Supersize cruise ship.
SUPERSIZE CRUISE SHIP. Cruise line Royal Caribbean International has ordered the world's largest and most expensive cruise ship, a
US$1.24 billion vessel that will hold up to 6,400 passengers, reports AP
(Feb.6,2006). It's the latest step in the industry trend of
supersizing ships, which delight many passengers but are too crowded for
other guests. The ship, dubbed Project Genesis, will be 220,000 gross
registered tons when it is delivered to the world's second-largest
cruise operator in 2009 by Norwegian shipbuilder Aker Yards. The US$1.24
billion figure includes all expenses for the ship, "from forks and
knives and sheets to artwork and everything else," said Harri
Kulovaara, the Miami-based cruise line's executive vice president
of maritime operations.