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Titanic Size Comparison to Modern Cruise Ships

Updated on September 27, 2016

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When the Titanic was launched in 1912 it was considered the biggest made-made object ever built to float on the waters. It was an incredible engineering achievement since modern technology was still in its infancy near the beginning of the twentieth century. The idea of the Titanic was first conceived in Lord and Lady Pirrie’s Downshire home in London, six years before its fateful maiden voyage. Bruce Ismay and Lord Pirrie wanted to build the largest luxury ship ever. How large was this ship? Was it about the size of the modern day cruise ships some of us are familiar with, or does its size pale in comparison?

The Titanic
The Titanic
Oasis of the Seas
Oasis of the Seas

Surprising Facts About the Titanic

  • The Titanic was registered as a British ship despite the fact that it was owned by an American. John Pierpoint Morgan was the owner of the White Star Line. In 1902, when he brought the White Star Line in Britain, it was originally called the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company. It's office was located at 9 Broadway, New York City.
  • The Titanic was not christened by breaking a champagne bottle against its hull. The movie, "A Night To Remember", had it wrong. The White Star Line did not believe in this practice. The sister ships of theTitanic were not christened either during launch.
  • When the Titanic sank there were no priceless jewelries aboard it. However, a Renault sports car went down with her.
  • There was no 300 foot long gash along the hull of the ship from the collision with the iceberg. The damaged area was only 12 square feet in size. This was determined by a 1996 expedition using a sonar device to scan the hull buried in 60 feet of sand.
  • The Titanic had enough boats for 1,178 passengers. The requirement at the time was that there were enough boats to ferry people back and forth to a rescue ship. Also they figured that the Titanic's watertight compartments would keep the ship afloat for awhile. If the Carpathia had arrived in time everyone on the ship would have been rescued before the ship sank. It took 2 hours and 40 minutes for the ship to sink. That was plenty of time to rescue everyone aboard. Also 465 (of the available 1,178) lifeboat seats went unfilled during that fateful night.

For Its Time the Titanic Was the Biggest Ship

Let me begin with the fact that the Titanic was a large ship for its time. It was longer than the famous Lusitania by more than a 100 feet. The Lusitania itself was 790 feet in length. Before the shipbuilders could begin construction on the ship, three berths at the Belfast shipyard had to be modified to accommodate it. The other two ships built there were the sister ships of the Titanic, the Olympic and Britannic. Also across the Atlantic, modifications had to be made to the pier in New York City harbor to receive these larger ships. Construction of the Titanic officially began on March 31, 1909, and it would continue for approximately two years until May 31,1911, when the hull was completed. It would take another 10 months to put the final touches (fitting-out of the ship) on the ship before it sailed to Belfast for her sea trials on April 2, 1912, eight days before her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.

Titanic Facts By the Number

  • Length

The Titanic and its sister ships did not hold the distinction of being the largest ships for long, even though they were 883 feet long from bow to stern. By 1934 the luxury cruise ship Queen Mary took the honor of being the longest and largest ship. It would beat the Titanic by 136 feet in length. It length of 1,019 feet was equivalent to more than three football fields laid end-to-end. It would not be until the 1990s that another cruise ship would we built longer than the Queen Mary. Many of the Royal Caribbean cruise ships today have lengths greater than the Queen Mary. Believe it or not they are only one foot longer than the Queen Mary. The newest ships, The Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas, launched in 2010 and 2011 respectively, are considered the largest cruise ships in the world with a length of 1,187 feet, about 304 feet longer or another football field longer than the Titanic.

Titanic and Oasis of the Seas side by side comparing length
Titanic and Oasis of the Seas side by side comparing length
  • Beam or Width

After the Titanic was built with a beam of 93 feet, the beam of later cruise ships stayed relatively the same width until 2004 when the Queen Mary 2 was launched. It had a beam of 148 feet; which was about 55 feet wider than the Titanic’s beam. Before that time, the beam of the first Queen Mary, launched in 1934, was 32 feet wider than the Titanic. Currently the beam of the Oasis of the Seas, and its sister ship Allure of the Seas, is almost double the width of the Titanic. Another way of looking at this is to imagine two Titanic ships side-by-side as one ship. That is a big increase in width.

