Enjoy learning something new about cruise ships with guest columnist Danielle Fear

by Kevin Griffin

This week, as Kevin Griffin is away working on a cruise ship project, he has invited guest columnist Danielle Fear to make a contribution. Here are some Cruise Ship Fun Facts that Danielle recently ran in her own blog at Cruise Miss. We hope our regular readers will enjoy.

Cruise Ship Fun Facts

(Danielle Fear – Cruise Miss Cruise Blog)

“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 connected to the ship’s 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 that line’s fifth “Vista” class ship. In 2003 she was allocated to Cunard Line, with plans to complete her as the Queen Victoria but she was then assigned to P&O Cruises and today serves as their third Arcadia.

Celebrity Century

* 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.

* Royal Caribbean International’s Voyager of the Seas is the first cruise ship ever to have its own zip code 33132-2028. Previous to this, the zip code 48222 had been assigned to the Detroit River mail boat that spends its days carrying mail to passing freighters.

* The largest cruise ship in the world is the 225,282-ton Allure of the Seas, but only by 50 millimetres over her sister ship Oasis of the Seas (same tonnage).

* 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 previous ss Oriana which was GVSN.

* The first female captain for a major cruise line was Karin Stahre Janson from Sweden, appointed captain of the Monarch of the Seas (now Pullmantur Cruises’ Monarch) in 2007.

* MSC Preziosa originally commenced construction in 2010 under the name Phoenicia and was being built for a company controlled by 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 to purchase the hull. She was then renamed MSC Preziosa when she entered service in March of this year.

MS Homeric – Home Lines

* Thomson Cruises’ Thomson Dream started life in 1986 as MS Homeric for Home Lines. She was then sold to Holland America Line in 1988, renamed MS Westerdam and was lengthened by 121 feet. Next, she moved to Costa Cruises and was renamed Costa Europa. She currently sails with Thomson Cruises on a ten-year charter from Costa.

* TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 1 was originally Celebrity Galaxy and Mein Schiff 2 was Celebrity Mercury. Mein Schiff simply means “My Ship.”

* Costa Serena, Costa Cruises’ flagship and sister ship to the Costa Concordia, featured in a National Geographic Channel 6 part series in 2009 called “Cruise Ship Diaries” It was quite good too just for any of you that didn’t see it, you might be able to find re-runs at some point.

* Hapag-Lloyd’s ms Europa was named “Best Cruise Ship in the World” for 12 consecutive years by World-Ranking in the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships.

* The first-ever cruise ship to sail for Carnival Cruise Lines back in 1972 was named Mardi Gras. She had first entered service in 1961 as RMS Empress of Canada. She was also, I am proud to say, built by Vickers-Armstrong in the very city in which I live! Newcastle Upon-Tyne. The inaugural sailing of Mardi Gras wasn’t too much fun as she ran aground on a sandbar just outside the Port of Miami.

* RMS Queen Mary 2 is the only ocean liner in the world still in active service and the only vessel to offer regular transatlantic sailings between Southampton and New York.

* Norwegian Sky was originally ordered by Costa Cruises as Costa Olympia. Her near sister ship was completed as Norwegian Sun.

Seabourn Pride in Malaga

* Seabourn Pride was the first vessel to enter service for Seabourn Cruise Line back in 1988.

* For something non ship-related did you know that Ted Arison actually founded both Carnival Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Line? Ted was the father of Micky Arison who today is Chairman of the Board for CCL. Ted founded Norwegian Caribbean Line (now known as Norwegian Cruise Line) back in 1966 with Knut Kloster, but in 1972 branched out and began building the empire that is now Carnival Cruise Lines.

(Kevin Griffin is managing director of specialist cruise agency The Cruise People Ltd in London, England. For further information concerning cruises mentioned in this article readers can visit his blog)

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