Beauty, it is often said, is in the eye of the beholder. Maybe so, but I don’t derive any aesthetic pleasure from looking at mega cruise ships. I consider these multi-storey floating hotels to be eyesores. At best, they look like stodgy assemblages of Lego bricks; at worst, monstrous structures of steel and glass. The following photographs will illustrate my point.
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Colourful hull of a cruise ship
A question of personal taste
In the final analysis, it all boils down to personal taste. John Ruskin, the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, said in his 1864 lecture, ‘Traffic’: “Tell me what you like, and I’ll tell you what you are. Go out into the street, and ask the first man or woman you meet, what their ‘taste’ is, and if they answer candidly, you know them, body and soul.” Some people are impressed by the sheer size of mega cruise ships. They may associate it with grandeur, power or luxury. As for me, I will go for sailing ships any time.
~ Barista Uno