Comparison of familiar  tansportations with the Titanic
Comparison of familiar tansportations with the Titanic
Passengers on one of the decks of the Titanic
Passengers on one of the decks of the Titanic
Children playing on the sun deck of the Oasis of the Seas
Children playing on the sun deck of the Oasis of the Seas
Modern cruise ships are definitely much larger than the Titanic.
Modern cruise ships are definitely much larger than the Titanic.
  • Height

When the Titanic was built it had nine decks for a total height of 175 feet, which is equivalent to the height of a eleven story building. The Oasis of the Seas has 16 decks, with the ship towering at a height of 236 feet. That is about 20 stories high. Another ship currently sailing the seas, the Disney Dream, has 14 decks for passengers and crew.

To move about 2,500 passengers from one deck to another, four elevators were used aboard the Titanic. Three elevators were used for the first class passengers and one for the second class passengers. The Oasis of the Seas has a total of 24 elevators aboard to move more than 6,000 passengers from one deck to another.

With all these decks came ample space for amenities such as pools, gymnasium, spas, dining areas, theaters, etc. When the Titanic was first designed there were only one pool on the ship. The Oasis of the Seas has 21 pools and jacuzzis on the ship for passengers to cool down in. One of the main, and unique, features of the Oasis of the Seas is the living park made of more than 12,000 living plants and trees, with some of them as tall as 24 feet in height. However, there were real palm trees on the Titanic in the Veranda Cafe making it the first ship to have real trees on its deck.

  • Gross Tonnage

Gross tonnage is the overall internal volume of a ship as measured from its keel to the funnel, and from stern to bow, to the outside of the hull of the ship. It is a measurement without units and is used to set port fees, safety rules, etc. Today’s cruise ships obviously have larger internal volume than the Titanic since they are much larger. With a gross tonnage of 225,282, the Oasis of the Seas is five times larger than the Titanic. The Titanic was a mere 46,000 in volume. Even the Disney Dream cruise ship is almost three times larger than the Titanic is in internal volume.

  • Speed

Everyone who has been on a cruise ship knows that speed is not a desirable quality since they are not built to move through the waters very fast. This is what cruising is all about: moving along slowly from one port to another port in days, instead of hours. The Titanic was designed by Lord Pirrie and Ismay with luxury and comfort in mind, rather than speed. As a result, the Titanic’s maximum speed was limited by design to about 22 knots. At that time, competing ship designers wanted to break the speed record crossing the Atlantic.

Today cruise ships are pretty much still design for the same reason as the Titanic to cruise at roughly the same maximum speed established in 1912. In 1934 the Queen Mary had a top speed of 29 knots and the Queen Mary 2 in 2004 had a maximum speed of 30 knots. But generally most cruise ships still cruise around that speed of 22 knots for safety reasons and to minimize fuel consumption. Even the largest ship Oasis of the Seas cruises around 23 knots despite its power and size. As stated before, it is not about speed in the cruising industry. It is about luxury and comfort. This is what Pirrie and Ismay started 100 years ago. Unfortunately, the officers aboard the Titanic ironically disregarded the main reason why this magnificent ship was built for luxury and comfort, not for speed. This was one of a series of events that led to the tragic lost of more than 1,500 lives at sea after the ship struck an iceberg on that fateful, cold night of April 14, 1912.

Summary of Titanic Facts

When was the Titanic Built?

  • Construction started March 31, 1909.

Where was the Titanic built?

  • It was built at Belfast, United Kingdom.

When did the Titanic sink?

  • The night of April 14, 1912 into the early morning hours April 15, 1912.

How long did it take the Titanic to sink?

  • It rook 2 hours 40 minutes after ship struck iceberg at 11:40 PM

Where did the Titanic sink?

  • It sank in the North Atlantic Ocean.

What is the exact location of the Titanic wreck on the ocean floor?

  • The location is 41degrees 43.5 minutes North 49 degrees 56.8 minutes West, about 370 miles south-southeast of Newfoundland.

Number of passengers on the Titanic?

  • There were 2229 passengers onboard the ship.

Number of survivors rescued after the Titanic sinking?

  • There were 713 survivors after the sinking.

© 2012 Melvin Porter

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    • Melpor 3 months ago

      Hector, thanks for the correction.

    • Melpor 3 months ago

      Peter, thanks for your comment on my article.

    • Hector 3 months ago

      I must disagree with you. The RMS Titanic was not an American ship in the true sense of the word. She was built and designed by Harland & Wolff in Belfast and registered as a British vessel. The fact that White Star Line was sold to an American company has no bearing on its nationality as she was never re-registered.

