5 UNUSUAL Things That Make Cruise Vacations Different From Others

Is cruising really that different than other types of vacations? Absolutely!

I’m going to share with you five things that happen only on cruise ships.  Cruises are really different from theme parks, land vacations, and resorts.

Here are five things that happen only on cruise ships.

1. All cruise ships have Godmothers

So, the first thing that happens only on cruise ships and is I think very unique, is that all cruise ships have godmothers and, in some cases, godfathers. Yes, all cruise ships are actually christened and there’s a blessing that’s bestowed upon them. This is really a tradition that goes back many, many years and there are some pretty famous god matters for many cruise ships.

So, some of the famous godmothers have been celebrities, others have been royalty, others have been Nobel prize laureates, and even cartoon characters. Now, just a little bit of trivia, I’m going to name just a few of the famous godmothers. So, Sophia Loren is the godmother for all of the MSC ships. Yes, the entire MSC fleet!

There’s hardly anyone more famous than Oprah Winfrey and she is the godmother for Holland America’s Nieuw Statendam. Princess Cruises has a royal godmother. The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton is the godmother of the Royal Princess. And maybe, my favourite godparents of all, the entire Love Boat cast are the godparents of the Regal Princess.

The Celebrity Edge’s godmother is Malala Yousafzai who is a Nobel Prize laureate. American rapper Armando Christian Pérez, aka Pitbull is the godfather to the Norwegian Escape and I told you there was a cartoon character. There’s actually more than one but Tinkerbell is the godmother to the Disney Wonder.

2. Cruise ships are actually built, even today, with superstition in mind

Now what I mean by this is something you’ll notice, most cruise ships do not have a Deck 13. So yes, you will be in the elevator and you will notice that it will be like Deck 11, Deck 12, Deck 14 but there is no 13. Even when you’re choosing a cabin, you’ll notice that there’s no Deck 13.

Except for MSC ships as they do have a Deck 13. But guess what, they don’t have a Deck 17. Apparently, the superstition in Italy is that 17 is an unlucky number, so MSC ships are built without a Deck 17.

3. Cruise ships really do run like a small city

Cruise ships have a ton of services on board. It really is pretty amazing. So, something that you’ll find in a cruise ship is they actually have their own water filtration plant. They have to make all of their drinkable, all of their potable water right on board.

Something else they have is a medical center with a doctor and a nurse on board. Now, funny enough they don’t have a dentist. I’m really not sure why they don’t have one.

What they do also have on board is if anybody gets really too unruly, if there’s a problem, there is a jail or a brig. Also, there is a morgue. I know, it’s unfortunate, but sometimes people do pass away on a cruise ship and they need to deal with that. So, they do have a small morgue on board as well.

4. Cruise Lingo

I’m personally really fascinated with this one. There’s an entire language of cruisers and of crew, of course. But even amongst passengers, there’s an entire cruise lingo. This is something so different and so unique to cruising. So everything, from when you’re on a ship, of course you don’t have floors, on a ship you have decks, you don’t have rooms like hotel rooms, you have cabins or staterooms.

When you’re looking at your cabin location, you’re wondering is it port or starboard, is it aft or forward. Typically, when we speak of the person who’s going to be cleaning your cabin, we call them a cabin steward and not housekeeping.

Now beyond this, there are acronyms that cruisers use all the time. MDR means main dining room or OBC for onboard credit. So, there’s just so much cruise lingo that if you’re new to cruising, this could be very confusing.

5. Crew members also have their secret code

They use this to communicate with each other on the ship. Some of them we hope we do not hear unless they’re for a drill. And that does happen very often. They’re always doing these drills. Examples of these are Bravo which means there is a fire. Oscar means man overboard. Kilo means that all crew members have to report to their emergency posts in case of an evacuation and 30-30 means that the crew needs some help from maintenance for a cleanup.

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    5 UNUSUAL Things That Make Cruise Vacations Different From Others

    Is cruising really that different than other types of vacations? Absolutely!

    I’m going to share with you five things that happen only on cruise ships.  Cruises are really different from theme parks, land vacations, and resorts.

    Here are five things that happen only on cruise ships.

    1. All cruise ships have Godmothers

    So, the first thing that happens only on cruise ships and is I think very unique, is that all cruise ships have godmothers and, in some cases, godfathers. Yes, all cruise ships are actually christened and there’s a blessing that’s bestowed upon them. This is really a tradition that goes back many, many years and there are some pretty famous god matters for many cruise ships.

    So, some of the famous godmothers have been celebrities, others have been royalty, others have been Nobel prize laureates, and even cartoon characters. Now, just a little bit of trivia, I’m going to name just a few of the famous godmothers. So, Sophia Loren is the godmother for all of the MSC ships. Yes, the entire MSC fleet!

    There’s hardly anyone more famous than Oprah Winfrey and she is the godmother for Holland America’s Nieuw Statendam. Princess Cruises has a royal godmother. The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton is the godmother of the Royal Princess. And maybe, my favourite godparents of all, the entire Love Boat cast are the godparents of the Regal Princess.

    The Celebrity Edge’s godmother is Malala Yousafzai who is a Nobel Prize laureate. American rapper Armando Christian Pérez, aka Pitbull is the godfather to the Norwegian Escape and I told you there was a cartoon character. There’s actually more than one but Tinkerbell is the godmother to the Disney Wonder.

    2. Cruise ships are actually built, even today, with superstition in mind

    Now what I mean by this is something you’ll notice, most cruise ships do not have a Deck 13. So yes, you will be in the elevator and you will notice that it will be like Deck 11, Deck 12, Deck 14 but there is no 13. Even when you’re choosing a cabin, you’ll notice that there’s no Deck 13.

    Except for MSC ships as they do have a Deck 13. But guess what, they don’t have a Deck 17. Apparently, the superstition in Italy is that 17 is an unlucky number, so MSC ships are built without a Deck 17.

    3. Cruise ships really do run like a small city

    Cruise ships have a ton of services on board. It really is pretty amazing. So, something that you’ll find in a cruise ship is they actually have their own water filtration plant. They have to make all of their drinkable, all of their potable water right on board.

    Something else they have is a medical center with a doctor and a nurse on board. Now, funny enough they don’t have a dentist. I’m really not sure why they don’t have one.

    What they do also have on board is if anybody gets really too unruly, if there’s a problem, there is a jail or a brig. Also, there is a morgue. I know, it’s unfortunate, but sometimes people do pass away on a cruise ship and they need to deal with that. So, they do have a small morgue on board as well.

    4. Cruise Lingo

    I’m personally really fascinated with this one. There’s an entire language of cruisers and of crew, of course. But even amongst passengers, there’s an entire cruise lingo. This is something so different and so unique to cruising. So everything, from when you’re on a ship, of course you don’t have floors, on a ship you have decks, you don’t have rooms like hotel rooms, you have cabins or staterooms.

    When you’re looking at your cabin location, you’re wondering is it port or starboard, is it aft or forward. Typically, when we speak of the person who’s going to be cleaning your cabin, we call them a cabin steward and not housekeeping.

    Now beyond this, there are acronyms that cruisers use all the time. MDR means main dining room or OBC for onboard credit. So, there’s just so much cruise lingo that if you’re new to cruising, this could be very confusing.

    5. Crew members also have their secret code

    They use this to communicate with each other on the ship. Some of them we hope we do not hear unless they’re for a drill. And that does happen very often. They’re always doing these drills. Examples of these are Bravo which means there is a fire. Oscar means man overboard. Kilo means that all crew members have to report to their emergency posts in case of an evacuation and 30-30 means that the crew needs some help from maintenance for a cleanup.

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