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A Cancer on the Planet

In 1974, the Club of Rome issued a milestone report on the state of the planet and the path forward for the flourishing of life here. Their seminal report, titled “Mankind at the Turning Point”, declared ““The Earth has cancer and the cancer is Man.”

Yet even in their wildest fever-dreams, did this august council imagine that that cancer would so metastasize that it would be 19 floors with 40 bars, the largest waterpark at sea with six record-breaking slides — where you can “Choose a different pool for every day of the week, including Royal Bay — the largest pool at sea” — and “a huge surf-simulator [that] funnels 30,000 gallons of rushing water to create the perfect swells all day, every day”?

Icon of the Seas is a cruise ship under construction for Royal Caribbean International and will be the lead ship of the Icon class. She is scheduled to enter service in early 2024 out of the Port of Miami in the US. She has a gross tonnage of 250,800, making her the largest cruise ship in the world by gross tonnage. [Wikipedia]

This is not an engineering marvel, nor is it “a new chapter in cruises”. This is insanity, such an extreme form of dissociation as to be even schizophrenic. If some say we are doomed, I can only answer “Bon voyage.” You make your bed, then you sleep in it. Anyone who pays upwards of $10,000 per person to ride this disgusting abortion of what happens when an amusement park meets a shopping mall deserves not only the most fulsome ridicule, but the strongest social disapproval possible, just this side of a beating. I mean, seriously, folks.

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