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      Peter Geekie 3 months ago from Sittingbourne

      Thank you for an interesting and well written article.

      kind regards Peter

    • jho 21 months ago

      You already know tha RMS Titanic is smaller tha Oasis Of The Seas but Titanic was built in mid 1900 and that time no one having high tech gadgets or else and Titanic is the most famous ship in that time and that time Titanic is the most famous ship and Oasis Of The Seas is not famous ship in the world and Titanic is built in 4 years only..Titanic is the (Disaster,Romantic,and Drama)

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      Laura Smith 23 months ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      I've always wondered about this. Thanks for clearing it up!

    • Stargrrl 23 months ago

      Very interesting hub. The Titanic was the biggest thing built by men back in 1912. That was before the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building were built.

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      Nicu 23 months ago from Oradea, Romania

      This hub it's very useful for everybody who looks for information about Titanic. In our days there are a lot of ships longer than Titanic, but nobody knows about them. If Titanic hadn't sunk, it won't became as famous as is today.

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      mactavers 23 months ago

      Wonderful Hub, on a topic of endless appeal. The artifacts from the Titanic traveling exhibit is worth a second and even a third visit to anyone interested in the Titanic.

    • hailey 2 years ago

      it helped a lot except that it didn't tell the real thing

    • Chris 3 years ago

      Interesting article. Good comparison pictures.

      I am confused by your comment that "if Carpathia had arrived on time..." Just want to clarify that Carpathia couldn't have arrived significantly faster than she did. She was heading toward Titanic at full speed and still arrived 2 hours after Titanic sunk. Then it took a little over 4 hours to round up all the life boats. Now, if the Californian had responded properly, things might have been different. Really, though, there are almost no ways in which the Titanic disaster could have been completely avoided. Sinking in 2 hours, 40 minutes is actually pretty fast. Simply put, without adequate life boats and procedures, it would have been very difficult to save everybody.

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      Melvin Porter 3 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      MJ thanks for your comment. Here is the math; 12 square feet in size can be a gash in the side of the ship as long as 24 feet long with a width of 6 inches, or 12 feet long with a width of 1 foot or 6 feet long with a width of 2 feet or it can be 48 feet long and only 3 inches wide. These are all equivalent to 12 square feet in area.

    • MJ 3 years ago

      12 square feet hole? I don't believe that.

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      Marvin Parke 3 years ago from Jamaica

      Very informational and the illustrations really helped to put things into perspective.

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      Melvin Porter 3 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Johnnycomelater, thanks for your comment. The Bristol Brabazon was a very large aircraft back in the day, unfortunately it was not a successful endeavor. Thanks for your suggestion and will consider it for a future hub.

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      Alan 3 years ago from Tasmania

      Most interesting and informative Hub, thank you.

      I wonder if you would like to do a similar article about the Bristol Brabazon aircraft. That also was designed to serve the upper class of people who loved (and could afford to) travel across the Atlantic.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miRV-SgYx7Q

      I well remember looking up at the aircraft from Lancing in Sussex on the South Coast of England, in 1950, when the Brabazon flew over us from the Farnborough Air Show.

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      Melvin Porter 3 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Healthyfitness, the Oasis of the Seas is a very large ship compared to the Titanic. I was on this ship in the summer of 2012. It is large but before the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas were launched most modern day cruise ships were not that much larger than the Titanic. They were much wider before they became longer than the Titanic. These ships are literally floating cities and now there is one cruise line that is currently designing a floating island, a cruise ship large enough to support an airport for landing small planes on deck similar to what aircraft carriers have to land fighter jets. It will not look like a ship at all in appearance. Also, thanks for reading my hub.

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      Rick Grimes 3 years ago

      I'm flabbergasted at how big the cruise ships are today. Wow.

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      Melvin Porter 3 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Iguidenetwork, thanks for your comment and for stopping by to read my hub.

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      iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

      A well-written, well-researched hub. I didn't know there were actually a pool and real palm trees in the Titanic, which was in itself an incredible ship in its day. I don't know if I say this right, but if not for the tragedy, ships (not only luxury ones) wouldn't have been improved especially with emphasis on safety and speed. Great work my friend, voted up and awesome/interesting, a following.

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      Melvin Porter 3 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      CollinMorrison, you are right modern day cruise ships did not become significant larger than the Titanic until the sister ships, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of Seas were launched by Royal Caribbean Cruise line recently. Also thanks for reading my hub and leaving your comment.

