Provided everything went off without a hitch, your last cruise experience was probably one filled with great fun and tremendous relaxation. As you were enjoying the finer things in life, though, there was a essentially a whole town’s worth of people working behind the scenes, doing everything from preparing the food to cleaning the pools.
As you might expect, the behind-the-scenes life of a cruise ship is much different than what the ordinary passenger sees while out on an excursion. For this reason, we thought it might be fun to take a look at 14 things you probably never knew about cruise ships. Even for the most experienced cruiser, we’re willing to bet there might be a few surprises on here!
1. Pirate Preparedness
It might seem silly in the 21st century, but cruise ship workers are trained to deal with pirates! (This comes in handy sometimes, too, as it did when a liner was attacked off the coast of Africa in 2005.)
2. Cameras Everywhere
Think you live in a culture of observation already? You’d be shocked to discover just how many cameras there are aboard a cruise ship. Virtually every inch of the vessel is covered.
3. Don’t Look for Romance
Got your eye on the cute bartender? Don’t expect a love connection, because cruise ships have strict rules about their workers canoodling with passengers.
4. The Morgue
You might not have ever thought about what would happen if someone dies on the ship. Well, now you know. They go to the cruise ship morgue. Seriously.