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Quick Hits: Royal Carribean Goes Big, Doesn't Go Home


Brief scrutiny of today's headlines.

In the continuing American tradition of bigger is better, Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) is building the world's largest cruise ship. Just what the country needs on the leading edge of an economic slowdown.

The stock is trading higher today on praise from Goldman Sachs.

Project Genesis, as the vessel has been dubbed, will feature seven neighborhoods, including a football field-sized replica of New York's Central Park. The boat's launch is scheduled for late 2009 and will tote 5,400 inside its massive girth.

Conscious of rising fuel costs, Royal Caribbean and competitor Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) are designing ships to be more energy efficient. They apply special paint to make the hulls more aerodynamic and use equally special lighting throughout the ship.

There are no reports (yet) about the release of totally green cruise ships. But with hybrid Chevy Tahoes (GM) already roaming the road, there's no telling what's next in the evolution of oversized transportation.

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