Is it time for Scientology to replace its cruise ship? If so, we've done the shopping. - 2019-07-14
With the opening of additional 'Ideal Orgs' in recent years Scientology claims to be experiencing rapid expansion. They have expanded their facilities at Advanced Orgs in Copenhagen and Sydney, and opened a new AO in South Africa. If this expansion in buildings is being met by an expansion in membership they should consider adding to the fleet to provide space for all the new members who want to experience the distraction-free environment offered on their cruise ship, the Freewinds.
In 1984 Scientology purchased the cruise ship known at the time as the Bohème. The ship was launched in 1968 and has been extensively renovated to host conventions, Scientologists on course, and is the only Scientology org that delivers the ultimate OT8 level. At 134 meters it's small for a cruise ship, but still larger than the 103 meter ship Apollo that L. Ron Hubbard used as flagship from 1967 to 1975. Hubbard commanded a fleet of three vessels including the Diana and the Athena so there is precedent for Scientology to own more than one vessel.