ArchGuy1 wrote:FGITD wrote:ArchGuy1 wrote:The Queen Mary is also a museum ship and tourist attraction and is Long Beach's version of the Empire State Building, Eiffel Tower, Hollywood Sign, Space Needle, or Statue of Liberty.
The main difference being that those attractions actually make money. Except maybe the Hollywood sign, though I'd imagine it's maintenance cost is a bit more feasible.
Simple fact is ocean liners were not built to last forever. Sure, they can dump $300 million into fixing it. But what will they do in another 20, maybe 30 years, when it needs another $100 million? Historic landmark or not, sooner or later it'll have to go
The USS Constitution has lasted over 200 years and is doing well in Boston. Also, do warships like the USS Lexington, USS Missouri, and USS Midway actually make money?
The constitution is a bit of a ship of thesus situation. I believe she's currently something around 15% original. Based on her repair schedule, odds are most of Constitution is newer than the Queen Mary. She's also still crewed and maintained by the navy.
The carriers and battleships probably do make money because they don't need to cater to overnight guests. It's a lot easier to charge admission and have people mill around for an hour or two