25 Crazy Things About Cruise Ships To Consider Before Your Next Vacation

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

Many cruise ships don't have a 13th deckSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
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An average of about 200 passengers die on cruise ships annually

An average of about 200 passengers die on cruise ships annuallySource: travelreadymd.com, Image: pixabay
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Following Hurricane Katrina, Tulane University in New Orleans housed students in a cruise ship for the duration of the semester

Following Hurricane Katrina, Tulane University in New Orleans housed students in a cruise ship for the duration of the semesterSource: tulane.edu, Image: wikipedia
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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

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 homeSource: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, Image: wikipedia
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Salvador Dali would travel with his pet ocelot, which is a wild cat. Once he even brought it aboard a cruise ship!

Salvador Dali would travel with his pet ocelot, which is a wild cat. Once he even brought it aboard a cruise ship!Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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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"

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 spareSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Half of all cruise line passengers begin their journeys in Florida (mostly in Miami)

Half of all cruise line passengers begin their journeys in Florida (mostly in Miami)Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The Oasis of the Seas uses around 2400 gallons of fuel every single hour

The Oasis of the Seas uses around 2400 gallons of fuel every single hourSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In Florida, Disney cruise ships share the same port with ballistic missile submarines

In Florida, Disney cruise ships share the same port with ballistic missile submarinesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In emergencies, cruise ships don't have any extra blood stored away. Instead, they rely on other passengers or crew

In emergencies, cruise ships don't have any extra blood stored away. Instead, they rely on other passengersSource: juniordr.com, Image: torange.us
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If they are more than 3 miles away from shore, the ships are allowed to dump their sewage into the ocean

If they are more than 3 miles away from shore, the ships are allowed to dump their sewage into the oceanSource: wikipedia, Image: Steven Guerrisi via Flickr

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A billionaire from Australia has funded a new Titanic. It will leave port from England in 2016.

A billionaire from Australia has funded a new Titanic. It will leave port from England in 2016.Source: huliq.com, Image: wikipedia
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The Lyubov Orlova is an abandoned Russian cruise ship that is drifting towards Europe in the Atlantic Ocean. Nobody, however, wants to claim it.

The Lyubov Orlova is an abandoned Russian cruise ship that is drifting towards Europe in the Atlantic Ocean. Nobody, however, wants to claim it.Source: businessinsider, Image: wikipedia
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The first ever cruise ship built in the country of Finland (MV Freewinds), is now owned by the Church of Scientology

The first ever cruise ship built in the country of Finland (MV Freewinds), is now owned by the Church of ScientologySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Disney once built a $30 million resort in the Bahamas but had to abandon it because their cruise ships couldn't dock close enough to land. It was poor planning on Disney's part.

Disney once built a $30 million resort in the Bahamas but had to abandon it because their cruise ships couldn't dock close enough to land. It was poor planning on Disney's part.Source: i-mockery.com, Image: wikipedia
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Since 2000, nearly 200 people have disappeared from cruise ships. The cruise industry is usually not very cooperative with investigations, however, because they are not restricted by as many laws as other industries.

Since 2000, nearly 200 people have disappeared from cruise ships. The cruise industry is usually not very cooperative with investigations, however, because they are not restricted by as many laws as other industries.Source: guardian.com, Image: pixabay
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The World is the name of an actual cruise ship that people permanently live on

The World is the name of an actual cruise ship that people permanently live onSource: aboardtheworld.com, Image: wikipedia
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On older cruise liners, the fourth chimney was usually just used for show to give off an air of prestige (like on the Titanic)

On older cruise liners, the fourth chimney was usually just used for show to give of an air of prestigeSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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On average, a cruise ship will have employees of about 64 different nationalities.

On average, a cruise ship will have employees of about 64 different nationalities.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The Oasis of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, has enough electrical wires to stretch all the way across North America

The Oasis of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, has enough electrical wires to stretch all the way across North AmericaSource: cruiseabout.com.au, Image: pdpics.com
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The World Discoverer is an abandoned and beach wrecked cruise ship hidden in a remote bay on the Solomon Islands

The World Discoverer is an abandoned and beach wrecked cruise ship hidden in a remote bay on the Solomon IslandsSource: sometimes-interesting.com, Image: wikipedia
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In 1991, when the Oceanos sank off of South Africa's eastern coast, the crew abandoned ship and guitarist Moss Hills led the rescue effort

In 1991, when the Oceanos sank off of South Africa's eastern coast, the crew abandoned ship and guitarist Moss Hills led the rescue effortSource: oceanossinking.com, Image: wikipedia
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Cruise ships usually have a morgue with enough room for 1 to 3 bodies

Cruise ships usually have a morgue with enough room for 1 to 3 bodiesSource: columbia.edu, Image: wikipedia
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Cruise ships operating in the Indian Ocean are equipped with high pressure hoses and powerful sound cannons to deter pirates

Cruise ships operating in the Indian Ocean are equipped with high pressure hoses and powerful sound cannons to deter piratesSource: bbc, Image: wikipedia
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Many ships fly "flags of convenience". This means that they register in whatever country has the most lax and favorable laws. This is also why they are less regulated than most other industries (as we mentioned earlier)

Many ships fly "flags of convenience". This means that they register in whatever country has the most lax and favorable laws. This is also why they are less regulated than most other industries (as we mentioned earlier)Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia


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