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Fun Facts about Cruises

  • The first ship built exclusively for cruising was the Prinzessin Victoria Luise of Germany, designed by Albert Ballin, general manager of Hamburg-America Line. The ship was completed in 1900 with its inaugural sailing on January 5, 1901.  She was in service until 1906.  Victoria Luise was designed to look more like a private yacht than any of her commercial counterparts. She had a trim hull 52.2 feet wide by 407.5 feet long.  Onboard, she also did not look like other commercial vessels of the time. She contained 120 cabins, all first class. All staterooms were luxuriously appointed.  There was also a library, a gymnasium, and a darkroom for the development of film by amateur photographers.

Prinzessin Victoria Luise

  • The largest ship in the world is Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas.  It weighs 225,282 gross tons and is 1,187 feet long.  The ship has a crew of 2,384 and can accommodate 6,318 guests.  It boasts seven neighborhoods, including a Central Park with plenty of trees; it also offers 25 different dining options, including the world’s first Starbucks at sea. When Allure of the Seas isn’t appeasing your appetite, the cruise ship tempts your adventurous spirit with two 43-foot-tall rock climbing walls and two surfing simulators, as well as a zip line that traverses nine decks.  Allure of the Seas is just 2 inches larger than her sister ship, Oasis of the Seas.


Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas

  • How would you like to have to polish 51,612 pieces of flatware and clean 96,396 pieces of glassware?  How about washing 13,200 bath towels and 23,000 bed sheets?  That is what is needed to accommodate passengers and crew on the Grand Princess.
  • The largest cruise company in the world is Carnival Corporation.  Carnival corporation global brands include Carnival Cruises (23 ships), Holland America (15 ships), Princess Cruises (18 ships), Costa Cruises (17 ships), Cunard (3 ships), Seabourn (5 ships), P & O Cruises (7 ships), P & O Australia (3 ships), Aida (10 ships) and Ibero Cruceros (2 ships) for a total of 103 ships!
  • Ever wonder how much you actually eat when you cruise?  In just one week the Carnival Splendor will serve:
    • 3,025 lbs. of prime rib
    • 6,480 lbs. of chicken
    • 3,200 steaks
    • 23,750 shrimp
    • 5,600 hot dogs
    • 7,350 hamburgers
    • 60,480 bacon slices
    • 3,250 bagels
    • 6,950 bananas
    • 3,850 apples
    • 17,250 tomatoes

I think it’s time for me to go book a cruise (and eat something)!  Remember that Special Needs Group / Special Needs at Sea is here to help you with your special needs rentals including motorized scooters, wheelchairs and much more.

August 28, 2014

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