Thinking of taking a cruise ship vacation? You’re not the only one. After all cruises are becoming more and more popular with every passing day. Thanks in part to the fact that you can find pretty good vacation deals and also because more and more of the world is becoming middle class and can therefore afford vacations. But cruises aren’t the only thing growing. Cruise ships themselves are getting bigger and bigger. In fact, in the near future, some ship builders are even planning to build a replica of the Titanic (which pales in size when compared to some of our modern ships)! Can you imagine cruising on the Titanic! These are but a couple of things to consider before taking your next cruise ship vacation.
Of course, cruises aren’t always all fun and games. Sometimes bad things happen. For example, if you are out at sea and you either suffer some form of trauma or someone has a stroke, how is that situation taken care of? There is usually a doctor on board but the number of supplies he/she has are limited. Quite often the ship doesn’t even have any extra blood that it could give someone in case of an emergency. In fact, many ships have all of their crew blood typed so that they can ask them to donate if the need every arose. Crazy huh? So if you’re thinking on taking a cruise ship vacation, pause for a moment and look at these 25 crazy things about cruise ships to consider before your next vacation!
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Many cruise ships don't have a 13th deck
An average of about 200 passengers die on cruise ships annually
Following Hurricane Katrina, Tulane University in New Orleans housed students in a cruise ship for the duration of the semester
A 2004 study by Northwestern University found that spending your retirement on a cruise ship could be cheaper and more beneficial than living in a retirement home
Salvador Dali would travel with his pet ocelot, which is a wild cat. Once he even brought it aboard a cruise ship!
Oasis of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship, passed under the Great Belt Fixed Link (a bridge in Denmark) with only 20 inches to spare. The captain of the Oasis of the Seas even had to speed up in order to lower the ship down into the water to make passage possible. This is called the "squat effect"
Half of all cruise line passengers begin their journeys in Florida (mostly in Miami)
The Oasis of the Seas uses around 2400 gallons of fuel every single hour
In Florida, Disney cruise ships share the same port with ballistic missile submarines
In emergencies, cruise ships don't have any extra blood stored away. Instead, they rely on other passengers or crew
If they are more than 3 miles away from shore, the ships are allowed to dump their sewage into the ocean
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