When you walk or drive along Via Giuseppe Garibaldi in Messina, a wide road running parallel to the shore and the port, you could at first sight believe that there is another row of multi-storey buildings behind the ones you’re passing by. Only at second sight do you notice that these massive structures which are twice as high as the buildings in that area are actually cruise ships.
Here is another one entering the port and overshadowing all the buildings in the vicinity.
If you know that the tower of the Cathedral is around 60 meters high, you get a sense for the measurements of that boat. It’s huge.
Not only are these boats huge, but they also house thousands of passengers, which they spew out for day trips at each of their stops around the Mediterranean Sea. That day in Messina, I was lucky enough to meet two of its passengers, a friendly couple from Canada, who told me about their cruise around the Mediterranean and made the idea of a cruise quite palatable, even more so when I heard that it’s less expensive than I had always thought. That, and I just couldn’t forget the sight of the water slide on top of the ship.
(Photographed in Messina, Sicily, Italy.)