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      collinmorrison 3 years ago

      very interesting hub, I have always wondered about this and figured that the cruise ships were the same size if not bigger.

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      Melvin Porter 3 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Khohsin, thanks for your comment and for stopping by to read my hub.

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      khmohsin 3 years ago from London,UK

      Amazing and very informative hub... The most amazing point for me in this hub is the difference in size and weight. You really did great work. Thanks for sharing unique information.

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      Melvin Porter 3 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Rfmoran, thanks for your comment and it is amazing that you met a historical figure, especially someone connected to the Titanic disaster.

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      Russ Moran 3 years ago from Long Island, New York

      This is an outstandin hub Melvin. I have always been fascinated by the Titanic saga. I once met Walter Lord. I've written a hub entitled The Titanic Disaster - Have 100 Years Made a Difference. I'm going to amend it and include a link to this hub. Voted up and awesome.

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      Melvin Porter 3 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Rusti, I am sorry for your loss but I am glad you still enjoyed your cruise. Cruises are the most exciting way to enjoy a vacation because just about every activity people generally do on vacation can be done on and off the ship. Everything is a few steps from your cabinet, the food, dancing, nightclub, movies, shows, etc.

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      Melvin Porter 3 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      At the time of the Titanic there were no established rules on how many life boats were require on a typical cruise ship. As you said, the perception at the time was that the ships were built to sink slowly thus allowing the passengers and crew aboard the ship plenty of time to be rescued. The purpose of the life boats were to be used to ferry the passengers from the sinking ship to the rescued ship and then be sent back to the sinking ship to pickup more passengers until everyone was rescued.

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      Ruth McCollum 3 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      Well, we are home now from our wedding cruise, our first cruise! We are hooked. I have to say Mahogany Bay. We had 7 wonderful days of open seas, snorkeling, shows, nice dinners. Exceptional service. If our luggage hadn't been broken into, and a bunch of stuff was stolen, expensive jewelry. The insurance paid out.However the money that was taken (I did everything right. I put our money in different places and our credit cards. So sadly we were limited money wise as for excursions but we had fun anyway. I am already planning our next cruise I'm so excited. Hubby could go to bed watch t.v. and I could be at shows, comedy clubs etc. I'm a cruiser for life!

    • BG 3 years ago

      Melpor, the date of the Titanic sinking is officially recorded as April 15, 1912. After striking the iceberg near midnight, April 14, the vessel took more than two hours to sink.

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      Despite the drama afforded by keeping steerage passengers below decks at gunpoint, the shortage of lifeboats was not by cruel indifference, but the deluded belief there would be plenty of time to ferry passengers to a rescue vessel.

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      After, wasn't the Titanic designed to be unsinkable?

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      dieter dust 4 years ago

      What a great hub, really enjoyed reading this article. Thanks for sharing such great information with us.

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Syedsalman, thanks for your comment.

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      syedsalman 4 years ago from Doha Qatar

      Great information out here!!! I rally liked it :)

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      GWiring2, thanks for your comment and reading hub.

    • GWiring2 4 years ago

      You have done a good reasearch on this topic and well supported by your personal experience also.

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Anivardiashvill, thanks for your comment. That was one of the best comment I have received in while for one my hubs. Again thanks.

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      anivardiashvili 4 years ago from Georgia

      Perfect Hub!

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Natashalh, thanks for your comment and for reading my hub.

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Jasonponic. thanks for your comment. The Titanic 2 is going to be an exact replica of the original Titanic except that it will be equipped with modern technology for communication, navigation, and engine.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Wow. This is a really cool comparison. I particularly liked the image with everything from a person on up compared to the QM2. Voted interesting!

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      Jason Ponic 4 years ago from Albuquerque

      I will be very curious to see where Titanic 2 places on these diagrams! Nice hub!

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Rusti Mccollum, cruising is the best way to vacation money wise.You get everything under one roof; fine dining, broadway shows, swimming, casinos, movie theater, ice show, diving show, port of call at different countries, basketball court, zip line, volleyball, nightclubs, and more on the largest ships in the world, "Oasis of the Seas" and its sister ship "Allure of the Seas". It is the perfect way to spend your honeymoon as newlyweds. I have been on 13 cruises so far and I am going on the "Allure of the Seas" in July.

