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The term cruise It has multiple meanings, but nowadays it is customary to associate the notion with the recreational trip that takes place by boat and offers different scales .

In general, these crossings are pleasant activities that are carried out in luxury boats where the attention is personalized and the services, refined and exclusive.

For its part, the sector of the Navy makes use of the word to apply it to warship which is characterized by having great speed and range of action, which can be presented, based on the particularities it exhibits, such as light cruiser, heavy cruiser, protected cruiser, armored cruiser and battle cruiser.

Nor can it be mentioned that, as contemplated by the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE ), the word cruise has been designated to baptize the stone cross fixed on a platform with steps that is located at the crossroads of the roads and in the atriums. Over time, it has also been accepted that this term be included in the vocabulary of the field of architecture to mention the space where the main nave of a church joins the transept.

The wide variety of meanings of this concept gives rise to numerous alternatives of use, since it is correct to apply it in both expressions and "The cruise passengers were not injured after the collision of the ship against another vessel" and “I love touring the world through cruises ” but also in phrases like "The city museum exhibits a battle cruiser dating from 1911" or "With the missile cruiser, the enemy was shot down".

Many luxury cruises offer extensive offers of leisure to its passengers, which is why this means of maritime transport is among the most popular. It is worth mentioning that some of the boats are large and have the comforts of a shopping center, or rather a small floating neighborhood.

Below we will see the main characteristics of some of the largest cruise ships worldwide:

* Oasis: is a kind of ships belonging to the Royal Caribbean International company, which has one called Oasis of the Seas and another name Allure of the Seas. The first furrowed the seas for the first time in 2009 and his brother, a year later. It is the two largest passenger ships in the world, with a length of 361.8 meters and powered by eight diesel engines capable of exceeding 41 km / h. In addition, each can accommodate 6,296 people and has five swimming pools, mini-golf, nightclubs, climbing walls, casinos and an amphitheater, among other attractions;

* Norwegian Epic: opened in 2010, it is a vessel belonging to the Norwegian Cruise Line and covers European and Caribbean routes. It has 19 decks and enough capacity for 5,183 passengers. Its length, also slightly shorter than that of the Oasis twins, is 329.4 meters. Thanks to its six diesel-electric motors and the same number of thrusters, the maximum speed of this sea beast is 37.4 km / h. One of its main facilities is the Epic Theater auditorium, which has 681 seats;

* Freedom: it is the class of the three ships that occupy the third position in size worldwide, and their names are Freedom, Independence and Liberty, all finished in of the Seas, and the first one was launched in 2006. Its length measures 338.9 meters and a combination of six diesel engines plus three ABB Azipod units and four bow thrusters that allow them to travel at 40 km / h. Regarding its capacity, it can transport 4,375 people and among its attractions is a surf simulator, a solarium, an ice skating rink and a boxing ring.

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