16 Fun Facts About Cruising You Haven't Heard Yet

October 3, 2016

We know that all you savvy cruisers love a good cruise ship fact, so we’ve decided to put together a list of the best facts we’ve ever heard in the cruise industry! We’ve racked our brains and have covered everything from the first female captain, to a ghost ship that hasn’t been seen since 2013…

These facts are guaranteed to make you sound super smart over dinner on your next voyage, so read on to learn all about the secrets of your favourite cruise line and satisfy your curiosity!



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Ever wondered what that big X on Celebrity ship funnels means? Well, it’s the Greek letter chi and it stands for Chandris, the group who founded Celebrity in 1988.

Fun Facts celebrity cruise ship x

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Karin Stahre-Janson from Sweden was the first female captain for a large line. She became Royal Caribbean’s Monarch of the Seas captain in 2007. You go girl!

Karin Stahre-Janson first female captain for royal caribbean

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Nearly half of the top 30 biggest cruise ships in the world are owned by Royal Caribbean, with their biggest ship being Harmony of the Seas weighing a massive 226,963 gt!

Fun facts Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas largest cruise ship

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MV Lyubov Orlova was built in 1976 and sailed for a good 30 years before retiring in 2010. She was then sold for parts in 2012, but on her way the transporters cut her loose! She was last seen on Feburary 23rd 2013, 1,300 miles off Iceland’s West Coast. Where did she go? Did she sink? Or is she still out there? No one knows!

Iceland's coast

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In 1840 Cunard’s Britannia played home to a very special guest, a dairy cow! She was brought along to provide fresh milk and was slung in a hammock across the deck. We can’t imagine that’d go down too well on today’s voyages with 68,000 pints being consumed on average for a 14-day trip.

Fun fact Cunard had a cow on board 1840 Britannia

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Did you know that almost all lines have morgues with space for up to 3 people on board? However, don’t stress just yet, most passengers who die on cruises have passed on from natural causes. Whilst it’s very rare and very sad, it’s good that ships are equipped to deal with this possibility.

fun fact morgues on board cruise ships

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Retiring on a cruise ship could actually be cheaper than staying in a high end retirement home, there’s even been various studies that confirm this! We can imagine the quality of life would be significantly better as well, with the ocean views and seeing new countries all the time… Sounds ideal doesn’t it?

fun fact cheaper to retire on cruise ship

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There’s actually an abandoned cruise ship wreck in the Solomon Islands! If you want to see the ship for yourself type in Roderick Bay, Solomon Islands into google maps and you can view the remains of the MS World Discoverer! It’s now a tourist attraction and boy, is it creepy…

MS World Discoverer shipwreck in Solomon Islands

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It may surprise you to know that a lot of ships don’t have a deck 13 due to superstition, as sailors believe the number to be bad luck. So if you’re ever in a cruise ship elevator and the floors jump from 12 to 14, you’ll know why!

fun fact no number 13 deck on most ships

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On board Princess Cruises Royal Princess ship, a staggering 250,000 eggs are used each week! Sounds a bit eggstreme doesn’t it?! (Sorry, we couldn’t resist!)

eggs with funny faces

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A multi-millionaire from Australia is currently building a replica of the Titanic, called the Titanic 2. It’s due to launch in 2018 and is promised to be the exact replica of the original ship (bar a few feet on the length). Would you like to sail on her?

fun fact replica of titanic in construction

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Disney have really thought of everything with their cruise line, right down to the sound of the horn. Whenever the horn is signalled the first seven notes of a Disney song such as Pinocchio’s ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ is played. Now that’s Disney magic!

Disney Wonder cruise ship Mickey Mouse

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The second most expensive cruise in the world was by Silversea in 2013, on board their Silver Whisper ship. Named the Million Pound Cruise, the world voyage took part over 4 months and visited 28 different countries. On average it cost a million pounds per couple and features included: collection from your home by a helicopter, caviar and loads more fancy extras!

the million pound cruise with Silversea

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You’ve all heard of the breath-taking carousel on board Royal Caribbean ship, Oasis of the Seas. But did you know that it took 6 weeks just to carve the wooden animals on the carousel? Phew, now that sounds like hard work!

Fun fact Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Carousel

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When Carnival first launched in 1972 they only had a second hand ship and just enough fuel to get from Miami to San Juan. They’re now one of the biggest cruise lines in the world. Talk about a transformation!

fun fact Carnival cruise line largest company

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The largest and most expensive art collection at sea is found on P&O’s Britannia ship. Featuring an incredible 8,000 pieces and worth around £1 million. You’ll be sailing with some of the most amazing art work you’ve ever encountered!

fun fact art collection on p&o britannia

So there’s our 16 fun facts about cruising you might not have heard of! Had you heard any of the facts before? Do you know any fun facts about cruising? We’d love for you to share them with us, let us know in the comments!