Cruise Ship In Google Earth 3D Buildings Layer

We’re getting ready to sail our catamaran Tahina down to Miami next week. We’re going to attend the Miami Boat Show and fill up the boat with new gadgets and equipment for our circumnavigation starting later this year.

3D Cruiseship in Google Earth

As I was perusing the excellent models in the 3D buildings layer for Miami (added back in October), I noticed that there is a 3D cruise ship (Carnival’s “Fascination”). This is the first time I remember seeing a ship in the 3D Buildings layer. Although, there are many other objects like bridges, sculptures, and other surprises in the 3D Buildings layer. Given that this is the main cruise ship dock for Miami, that it definitely warrants having a ship in the layer. The SketchUp model was built by Josh Wilson – who also built the excellent Sydney Opera House model (and many other 3D models) found in Google Earth. Great work Josh!
Related: Track cruise ships in 3D, Capsized Cruise Ship in Google Earth, Majesty of the Seas

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. Actually, the USS Missouri has its own model in the 3D Buildings layer.

  2. Josh Wilson says:

    Thanks for the recognition Frank. Would also like to point out another GoogleEarth application put together by a someone named Friedrich which uses some of the 3d models from the 3d Warehouse to track these ships in real time.

  3. Frank,
    Great job on the update! I look forward to your post everyday.

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