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      Ruth McCollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      We are renewing our wedding vows to mark 30 years together, on a carnival cruise ship. I believe it's amazing what I am seeing . This is a 1st cruise for all of us. I can't believe on the ship oasis has a living park and 21 pools and jacuzzi. Who wants to go home???? I could live the rest of my life cruising around the seas! I have a salon to do my hair even! I can sit read get my hair toes and nails done before my wedding.. I loved this hub!

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Rfmoran, thanks for your comment.

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      TripleAMom, thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, the event that occurred on Titanic was a tragic one but nonetheless it is a very interesting story that can be read and analyzed over and over from different perspectives.

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      TripleAMom 4 years ago from Florida

      I too have been fascinated by the Titanic, the size, things on board, differences between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class passengers and so many other things. Hard to imagine all those people dying when it could have been avoided in many ways. Great hub.

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      What an excellent article on a fascinating subject. The graphics alone are worth saving this as a resource.

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      TheOracleKing, thanks for your comment. Cruising is a lot of fun. I have been on several of them and I am now looking forward to cruise on the largest ship of them all, the Allure of the Seas, in July. I can't wait.

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      TheOracleKing 4 years ago

      Wow, this ship would be the next titanic I think. It's fun reading this post, and was thinking how good would it be to go on a cruise ship vacation on this big.

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      TrainingMan, thanks for your comment. I too enjoy cruising and I am fascinated with the Titanic tragedy. I have similar thoughts as you have about cruising, but I believe they are much safer and that the captain and his crew are well trained to handle these large ships. These ships now have enough lifeboats on board to hold everyone on the ship if disaster strikes while cruising.

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      TrainingMan 4 years ago from Rochester, NY

      Excellent hub! I've always been fascinated by the Titanic and when we went on a cruise, I thought of the Titanic often. I even brought walkie-talkies with us so when my wife and I were doing different activities, we could stay in contact, just in case.

      I believe ship building has evolved to a state, where we are making them just too large and sitting too high in the water and carrying so many people, that if something happened, it would be tragic. Our ship had a muster drill shortly after leaving the harbor and the life boats were enclosed and self-righting if they rolled over. I love cruising, but am always aware of my surroundings and potential escape routes should something go wrong. It's the best way to travel and more comfortable than flying.

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      noenhulk 4 years ago

      Wow! How I wish to travel around the world with those gigantic cruise ship. I will save my earnings here. Many years from now I can, maybe.

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Maxravi, thanks for the comment. Researchers have pretty much established why the Titanic sunk after hitting an iceberg on April 14, 1912. What they are now investigating is why the ships nearby did not come to the sinking ship to rescue the passengers. One explanation, the crew on the Californian did not see the Titanic due to an atmospheric phenomena; that created a condition where the light from a distant ship cannot be seen from the another ship due to absorption.

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      Ravi Singh 4 years ago from India

      A nice detail into titanic.I always love to know more about it.Though scientist still trying to find real reason behind its end.

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Pamela99, thanks for your comment. I have been watching just about all the documentary shows about the Titanic in the last few days. I learned a lot of very interesting information about this ship.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I just recently watched the Titanic special on the Smithsonian channel, which was excellent. I really enjoyed your hub as it was well organized with all the facts and the comparisons to modern day ships. Up and awesome!

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Rain Defence, thanks for your comment. You are right. The Titanic was a large ship and it still is just not as large as the modern cruise ships. There are plans to build a floating city much larger than the current cruise ships but it will not be call a cruise ship. It would be a permanent residential space for thousands of people with airport on the uppermost deck for easy access to travel back and forth from locations near the port. The floating city will be capable of moving from one location to another probably at a much slower pace than current cruise ships. I can visualize space will be the next place this kind of thing will happen in the distance future.

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      Rain Defence 4 years ago from UK

      Although I was going to say that the titanic looks small compared to the Oasis, which it does really, when you see the scale of the ship next to a car, a person and a plane, you realise it was still absolutely enormous.

      The Oasis reminds me of one of the moving cities that Ian M Banks or Peter F Hamilton writes about though. Imagine one of those flying through space, it looks big enough to be able to live your whole life on it!

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      HarperDavis, thanks for your comment, I initially thought the Titanic was a very large ship also. But in it's day it was the largest made-made floating object.

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      HarperDavis 4 years ago from Midwest

      Wow, great hub! From books and movies I'd always imagined the Titanic was a huge ship compared to modern ones, but that's obviously not so! Thanks you for this informative piece I truly enjoyed it.

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Northlandws, thanks for your comment and for reading my hub.

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Rusti, thanks for your comment. I will be going one in July. I can't wait.

