I thought I’d give you an idea of how large my cruise ship is with a list of random facts…
- – there are 14 decks. I live on deck 4. I teach on deck 12 and on deck 5.
- – 3 trips around the Promenade Deck (deck 7) equals one mile
- – it weighs 77,000 tons
- – it can hold up to 1,950 passengers and an additional 900 crew members
- – it contains 2 formal dining rooms (deck 5), 2 large buffet areas (deck 14), a pizzeria (deck 8), a steakhouse restaurant (deck 14), and a coffee bar for passengers (deck 5). This is in addition to the crew cafeteria, the staff mess, and the officer mess (all on deck 5).
- – it has a large passenger gym, a sports court (to play basketball, volleyball, etc.), and a small crew gym. There is also a full-service spa.
- – There is a room with 2 printing presses where they print all of the daily menus, newsletters and other publications for the ship.
- – There are two stage/lounge areas to host dance shows, lectures, comedians, etc. There is also a night club, a casino, and a video game room/youth center.
- – There is a storage area filled with large rolls of carpet. There is also a carpet fitter who works on the ship. If there is a stain in some carpeting, they remove it and install new carpeting. They recently re-carpeted the whole ward room, I guess just to make it look nicer.
In other news, a crewmember went AWOL the other day in San Francisco. Our sailing was delayed for over an hour because he failed to return to the ship. We finally left without him. I guess this is not completely surprising as crewmembers have been known to just not come back onboard and instead disappear into the U.S. Word on the ship is that this is particularly common among the Nepalese crewmembers (the missing crewmember was from Nepal