Majesty of the Seas

Cruise ship Majesty of the Seas in Google EarthThis is a good story for a Friday. Earlier this week had a feature about a bizarre sighting in Google Earth of a “miniature” (33 meters long) cruise ship found in the driveway of a home in France. It turns out a retired coal miner, by the name of Francois Zanella, has earned quite a bit of notoriety by building a 1/8th scale model of the “Majesty of the Seas” cruise ship in the form of a French canal boat. That’s right, he has since launched the boat for going up and down the canals. Read the full story here. He even contacted the builders of the real cruise ship and was given a tour of the real ship by the Captain himself. He was featured on a French TV show while he was building and launching the vessel. Anyway, you can see the scale model in his driveway here, and you can also see the real Majesty of Seas in the Miami harbour. Nice write-up James and Alex!

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. This man is just incredible. He built it alone with help from people who worked on the real one (in Saint Nazaire).

  2. Just a note… the location of Majesty of the Seas has changed. It now shows a Freedom-class ship (Freedom of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, or Liberty of the Seas) in its place… hehehe

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