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Air Cruise Ship

"Ocean Liner" is to "Cruise Ship" as "Airship" is to what?
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Everyone knows that the great ocean liners of the early 20th century eventually evolved into today's cruise ships. I propose the creation of a cruise line utilizing large airships much like those seen in the 30's and 40's and with similar luxury and amenities (albeit on a smaller scale) to modern cruise ships.

This could also be further extended by operating a cruise line with both airships and conventional cruise ships.

Alx_xlA, Mar 20 2010

Problems of scale [WcW]? http://www.airships...indenburg/interiors
[mouseposture, Mar 20 2010]

Or perhaps something like one of these... http://www.bigredha...airships/index.html
Frank Reade Jr. and his daughter were proposing fantastic air ships 120 years ago. [jurist, Mar 20 2010]

Nope. Like one of these. http://www.popsci.c...flying-luxury-hotel
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Mar 20 2010]

Best of Both Worlds Spinnaker_27s_20Dream
[FlyingToaster, Mar 20 2010]

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       Parabaked by Moorcock & probably a hundred others, but badly needed over here in the real world. [+]
mouseposture, Mar 20 2010
  

       after a quick perusal of the Hindenburg site I suppose that this could be compared to a very small cruise ship so actually inside the realm of reason. scaled up to the capacity of a modern cruise ship would be absolutely huge.
WcW, Mar 20 2010
  

       [jurist] your wonderful link pulled me in, and then I thought about the idea, and so yeah+
blissmiss, Mar 20 2010
  

       [mouseposture] - " parabaked ", very good. I use " preheated ", myself.
normzone, Mar 20 2010
  

       [normzone]//parabaked// Thank you, but it's [MaxwellBuchanan]'s coinage.
mouseposture, Mar 20 2010
  

       //i can haz problemz of scale//
well if you insist you can, otherwise with the lifting power increasing cube-ically with size, while the number of passenger-cabins placed on the skin increases square-ically, there's an optimum (rather large) size where the entire outside of the envelope is composed of passenger-cabins (plus observation areas, lounges, dining, etc.). The cabins above the midline won't have a view of what's underneath, but perhaps they can have balconies.
  

       (autohornulative hybrid: <link>)
FlyingToaster, Mar 20 2010
  

       Oooo! //autohornulative// Yumm. (Pity about "looked on with askance.")
mouseposture, Mar 20 2010
  

       can an airship that large land/dock? what about wind. If it does not land how does it take on fuel and supplies?
WcW, Mar 21 2010
  

       [WcW] //If it does not land how does it take on fuel and supplies?// Lightering.
mouseposture, Mar 21 2010
  

       //"looked on with askance"// More of a reverse-Barnum maneuver using a non-real (yet) word and a real destination... though at second-glance there are more regretful possible definitions.
FlyingToaster, Mar 21 2010
  
      
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