10 Cruise Ship Secrets Guests Didn’t Know
Cruise ships may be expensive but you can see a few different islands in a short amount of time, along with having a once-in-a-lifetime experience on board. You’re treated like royalty, are served amazing food, and hello! You’re at sea! Being on a cruise is usually an unforgettable experience for thousands of people, however, like any resort, there’s a ton of secrets the crew doesn’t tell passengers about unless they’re asked.
10 YOUR CRUISE SHIP PROBABLY HAS A MORGUE
It may be obvious, but it’s one of those things not many people think about. Accidents and emergencies happen as often at sea as they do on land. There’s a ton of older couples to like to relax on cruise ships and sometimes the unthinkable can occur.
Since a cruise ship is in the middle of the ocean, they can’t just take the body to the hospital. Instead, cruise ships have morgues to place a body until they can reach land and get help.
9 THERE’S MOST LIKELY JAIL CELLS DOWN BELOW
Just how there’s morgues below deck, there are also jail cells! Just because a person is on vacation doesn’t mean bad things can’t happen. Sometimes fights breakout or people become unruly with too much alcohol, and when that happens, the crew has no choice but to place them in a holding cell until they know what to do next. These cells may not be as dirty as the ones in jail, but when you’ve spent thousands of dollars to be on a cruise ship, who wants to be in a cell?!
8 THE AMOUNT OF FOOD A CRUISE SHIP’S KITCHEN PREPARES IS INSANE
Cruise ships aren’t just feeding the thousands of people every single day and night, but they’re also feeding their own staff. From breakfast, lunch, dinner, buffets, snacks, desserts, and late night eats — the kitchen staff’s main priority is to make sure people are fed and happy. After all, who doesn’t like to splurge on vacation?
According to a former cruise ship worker, the largest ship in the world goes through “3.5 tons of rice, 5.5 tons of flour, 31 tons of vegetables, 8 tons of chicken, and 15.8 tons of oil.”
7 THERE’S A SECRET TO DRINKING ALCOHOL WITHOUT CARRYING YOUR WALLET ON YOU
If you’ve never been on a cruise ship before, you probably didn’t know that alcohol doesn’t come along with your “all you can eat and drink” package. If a person wants an alcoholic beverage, they’re gonna have to pay extra for that, and as you can imagine, it gets pricey. Instead, there’s a ton of packages you can buy beforehand. Most cruise lines offer a flat-rate a day (ex: $50 a day for a week), so you can drink as much as you want without worrying about how much cash is in your wallet.
6 CRUISE SHIPS CAN JUST AS WELL CRASH INTO WHALES AS THEY CAN WITH SHIPS IN THE FOG
When people think of cruise ships, many think back to the Titanic, considering it’s the most popular cruise of all time. And what happened in that movie? The fog became so thick that the crew couldn’t see the icebergs ahead of them, which is what the ship crashed in to.
Even though our ships’ technology has gotten better, fog can still be a problem. There has even been cruise lines in the past who have crashed into a group of Humpback Whales or even a whale that passed away, belly-up.
5 MORE PEOPLE GO MISSING ON CRUISE SHIPS THAN YOU’D THINK
Cruise ships may be massive these days but it’s still a close quarters boat. Rooms are small and it can be hard to find privacy. Nevertheless, people still go missing. The Little Things reported that The Cruise Victims Association stated over 165 people have gone missing from cruise ships since the ’90s. When you think about where they could have possibly gone, that’s a terrifying thought.
4 FOOD POISONING IS WAY MORE COMMON THAN YOU THINK
Considering how many workers are staffed and how much food is produced day-in and day-out, food poisoning almost seems inevitable. And once food poisoning hits on person, it’s usually a Dynamo effect. It goes right down the line. Sooner or later, people on deck are vomiting, going to the bathroom, and cramping up so much they can’t do much of anything, which is a real shame considering they’re on a cruise line.
Back in 2014, food poisoning became apparent on the Crown Princess when over 170 people got sick.
3 THE POLLUTION CRUISE SHIPS CREATE IS OUTSTANDING
Considering cruise ship passengers spend thousands of dollars to be at sea, the last thing they want to think about is that they’re contributing to ocean pollution.
Since cruise ships are so big and are traveling great lengths, they emit a ton of pollutants — way more than the average car. To move one mile, The Little Things claims it takes over “100 gallons”!
2 ‘FLAGS OF CONVENIENCE’ LOOPHOLES
Depending on the cruise line and where they visit, most take advantage of the Flags of Convenience loophole. This means that cruise organizations can register their cruises in countries other than North America. Doing this can dramatically cut down costs by using cheap labor and not focusing on pollution control or accident prevention.
1 CRUISE SHIP WORKERS ARE PREPARED FOR PIRATE INVASIONS
As much of a joke as pirates seem in day-to-day life, they’re an actual problem that continues to happen in certain parts of the world. Since pirates have invaded cruise ships before, most cruise lines prepare all workers for these instances and are trained in how to prepare guests and what to do physically on the ship.
Written By – LAYNE GIBBONS, Source – The Travel.