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About Fuel Friendliness…

In going through an old AARP magazine that was heading for recycling, an item caught our eyes because it included a cruise ship. It put a spin on fuel consumption that we’d never heard and, perhaps, neither have you.

The measurement was called “passenger miles per gallon” to determine the “fuel-friendliest” way to go: car, plane, train, ship. This calculation is determined by the number of miles per gallon multiplied by the number of passengers. So, if your car gets 30 miles to the gallon when you’re driving alone, adding a passenger makes it 60 ”passenger”  miles to the gallon. Three passengers, and it’s 90.

Highest score wins.

Off the top of our heads, we thought cruise ships would do well, just given the number of passengers.

Using the Environmental Protection Agency, Royal Caribbean, Boeing and Amtrak as information sources, here is what AARP determined the four passenger miles-per-gallon were:

Train (passenger) — 63
Plane (747-400) — 61
Car (Corvette) — 38
Cruise ship (Oasis of the Seas) — 36

You can debate the choices of vehicles but the bottom line is that trains are the “fuel-friendliest” mode of transportation. In this study, cruise ships are last.

Today at portsandbows.com: Oceania's new website

Norwegian Pearl
10 nights
March 6, 2015
Miami (return): St. Kitts, Martinique, Roseau, Antigua, St. Thomas
Inside $459
Cost per day: $45
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