An alternative might be a modular ship, which lands all of its modules ("caravans") on the planet it's visiting, and unpacks the circus dome there.
A good idea, but unfortunately not for my Varun setting, because as a
water world it does not have much space for the ship to land.
No animals? I demand a menagerie*
You demand it, and you get it, although I have only 100 dtons left for
a pet zoo. But the idea is too good to ignore, the people (and especial-
ly the children) of a water world would surely love to see and touch some
other animals than fish.
While we are at it perhaps it is also the licenced carrier of new movies and computer games? It distributes new media as another revenue stream.
Perhaps it also carries a theatre troup and an orchestra for performances on the survace itself?
Another good idea, thank you - and it could even sell some of the pets.
The ship's performers could of course visit the planet for some performances,
and the colony council would doubtless pay them to send a clown to a chil-
drens' hospital and thelike.
So what I have now looks like this:
A former bulk freighter with a 2,000 dton hull, a hyperdrive with a performan-
ce of 2 parsec per day and a maneuver drive with a performance of 2 G, a
fusion reactor with fuel for 6 months, fuel scoops and fuel processors. A bridge
with a computer Model 2 and standard sensors.
The Circus Deck with a height of 9 meters at the centre, a circus ring with a
diameter of 15 meters (seems to be the standard size), seats for 500 guests,
stage electronics (lights, sound, holoprojector ...) and so on, with a total of
800 dtons, plus the pet zoo with its 100 dtons.
The accomodations of the crew of 80, 20 single cabins and 30 double cabins,
Office, Library, Briefing Room, Galley (the guests are expected to spend some
money on snacks and drinks), Gymnasium/Fitness Room, Sickbay and Workshop.
Docking Clamps for 2 shuttles of 95 dtons each, plus the shuttles themselves.
A cargo hold of 200 dtons.
Provided the circus bought an old freighter at half price and rebuilt it into the
circus ship, the entire costs would be about 405 million Credits.
The monthly costs to operate the ship would be about 430,000 Credits, inclu-
ding an average monthly income of 3,000 Credits for each of the 80 members
of the team.
With only 7 performances per month and 500 guests each time a ticket price
of 125 Credits would cover the costs, but of course there will be more perfor-
mances, and also the income from selling snacks and drinks, from selling enter-
tainment media and perhaps some pets, from the trivee rights, and so on -
I think that the business plan could work.