Author Topic: Isn't she beautiful!!! (a parade of ugly cruise ships!)  (Read 75497 times)

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LegendOfTheSeas

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Re: Isn't she beautiful!!!
« Reply #60 on: Aug 19, 2009, 07:09 PM »
Ugh.  I mean really.... UGH!!

http://www.meretmarine.com/article.cfm?id=107680

OMG - that is a THING!!!! Not a ship but a monstrosity.  :o

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Re: Isn't she beautiful!!! (a parade of ugly cruise ships!)
« Reply #62 on: Sep 11, 2009, 07:54 PM »
Lipstick on a pig...

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Re: Isn't she beautiful!!! (a parade of ugly cruise ships!)
« Reply #63 on: Sep 11, 2009, 08:30 PM »
Bob - THAT"S IT EXACTLY!

Laughing now - 
although that pig was def. not at all funny ::)

The contrast with almost every other vessel afloat -
she and the likes of her are an insult to everything to do with the sea
No RESPECT whatsoever!
Think I'd better stop or...
« Last Edit: Sep 11, 2009, 08:31 PM by Twynkle »

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Isn't she beautiful!!! (a parade of ugly cruise ships!)
« Reply #64 on: Sep 11, 2009, 09:15 PM »
Amazingly (or perhaps not?) the AIDA ships get good reviews from ocean liner enthusiasts.

The British Ocean Liner Society has been on board for several cruises and produced very tempting reports, together with (to my mind) rather interesting photos of the interiors.

One of my recurrent questions to my knowledgeable friends has been : "Where are the really good ships being built at present? Who is producing the QE2 of our days?"

The answer is, of course, no one is doing so. But on further thought, the answer is "Meyer Werft Papenburg" -- which is where the AIDA ships are being built. Solid design, modern artwork, new ideas, high quality, no fear to pay the price. All in contrast to the shipyards which built the most recent Cunard ship, and are building the next one, which produces ships at a much lower price (with all that that means, of course).

AIDA (as well as Costa) is Carnival owned -- but unlike the other branches of Carnival, these two have been allowed the freedom to design and build their own high-quality ships and to provide high-quality service no longer provided by e.g. Cunard.

I have not tested the AIDA ships myself, but at this stage, would be more tempted to do so than to try qV.

Forum members who are also members of the Ocean Liner Society, or have access to its excellent publication "Sea Lines", can find a thorough review in the Autumn 2008 edition (pages 4 to 14).

Not sure about the "hot lips" exterior... but have a look at a few interior shots, and admire the teak decks :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bwop/46363215/in/set-1012381/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bwop/46455976/in/set-1012381/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bwop/46751136/in/set-1012381/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/erikaheinzurlaub/2969869432/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/27436873@N04/2628480990/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mannahh/3401644343/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/21925490@N08/2110493319/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/21925490@N08/2110493399/

It took me quite a while to come round to taking a positive interest in the AIDA ships (frankly, the "hot lips" put me off!), but I trust the judgement of those who have recommended them (one of whom wrote one of the outstanding books on QE2...).
« Last Edit: Sep 11, 2009, 09:32 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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Re: Isn't she beautiful!!! (a parade of ugly cruise ships!)
« Reply #65 on: Sep 11, 2009, 09:36 PM »
Out of curiosity, what does everyone think of the SuperStar Virgo?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sierra2u/2363362631/

Offline Kathy M.

Re: Isn't she beautiful!!! (a parade of ugly cruise ships!)
« Reply #66 on: Sep 11, 2009, 10:00 PM »
I'll probably get bashed for saying this - but it doesn't seem too bad to me!
Kathy

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Re: Isn't she beautiful!!! (a parade of ugly cruise ships!)
« Reply #67 on: Sep 11, 2009, 10:05 PM »
Hopefully nobody gets bashed here! I'm also holding my breath for reactions...  8)

Offline Avariel

Re: Isn't she beautiful!!! (a parade of ugly cruise ships!)
« Reply #68 on: Sep 11, 2009, 10:07 PM »
Hopefully nobody gets bashed here! I'm also holding my breath for reactions...  8)
I'll join you in holding my breath.

I'll probably get bashed as well - since I think the SuperStar Virgo looks nice. Then again, I do sail on that ship quite often.

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Re: Isn't she beautiful!!! (a parade of ugly cruise ships!)
« Reply #69 on: Sep 11, 2009, 10:09 PM »

Is that ships ? Or block of flats ?

Louis

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Re: Isn't she beautiful!!! (a parade of ugly cruise ships!)
« Reply #70 on: Sep 11, 2009, 10:13 PM »
I'll probably get bashed for saying this - but it doesn't seem too bad to me!

I agree with Kathy - not that bad.  This looks like an older ship and her lines are a morph of a classic QE2-like liner and floating box hotels.  Any idea how old this ship is?  Hopefully this is a trend to come but I highly doubt it.  Too many folks (including me) want private balcony rooms which drives design. 

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Re: Isn't she beautiful!!! (a parade of ugly cruise ships!)
« Reply #71 on: Sep 11, 2009, 10:19 PM »
I'll probably get bashed for saying this - but it doesn't seem too bad to me!

I agree with Kathy - not that bad.  This looks like an older ship and her lines are a morph of a classic QE2-like liner and floating box hotels.  Any idea how old this ship is?  Hopefully this is a trend to come but I highly doubt it.  Too many folks (including me) want private balcony rooms which drives design. 
SuperStar Virgo? She's was launched in 1998. Not a very big ship though.

Offline luzparis

Re: Isn't she beautiful!!! (a parade of ugly cruise ships!)
« Reply #72 on: Sep 13, 2009, 05:24 PM »
the most horrible cruise ship

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Re: Isn't she beautiful!!! (a parade of ugly cruise ships!)
« Reply #73 on: Sep 13, 2009, 06:01 PM »

That is really ugly.What a horrible design too.

Louis

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Re: Isn't she beautiful!!! (a parade of ugly cruise ships!)
« Reply #74 on: Sep 14, 2009, 04:20 AM »
The more I see of these ugly ships, they remind me of the old Thunderbirds series. They look like the vessels that used to some times appear in it and International Rescue would be sent to save the vessel from disaster,  ;D FAB

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