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      Ruth McCollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      we are going on a cruise.that was such a great hub. loved it.

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Vasmenon, thanks for your comment and for stopping by to read my hub.

    • Kelly Shane W 4 years ago

      Thanks to James Cameron we know a lot more about the sinking of the titanic.The resirch that was involved was very interesting. The differances of the Ocean liners of today and of yesterday is hard to grasp. Thanks!!

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      vasmenon 4 years ago from India

      Very interesting information on the TITANIC indeed. Thanks for all the information

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Pandula77, thanks for your comment. The Titanic was big in it day and it pretty much remained among the giants for almost a 100 years until the Royal Caribbean ship "Oasis of the Seas" was launched in 2010.

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      pandula77 4 years ago from Norway

      An interesting hub. It is true that, modern day cruise ships are far bigger than the titanic was but during that time, it was a giant among the giants and I don't think we can compare the enormity of the titanic with modern day ships. Thanks for sharing! Awesome

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Ssq1985, thanks for stopping by to read my hub.

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      Ssq1985 4 years ago from Dayton, Ohio

      I had always wondered about this. Thanks for sharing!

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Sargee, thanks for your comment. I made the correction about the gross tonnage term.

    • Sargee 4 years ago

      You have the Gross Tonnage and Gross Register Tonnage wrong, they are not measures of weight, and in fact have nothing at all to do with the ships weight. GT and GRT measure the volume of the total enclosed space in the ship.

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      LauraGT, thanks for your comment. You are right, cruising have come a long ways since the Titanic and other ships of that era. The cruising industry is still changing as we speak. There is a ship in the planning stages called the "Freedom Ship" which will literally be a floating city. It is not a cruise ship as we know them now. It will circumnavigate the globe and be stationed near various ports with an airport on the top deck to ferry people back and forth. Click on this link for more information:http://www.freedomship.com/

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      LauraGT 4 years ago from MA

      Thanks for the interesting hub. It's amazing how much things have changed!

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Ziyena, thanks for your comment. It is good to meet someone from the Carnival Cruise Line. I have been on several ships from this cruise line and I am amazed at how large these ships are now in comparison to other ships I have gone on in the early eighties. Glory and Legend are the largest ships I have been on so far and I am now booked for a cruise on the Allure of the Seas in July. I can't wait to see how much larger this ship is compared to Glory and Legend of the Carnival Cruise Lines.

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      ziyena 4 years ago from Southern Colorado

      I worked for Carnival Cruise Lines for a number of years, and so I truly enjoyed this hub! Thumbs up Voting Up

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Credence2, thanks for your comment. Cruises today are much safer thanks to the unfortunate chain of events that occurred on April 14, 1912, aboard the Titanic. Cruise ships now have enough lifeboats for everyone on the ship. Modern technology such as the radar and GPS system now make it possible for cruise ships to navigate safely day and night in open ocean waters and near icebergs. And the emergency system for distress calls are much more efficient and the communication systems on all ships are manned 24/7 now thanks to the Titanic.

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      Credence2 4 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Thanks, Melpor we are coming upon the centennial of that horrid event. I think that as of now there are no living suvivors of the sinking. It was most interesting to see how current cruise vessels compare with the Titanic. I guess that now it is policy to have enough lifeboats to accommodate the compliment of ship crew and passengers in case something like the Titanic happens again...

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      mikeydcarroll67, thanks for your comment. The Titanic and other cruise ships at that time is what made the cruising industry what it is today. Many of the activities on cruise ships today are carry over from the early cruise ships such as dining with the captain, spa, pools, etc.

    • mikeydcarroll67 4 years ago

      Never been on a cruise but the Titanic would have been one that I would love to ride on if it hadn't sunk!

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      Melvin Porter 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Stugod, thanks for the comment. I have been on 14 cruises and each ship I have cruised on have been a little bigger than the previous one. In July of this year I will cruising on the largest ship in the world, Oasis of the Seas. I can't wait. One more thing, a ship called the Freedom is in the planning stage and it will be much larger than Oasis of the Seas. This ship will literally be a floating city when it is finished.

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      Stuart Goddard 4 years ago from Bradford

      Fantastic hub melpor. The size of modern day ships is truly staggering. It is a subject that has always fascinated me. I have consistently found myself either near or on the sea and even spent time on a trawler many years ago when visiting the Isle of man tt motorcycle races, And hitching a lift back to the UK. But kept forgetting to get off. No Bull

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