Re: “Cruising toward a record: ‘This will be our biggest season’ ” (Page A1, June 2):

Let’s put the size of big cruise ships in perspective:

 Anthem of the Sea, the largest to visit Portland to date: 1,142 feet and 169,000 tons.

 The Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), the Navy’s newest and largest aircraft carrier (the Navy took delivery last week): 1,106 feet and about 100,000 tons.

 Iowa-class battleships (Iowa, New Jersey, Missouri and Wisconsin), the Navy’s largest-ever battleships: 887 feet and about 50,000 tons.

So the Anthem weighs in at almost 70 percent more than our largest carrier and more than three times our largest battleships.

Ed Wolcott

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