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Anatomy Of A Cruise Ship

Sergey Dolya • 6 minutes read • October 10th, 2016
Have you ever been on a cruise? Today you'll have a virtual tour around the ship. You will see it from the inside, will live passengers' life, and will take part in many contests, competitions, and other entertainment...

When boarding a

cruise ship

, you have to demonstrate visas for all the countries the ship will call, you will be photographed and given a plastic card with a bar code. It will be your key, passport, and credit card. Every time you leave the ship, the ship's security staff will read out the barcode and check your face with a copy on the computer. Thus, they will know how many people left the ship in the port and how many of them returned.
You can not cash on the ship. You can pay only with your card. It is possible to pay with its help for everything from a haircut in the salon to tours in the nearest port.
All the food on the ship is free, and the majority of drinks, on the contrary, are paid. You can pay for them with the same card. Only juice for breakfast, ice water during the meal, and tea-coffee in the self-service restaurant at the top are free.
You don't have to tip. The cruise line every day automatically withdraws a small amount of money from your account (usually $ 10 per day per person) and divides it at the end of the month among employees in proportion of 70 to 30. The greater part goes to waiters and cleaners, the rest - to those who are "behind-the-scenes".

Before departure, all passengers have to take part in drills and practice to put on life jackets and get in them on the correct deck. For people not to miss it, a song from Titanic by Celine Dion was hearing from the ship's radio during our training - it's very creative:
In every


, you will be accompanied by the pilot, who then will jump on a boat and return home:
There are residential and promenade decks on the ship. Let's start with the residential ones. The lower the cabin is, the cheaper it costs. On the lower decks, there are cabins with a window and without it. Inside cabins are cheaper. On the upper decks, cabins are larger and have a balcony. But there is the other side of the coin. The higher the cabin is, the heavier the rocking is. So in this time, knowing that the Drake Passage and "warm" Cape Horn are waiting for us, we chose the cabin on the lower deck:
And cabins of the upper decks usually look like this (I took pictures from the previous cruise):
Hallways on residential decks stretch across the entire liner:
8anatomy-of-a-cruise-ship.jpgAt the bow, at the stern, and in the middle of the ship, there are groups of lifts that bring you to public decks:
For you not to forget what day of the week it is now, careful crew will change such carpets in the lift every day:
On the third floor, there is the open deck stretching around the perimeter of the vessel. It's the loop one, and here you can walk, when the ship is at sea. The length of the entire circle is slightly less than 600 meters:
Here are some of the interiors of lower promenade decks:
This is the library:
Here's the main restaurant:
This is the entrance to the concert hall:
And here's the concert hall itself:
This is the cinema:
A couple of upper decks are also the promenade ones. One of the pools was equipped with a sliding roof, so that you can swim there even during bad weather and bitter cold (such as in Antarctica):
At the stern, there is the second outdoor swimming pool:
When the wind is strong, this is the best place to observe the sea not through the window:
Here's the second restaurant with the self service:
And there is the spa and gym on the same deck. If you do not like to walk along the lower circle, you can run here and be a lookout man:
If you do not like sports, you can be the lookout on the dance floor above:
And there's the upper promenade deck:
Room with video games is hidden at the stern:
If you travel with children, you can take them in a children's club with a professional child-minder:
Author: Sergey Dolya
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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