Massive cruise ship sliced in half to embiggen it


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Any engineering aficionados care to calculate what additional loads the extension will put on the hull and how safe doing such an operation really is?


Somewhere, Wes Anderson has the weirdest boner. (me too, to be honest. I fucking love a good cutaway…)





Shouldn’t the term be ‘more bigly’ instead of embiggen?


“Dangit, kid—we keep telling you, we split it in half on purpose!


They are kind of built in big modules, so maybe, but… there is a tiny voice that says “remember the name of that ship and never set foot on her” But if it squeezes another nickel of profit by gum they’ll do it!


They’re probably built in sections anyway. I suspect that it’s just a case of inserting another section.

There shouldn’t be much in the way of bending moments on a properly loaded boat.


Maybe they forgot to put in the section when they first built it.


That’s a helluva way to drain the top deck pool.


This is kinda cool: and shows how modular they are.


I’m kinda picturing this…


“That which does not sink you makes you larger.”


I was goin to make a snarky comment, but then I remembered that I have absolutely no engineering experience.


so that they can inset a 15 meter (50 feet) extension and increase the ship’s capacity by 15 percent.

Coincidentally, I’m experiencing a 15% increase in my desire to never set foot on a cruise ship.


I’m in the same boat (pun intended); at some point years from now, there will be a news headline about a boat cracking in half in a storm, hundreds drowning, and I’ll say quietly to myself “wait, wasn’t that the ship they did the thing with the thing, once?”


Paging Liu Cixin.


By then, they’ll have changed the name many times.

e.g. Oriental Nicety, formerly Exxon Valdez, Exxon Mediterranean, SeaRiver Mediterranean, S/R Mediterranean, Mediterranean, and Dong Fang Ocean


This is going to end well