Monday, June 15, 2009

Royal Caribbean is Testing Balloon Rides

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines is testing a balloon ride off the stern of the Oasis of the Seas during Sea Trials.

RCCL Chairman and CEO Richard Fain explained what was happening on his blog. He said the balloon is actually an "aerostat," a lighter-than-air object that usually remains tethered to its base by a long wire and could be used to give passengers rides. "The idea is interesting, but it has such a cornucopia of practical issues that I give it less than a 50 percent chance of being used on Oasis," Fain wrote. "If we don't use it on the ship, I will consider it just another of the many ideas our people develop that didn't work. On the other hand, if it is successful and we do decide to use it on the ship, I will consider it another of my better ideas. Remember, this is just one of many experiments we undertake and, unless we actually decide to go forward with it, one that you will never hear about again."

Fain promised to report on whether the aerostat will actually make it onto the ship. For more information, visit

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