceans. Carnival Corporation could invest in some propulsion trials. Maybe they could convert/modify an old ship to try these out - there are some candidates: Flettner / Magnus sails https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/09/spinning-metal-sails-could-slash-fuel-consumption-emissions-cargo-ships LNG fuel + Solar Panels + sails https://www.motorship.com/news101/industry-news/oshima-shipbuilding-and-dnv-gl-sign-strategic-cooperation Hydrogen Fuel Cells - see Viking Biofuels - the math here is sometimes dodgy - except maybe algae Etc.
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