10 facts about cruising you’ll want to tell the person sitting next to you

From the number of eggs eaten each week to the first steam-powered Atlantic crossing, we’re sure these brilliant facts will come up in a pub quiz at some point!

  1. Remember the tune to “When You Wish Upon a Star” from that Disney classic, Pinocchio? Hum the first seven notes (go on, we know you know it!) You’ve just made the sounds of the Disney Cruise Line ships’ horn signals!
  1. What do you get when you cross a private yacht with 165 luxury holiday homes? “The World”. Launched in 2002, the largest private residential ship in the world measures 644 feet and has 165 luxury homes on-board. The ship continuously circumnavigates the globe, exploring exotic destinations chosen by the residents.
  1. 2016 sees the building of a new Titanic cruise ship. Funded by an Australian billionaire, the ship is expected to set sail from England later this year.
  1. The difference between the largest cruise ship in the world and the second longest? Two inches.
  1. Oasis of the Seas (the largest cruise ship in the world) uses enough electrical wiring to stretch across America, coast to coast.
  1. Unlucky number 13? Or is it lucky number 13? Superstitious or not, many cruise ships don’t have a deck number 13.
  1. Lots of passengers means lots of luggage, but where to store those extra bags? The chimney! If you’ve spotted four funnels (chimneys) on vintage luxury cruise liners, it’s likely that the fourth funnel was actually used for storage. The fake funnel was added for aesthetics, as a way to make the cruise liner seem more prestigious and powerful.
  1. Look up! The latest supersize cruise ships are the height of a 16-storey building. And they carry around 6, 000 passengers and crew.
  1. 20, 000 pounds of beef. 12,000 pounds of chicken. 28,000 eggs. On average, 105,000 meals are prepared every single week on board a cruise ship.
  1. Three things to remember for that quiz: 1819; S.S. Savannah; 29 days. The first steam-powered Atlantic crossing from a U.S. port was S.S. Savannah in 1819. The Savannah took 29 days to reach its destination of Liverpool, England. This was the beginning of a new era of ocean travel which we all know and love today!

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