Ah, vacation. While everyone was blistering in one of the hottest summers on record, yours truly was enjoying a balmy 70 degrees on an Alaskan cruise. Most people go on cruises because all their logistics are taken care of, like sleeping, eating, and entertainment. Don’t get me wrong, I slept well, ate well, was completely entertained, and saw some spectacular sights! However, I don’t go on cruises for all of that.
I go for the ship.
Like any good engineer, the moment I set foot on board, I immediately began to poke my nose into every nook and cranny of this floating city. I would have had a wonderful conversation with the ships engineer, except I didn’t speak Swedish. (If someone tells you math is the international language they obviously never tried to communicate using integrals) But if we had, here’s some amazing facts about the megalithic constructions:
- Modern cruise ships cost close to half a billion dollars to build
- It requires over 4000 gallons of paint to coat the interior and exterior
- The average crew size is well over 1000 (add to this another 3000 passengers that it has to hold… in comfort)
- A cruise ship will go through 12,000 lbs of beef, 2,500 lbs of butter, 30,000 lbs of fruit, 1,000 lbs of lobster, 12,000 of chicken, and 34,000 lbs of vegetables IN A SINGLE WEEK!
- Modern ships weigh in around 140,000 tons and stand 217 feet high
- The ship’s propellers can pivot allowing them to move in nearly any direction
And, yes, there are hangers large enough for them to be built indoors. (That is a post in it’s own right!) These hangers are so big they have their own weather systems. No really!
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