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Scenic Eclipse made a quick stop in San Diego yesterday and we were invited aboard to take a tour of this incredible "Discovery Yacht". I was first introduced to Scenic at Cruise World in 2019 but never thought I'd actually have a chance to visit this incredible ship in person. At the time I was simply wowed by the visual beauty, features like having both a helicopter and submarine, as well as the technology features like being able to hold a position without an anchor due to it's industry leading technology. What I didn't quite "get" was that as any experienced cruiser knows ... the hard product is only one part of the equation.
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The world of small ship, ultra-luxury cruises continues to heat up as new brands enter and force older brands to continue competing with innovative designs, destination offerings, and of course service. Silversea has been known as one of the most seamless offerings out there with their door-to-door fares that can bundle everything from private executive transfers to the cruise, including all of your food and beverage, shore excursions, and butler service. With the launch of Silver Nova scheduled for delivery in 2023 they are taking the design to the next level by adding all-new outdoor spaces that include an outward-facing pool deck featuring an asymetrical design.
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Any time that a cruise ship has it's engines on the vessel is emitting enormous amounts of waste into the air. When in motion the emissions are far greater, but even idling for long periods of time generates waste. This is similar to how the engine on your car works, except that cruise ship engines are far far bigger and most cruise ships use a fuel that is far worse for the environment than what you put into your car. Luckily, there's a solution that is becoming more popular among both cruise terminals like San Diego and Seattle as well as destinations like Juneau. Shore power acts like a giant plug that connects to the ship and allows the captain to turn the ship's engines off while in port.
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In the past, most folks wanting to sail single were forced to either find a roomate or pay a "Single Supplement" fee often priced as high as a second cruise fare. In more recent ship builds we've thankfully started to see cruise lines offer some great options for solo travelers. We recently got a chance to tour a Single Stateroom on Holland America Line's latest ship, MS Rotterdam and we are very impressed.
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Cruise ships are designed to be as safe as possible, but it is still possible for them to sink. However, in order for this to happen there would need to be a number of different circumstances that come together at the same time. For example, if there was a major storm and the ship's captain didn't steer into it properly then they may have trouble staying afloat. In addition, if the boat has taken on too much water through holes or cracks in its hull then it will eventually capsize and sink. While this seems unlikely given how well these boats are constructed and maintained, there are some instances of cruise ships sinking throughout history that serve as evidence that it can happen!
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In English, we always refer to things by their gender. The terms ‘he’ or ‘she’ is mainly used when referring to human beings. Nevertheless, the term ‘she’ is also used when referring to vessels such as ships. The term has been used for many years. The main reason why people refer to a ship as ‘she’ is because men love it, and it is also unpredictable.
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Have you ever looked at a cruise ship pool and wondered why it is so small for a ship capable of carrying 3,000 or more people? Compare it to what you might find at a Las Vegas resort or event a hotel in San Francisco and it seems even more odd that the designers would make it so small. Regardless of size though, cruise ship pools tend to be one of the most attention drawing aspects of cruise ship design and we're starting to see some interesting development that make the pools more functional, more fun, and fancier ... even if they aren't getting any bigger. Let's take a look at why it is that way, and no ... it's not simply because cruise ship designers don't like swimming!
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Cruise ships are not designed to go fast. Unlike ocean liners that once sailed regularly between the UK and United States across the Atlantic, most cruise ships are designed to go relatively slow at a steady pace with passenger comfort and environmental efficiency the primary consideration. This is a key difference since it is rare that you will see a cruise ship travel at maximum speed and so there is the practical speed that you might experience as a cruise passenger and the maximum theoretical speed that you might see listed alongside other statistics about an individual cruise ship.