The Risian Event Ship Speculation thread had a suggestion for a submarine as the Summer Event Ship this year, and I thought it was an excellent suggestion, but we all know Cryptic's stance on player-operated vehicles. However, it gave me ideas, and I presume to share them with you:
As many suggestions for new Summer Event contests and activities have come up, and there is limited space on the old Risa map, it occurred to me that we could use a new island for additional events. It would be accessible by sailboat or by use of a new feature on the Risa map: The Yellow Submarine. While a sailboat would simply travel to the edge of the map and transition, passengers who want to ride in style could board the submarine parked at the end of the pier.
Passengers who board the submarine enter a 'lounge' where social activities are ongoing, and can opt to stand by a port to view the scenery passing by as the sub travels. Taking a seat in the observation lounge allows a broad view from the clear nose of the sub, and perhaps you'll get a glimpse of the legendary Giant Octopus of Risa along with coral reefs and the variety of Risian fishes. Once you reach your destination, (a player in a hurry can simply board and disembark immediately if he wishes to skip the various activities on the sub,) you disembark at the New Island Event Zone.
NPC's hang out on the sub, including vendors of various Risian social and food items, and there is the obligatory Dabo table to keep passengers entertained. There would be a dance floor with a transparent floor so the dancers can see the underwater scenery pass by.
Ferengi Gambler: will bet latinum, (slips, strips, or bars,) on the next race. He bets against you, and your placement in the event determines your winnings. He will bet on power board races, sailboat races, or any of the various activities which have a finish line and a timer.
Captain Ahab: An old seaman tells tales of the Great Giant Octopus that roams the Risian seas, claiming the beast is smarter than the average human. He also gives tips on the best harpoon octopus fishermen should use, and tells of a 'secret spawning ground' where giant octopus are common.
Pearl Appraiser: She will look over the collection of pearls your character managed to harvest and offer EC, latinum, or Risian Lohunat tokens for them. She will also discuss where the more common Pearl Diving locations might be.
Tenzing: A native Risian whose sole love is mountain climbing, Tenzing will discuss how she made the record free climb up the face of Mount Joy, or slip you a few hints as to where the best gear for mountain climbing can be found or how to make a difficult ascent most efficiently.