Hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions, embark on cruising vacations each and every year. It’s easily, of course, one of the most preferred ways to spend ones vacation time and money.
Yet, as ubiquitous as cruise ship and cruise goers are, there are still some things about the industry that people don’t know. It makes sense when you think about it, because cruise ships are basically floating cities all to themselves. There are a lot of moving parts!
Given all this, we thought it would be fun to peer behind the curtain a little bit… So, come check out 10 weird things about cruising that many don’t know. We bet you’re going to be surprised by a few of these!
1. Water Desalination
The largest cruise ships aren’t able to carry enough fresh water in their tanks to remain fully stocked for an entire cruise… So, they desalinate seawater.
2. Camouflage Is a No-No
You may wish to leave the camo clothing at home if you’re traveling to many Caribbean destinations, as many of these places have laws against wearing camo clothing in public.
3. Piracy Is Real
Even in the 21st century, there are still pirates out there… And so the crews aboard cruise ships are trained up regarding dealing with acts of piracy on the high seas!
4. Far Traveling Food
Regulations regarding food on cruise ships necessitates that most food be sent to the ship from the line’s headquarters. This means that prime rib you’re tucking into has traveled a long, long way.
5. Shore Time and Ship Time
For the most part, the cruise ship will sync up with whatever time zone you’re in… But, this isn’t always the case, so make sure you’re always up to speed on what the ship time is if you’re heading into port.
6. Retiring Aboard
Believe it or not, there are some people who choose to retire onto a cruise ship. It’s pricey, but the amenities are hard to argue with.
7. I See Dead People
Cruise ships, in many ways, are like floating cities… And like any city, there’s a morgue for those who die while on the ship.
8. That Flying Flag
The next time you’re cruising, take a look at what country’s flag the ship is flying. Often, cruise ships will register their ships in certain countries in order to skirt around certain regulations and labor laws…
9. Stranded Ships
Mechanical failures can sometimes lead to ships becoming stranded at sea. In fact, this happened to the Carnival Triumph only a few short years ago…
10. Smile for the Camera
Worried about the culture of observation? Well, cruising might not be for you then, because there’s virtually no corner of a cruise ship that isn’t being watched on closed-circuit television.