I was reading Danielle Fear’s Cruise Miss blog recently, and came across some interesting facts about cruise ships I thought you might be interested in.
Did you know that cruise ship cabins are pre-manufactured on land and slotted into place and then connected to a ship’s power and water supply? A manufacturer can make 12,000 such cabins in a year.
Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas has its own ZIP code. It’s the first cruise shop to have one, though a Detroit River mail boat that delivers mail to passing freighters has one, too.
Karin Stahre Janson from Sweden became the first female captain of a cruise ship, the Monarch of the Seas, six years ago.
The Queen Mary 2 (pictured) is the only remaining ocean liner offering regular trans-Atlantic crossings between New York and Southampton in the UK.
The same guy founded both Carnival Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Lines. He was Ted Arison, father of Micky Arison who is chairman of the board of Carnival. An Israeli-born, American businessman, Micky spells his name “M-I-C-K-Y.” Carnival is the world’s largest cruise operator.
All the Vista-class ships of Holland-America are named after the four points of the compass. The ms Noordam means “north,” Oosterdam means “east,” Westerdam—well, you know what that means, and Zuiderdam means south.
Feel free to memorize a few of these factoids and win a bar bet or two.