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The QE2 is being scrapped at Alang, since Ghadani Beach has become an international superfund site with toxin levels that kill all living species in 20 minutes of exposure.
The SS Norway has become a Hong Kong Time Share.
King William christens the QE-3 weighing in at 200,000 tons.
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SS United States collapses on itself due to rust in Philadelphia Harbor
All other pre 1980 tonnage is scrapped.
My prediction for future classics:
PO Grand Princess
RCCL Voyager of the Seas.
Royal Olympic Voyager
Royal Olympic Explorer
Queen Mary II
What are your predictions?
[ 07-04-2002: Message edited by: desirod6 ]
Secondly, I dont really think by 2020 (19 years time), Prince William will be King William...well not yet unless his father dies or something...
Thirdly, SS United States WILL NOT collapse on itself due to rust in Philadelphia Harbor because someone WILL buy her and fully restore her...just the question is when!!!
Fourthly, i dont think all other pre 1980 tonnage will be scrapped...highly unlikely...
Lastly, "My prediction for future classics", maybe QM2 but most of them are just going to be normal liners...some of themn even turn out like Fair Princess did...
HOWEVER: Yes the "Norway" will probably be scrapped. BUT if had remained the "FRANCE," I feel that the ship would have met a different fate. Then people "would have heard of her,"
People have not heard of the NORWAY? Yes, quite likely confused in the company of a vast mismash of "Norwegian Dream, Norwegian Star, and Norwegian thisandthat."
But the FRANCE would still be around!
quote:Originally posted by Cambodge:I do not agree nor disagree with the predictions. The last US election demonstrated the fallacies in predicitions and polls.But the FRANCE would still be around!
I am being facetious
You are right Cambodge, you cannot predict the future, I agree that the QE2 is more famous.
However the Oriana of 1960 is afloat and her more famous running mate and much loved Canberra was scrapped.
Can't predict the future: Correct
I am trying to figure which ships will stand the test of time.
*Will cruise ships get bigger and bigger or have we reached a plato? (The Queen Eliz was the biggest for years, until Destiny!)
*Will we see a return to smaller newbuilds?
* Will cruising continue to grow?
* Will the Carib remain the No.1 destination?
*Will there be more cruise lines or just bigger ones?
*What facilities will tomorrow's ships have?
*Will ships ever become a popular method of travel again, opposed to just recreation?
I've no idea! Have you?
Will ships ever become a popular method of travel again, opposed to just recreation?
Unlikely for surface ships, but sometime in the 21st Century space travel is likely to increase. By the end of the century (2100) it is possible that line voyages between Earth & Moon and Earth & Mars will become common.
'Cruising' in near earth orbit and deeper into space may herald a boom in space tourism.
Surface Cruising as a leisure industry can only increase in the long term as the world becomes more wealthy.
...for example: I spend a lot of Money for my Trips round nearly the complete World in the last 22 Years...
...the Generation before, my Father, did his Adventure Trips for nothing and gets now an Pension for this Time. And he had the great Feeling, not to fly Aeroflot but to shot a lot of real Russians...
(he was Cannoneer on an Tiger Tank and Prisoner of War from May 10th 1945 until End of 1948).
It may be, we will become new Trouble in the Future, with Muslim Extremists, for example or with upcoming 3rd World Countries...
...wait and see, and drink Tea.
quote:Originally posted by Lasuvidaboy:. What other newbuilds would Cruise Talkers consider to be modern classics in terms of exterior design?
quote:Originally posted by pungpui:Thirdly, SS United States WILL NOT collapse on itself due to rust in Philadelphia Harbor because someone WILL buy her and fully restore her...just the question is when!!!
I havnt just changed my username to match the topic, It's been like that for a while.
QE2 will be a hotel and Museum of Cunard History in Southampton
QM2 will be the most famous ship afloat together with Queen Victoria and 2 more ships
Norway will be forgotten as she has been scrapped for 15 years now
SSUS has been scrapped for 15 years too
Carnival will be in serious financial problems forcing Cunard to break up with them and become independent by also creating a cargo line and an airline
Oiltankers will all be on the line of scrapping as the new fuel is Hydrogen Gas and is produced on land
I could say more about what I think but that would be political so I 'll stop here
quote:Originally posted by 6263866:Is QE2 really going to be scraped in Alang in 2020, or are you just predidcting the future?
Noooo!!! More like 2006!
Aside from the SSUS, how many American-built hulls still survive? (And no, I'd be hard pressed to consider the Pride of America a US built hull.)
quote:Originally posted by Mariposa:Aside from the SSUS, how many American-built hulls still survive? (And no, I'd be hard pressed to consider the Pride of America a US built hull.)
I have to disagree with the Fantasy class as a whole being classics by then. They are butt ugly. Now the Sovereign of the Seas will be a classic for sure. It should still be around as all it does is float back and forth to the Bahamas.
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