With the economy stagnant a US$645 million cruise ship is built in Japan to keep passengers fat and happy and the ocean mucked up

Japan has a stagnating economy so Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for US$645 million builds a new cruise ship the size of a small city for the German company AIDAprima. The AIDAprima cruise ship took five years to construct and left on its maiden voyage in October, 2015. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was awarded the contract to build two new generation cruise ships for AIDA Cruises in August 2011. The AIDAprima sailed from the Japanese city of Yokohama to Hamburg, Germany. The cruise vessel will be the first to sail from the German port of Hamburg all year round. AIDAprima has a length of 300 meters, width of 37.6 meters and a draft of 8 meters. The gross tonnage of the cruise ship, which will be classified under the DNV GL class, is 124,500 tonnes.The new cruise ship will feature 1,643 staterooms of 14 different categories to accommodate up to 3,300 passengers.

Cruise ships are known for being major polluters of the ocean but that doesn’t matter to cruise ship marketers. The cruise industry markets its ocean voyages as a chance for vacationers to “return to the sea” and to “forget their troubles onshore”. However, keeping 3,300 people afloat on the AIDAprima, fat, and happy comes with hidden environmental costs. The 16 major cruise lines voyaging the waters today generated more than 1 billion gallons of sewage in 2014. Thanks to lax laws, ships can dump that sewage straight into international waters—polluting the pristine ocean near cruise destination hot spots. In 2015, the industry is expecting a record 23 million passengers to hit the high seas—meaning the environmental impact isn’t going away anytime soon.

AIDAprima Cruise Ship Construction & Christening in 4K, May 2016 by MKtimelapse