If you think the plans for Royal Caribbean's Genesis class are wild, wait until you hear about Princess Kaguya, a city-at-sea concept that's been presented to Finland's Aker Yards, according to media reports. If financed and ultimately built, the ship would measure 370,000 tons; that's more than one-and-a-half times the size of Genesis (222,000 tons).
It's not a cruise line behind the idea, but a company called Japan Contents Network Inc., whose CEO Hajime Tanaka has launched three golf courses and a Formula One circuit. And the 20-deck ship itself would operate differently from the cruise ships most travelers are used to. In addition to carrying a maximum number of 8,400 passengers, up to 10,000 visitors could board in each port to partake of its urban amenities. JCN has even considered selling some rooms as residences.
The proposed design on its project Web site, princesskaguya.com, includes:
Three independent, different "class" hotels, each with 1,200 rooms.
A multipurpose hall of 6,000 square meters, nearly 65,000 square ft., for holding trade shows and conventions, concerts, indoor sporting events, etc.
A shopping mall 300 meters long, almost 1,000 ft.
A whopping 55 restaurants: 20 for passengers, 20 for visitors, and five in each of the three hotels (15 altogether).
A "Cruising Amusement Park" (no specific details are given at this point).
"I don't know if it will ever be built," Cruise Critic contributor and ship enthusiast Doug Newman says. "[But] it actually seems very well thought out to me, and really quite feasible if the financial numbers worked out."
An itinerary plan page on princesskaguya.com indicates a year-round world-cruise-like lineup -- covering much of Asia and Europe, and crossing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans -- with the ship spending several days in each port.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor
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Move Over Genesis ... Bigger Ship on Horizon?
March 23, 2007