How are you going to accomplish this, Rob? Some of the other guys have already answered this transfer issue regarding power loss. It can't be done. The only- ONLY way off a vessel like this once she's at sea, is to jump, lower one of the boats, or helo. It's not possible to helo off that many people with a stokes litter and a winch, nor is it possible to ferry them over to another vessel with a bosun's chair, one at a time. Resupply while under way is very dangerous and difficult even with a well-trained crew. Hell, I've been involved in that little exercise myself while in the service, and while your sentiments are nice, they simply aren't possible. Life throws shit at you, and sometimes you don't get your way, regardless of any "profit". Especially given the litigateous nature of American society, if they were stupid enough to attempt to try it, and had ONE accident, the company would be sued into oblivion by the end of the week. And I haven't heard of anybody perfecting the transporter, yet. It's not an "expense" issue, but a safety issue, running completely counter to the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) regulations. Recall that idiot captain of the Italian cruise ship who abandoned his charge after she hit a rock last year? It's a wonder he wasn't taken out and hanged. As a captain myself, I have the absolute obligation to ensure the safety of my passengers before I even begin to think about any crew. Offloading that many passengers at sea would be way past the top end of my danger meter! What you have here is a city's worth of spoiled little piss-ants, bitching about the smell, and the fact that their champagne isn't chilled. Get real! What you don't understand is the fact that those monsters are completely at the mercy of the wind, with so much superstructure-what we call "top hamper" They go where the wind takes them, and it's almost always windy at sea. Let's see how much they change the whine if the ship drifted onto a reef, or the fire caused an explosion which blew a hole in her side, below the waterline. That's an emergency; an overflowing head isn't. One of you mentioned-tongue in cheek-that they should have just flown a new engine out, pulled out the old one, and fired her back up. Well, this is partly possible-the replacement, I mean. I've actually seen it done once. The crew working the replacement had to pull out the supertorches, and cut a hole in the side of the ship, put the old engine on a sliding block system, and crane it out. The hole they cut was the size of a semi. Took `em a couple of weeks to pull it off, too!