We all enjoy learning something new about cruise ships so I thought I would use today’s blog to share with you a selection of fun cruise ship facts. I am sure many of you will already be familiar with these pieces of information, but I like to include everyone so this is for you that don’t already know.
Cruise ship cabins are pre-manufactured on land before simply being “slotted” into place and connect to the ships power supply. On average a cabin manufacturer can assemble more than 12,000 cabins per year.
P&O Cruises Arcadia was originally ordered by Holland America Line in 2000 as the line’s fifth Vista-class ship. In 2003 she was allocated to Cunard Line with plans to make her Queen Victoria but was then assigned to the P&O Cruises fleet and became officially known as Arcadia.
The letter “X” on Celebrity Cruises ships funnels is the Greek letter ‘Chi’ and stands for Chandris, the group who founded Celebrity Cruises in 1988.
The longest cruise ship in the world is Allure of the Seas but only by 50 millimetres.
All of the ships in the Holland America Lines, Vista-class are named after compass points. MS Noordam (north), MS Oosterdam (east), MS Westerdam (west) and MS Zuiderdam (south).
Fred Olsen’s Balmoral was built in 1988 for Royal Cruise Line and sailed as Crown Odyssey. She also sailed for Norwegian Cruise Line as Norwegian Crown, Orient Lines as Crown Odyssey and in 2007 was lengthened by 98 feet before entering service as Balmoral.
P&O Cruises, MV Oriana holds the Golden Cockerel for fastest ship in the P&O Cruises fleet. Until she was registered in Bermuda in 2006 (to allow weddings to take place on board) she held the same call sign as SS Oriana which was GVSN.
The first female captain for a major cruise line was Karin Stahre Janson from Sweden. Captain on board Monarch of the Seas.
MSC Preziosa originally began being constructed in 2010 under the name Phoenicia and was being built for Hannibal Gaddafi. When war broke out in Libya in 2011, STX cancelled the contract and MSC Cruises stepped in with a figure of 550 million euros and purchased the hull. She was then re-named MSC Preziosa. She entered service in March of this year.