When you think of taking a relaxing cruise, you likely don’t think about all the ins and outs that make a ship of that size operational. Other than trying to imagine where the crew sleeps at night, or what happens if someone gets terribly hurt whilst on the sea, there are tons of hidden cruise secrets that only most know if they’ve worked on a boat. Check out these secrets and share your trivia you learned on your next cruise!
While they may not be brandishing swords and boarding ships with ropes and grappling hooks, pirates still exist today. And although it is rare that pirates would attack a large cruise ship, crews still have to train for the unlikely event. Cruise ship employees are instructed to keep guests away from windows and to spray anyone attempting to board the ship with a large water cannon. Some ships are even equipped with a Long Range Acoustic Device that emits a very loud and painful noise to try to deter attackers. The luxury cruise liner managed to escape a pirate attack off the coast of Africa in 2005 with just such a device.