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Cruise Liner Brings In 3850

A cruise liner once the biggest in the World docked at the Port of Suva yesterday. Carpenters Shipping boarding officer Tomu Raturaga confirmed that 2850 passengers were onboard with 1000
28 Dec 2016 11:00
Cruise Liner  Brings In 3850
Cruise Liner Exploper of the Seas berth at Kings Wharf in Suva. Photo:Ronald Kumar.

A cruise liner once the biggest in the World docked at the Port of Suva yesterday.

Carpenters Shipping boarding officer Tomu Raturaga confirmed that 2850 passengers were onboard with 1000 crew members.

The Explorer of the Seas has a gross tonnage of 138,000. The vessel has a passenger capacity of 3,114 and a crew capacity of 1,180, giving a total number of 5,020 on-board. The cruising speed of the ship is 23.7knots.

At the launch, Explorer of the Seas had a tonnage of 137,308 GT, beating out her sister ship Voyager of the Seas by 32 GT and making her the world’s largest passenger ship.

She held that record until being overtaken by Navigator of the Seas in 2002.

According to Wikipedia the MS Explorer of the Seas is a Voyager-class cruise ship owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International, completed in 2000.

She can accommodate over 3,000 guests, including scientists making use of a built-in atmospheric and oceanographic laboratory operated by the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. (The manned lab with its attendant educational and outreach programs for passengers was discontinued in 2007. An automated system for gathering data was installed in 2008.

In early 2015, Explorer of the Seas received major upgrades, including the replacement of the inline skating rink with a Flowrider surfing simulator and increasing her tonnage to 138,194.


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