How Cruise Ships Work

How Cruise Ships Work


This is the symphony of the seas: an 1,188 feet long, 8,880 person, 18 deck, 7 neighborhood beast of a cruise ship that makes the Titanic look like a kayak. It cost $1.4 billion dollars but cruise ships only lasts about 25 years; 25 years of constant cleaning and maintenance, plus an enormous amount of food, fuel, fees and employees. But tickets can cost just 60 or 70 dollars a day, cheaper than most retirement homes and a bit more fun So making profit and quite a bit of it means Optimizing everything from a ship’s flag to its precise schedule. Like airlines, the business of cruising is one of low Margins at extreme scale. Cruise Lines are experts at finding clever ways to save money Norwegian cruises would even sail 1,100 miles into the middle of nowhere to avoid fines, they run a very tight ship Cruises can be long, short, salty or not But they all fall under three basic categories: Mainstream cruise lines optimized for scale They sell lots of tickets or not a lot of money Sometimes even at a loss. The average ticket sells for 1,293 dollars But cost the company even more in food fuel wages marketing and lots lots more. If everyone left their wallet at home, These cruise lines would go out of business, but the average person spends four hundred and twenty nine dollars on board They’re the perfect captive audience. When your only choices are pepsi or sea water They can pretty much guarantee your purchase casinos, spas, shopping and drinks are key to making profit And why you can’t bring your own, and since everyone walks from cabin to dining room at least once a day That’s where they place lounges bars and casinos. There’s no avoiding them. Premium wines are just the opposite they make most of their money upfront. The no screaming kids on board tax means they can spend more time in ports And Luxury ships may only hold a few hundred passengers But each pays more than enough to make the difference All three categories serve very different markets so a good company catches them all which is why so many brands are owned by just two mega corporations Carnival owns Holland America princess piano and Costa even an airline at one point and Royal Caribbean on Celebrity and Azamara. This way something like Costa, Concordia Doesn’t damage the rest of the company’s reputation. When a ship reaches the end of its life They can just hand it down to one of their other brands with lower standards, and a cruise ship is a vacation machine But it can never take a vacation November to April is when cold Americans escape to the Caribbean But keeping that many ships there all year round would be extremely costly so is moving around empty ships from one region to another So they don’t. when Caribbean ships switch to Europe in April They sell repositioning tickets a one-way two-week cruise from Florida to say Amsterdam This way the ship is always making money and when one cruise ends the next begins Turnaround day is a miracle of coordination. In less than half a day 6,000 people exit the ship and a hotel, restaurant, a theater, laundromat, and theme park clean and reset as if nothing ever happened When the ship arrives back at port early in the morning the clock starts ticking. While passengers sleep all their luggage must be carried ashore Meanwhile trash is dumped, crew members switched, fuel pumped and a Costco of food and supplies loaded onto the ship. 700,000 eggs, 3,000 gallons of soda and 15,000 pounds of potatoes. By 10:30 Passengers are gone and hundreds of housekeepers rushed to clean all 3,000 rooms Then paperwork needs filed, maintenance performed, towel animals folded, and lunch cooked by Mr. Fieri. All before new passengers arrive at one. By five o’clock The ship is on its way whether you’re on it or not, because the sooner it reaches International waters the sooner the casino can start making Bank. Gambling is already very profitable But especially when it’s unregulated, so don’t go overboard. Ocean water is pumped in Desalinated and sent to rooms, which because surface area is so limited are mostly interiors but the real moneymakers are suites and balconies, so Profitable that some ships have fake windows with virtual views and the least desirable lower decks are reserved for the crew There’s one for every 2 passengers, but you’ll never see them off-duty They work long hours for 3 to 12 months at a time And they have to stay in their quarters when not working, and that’s because a cruise ship can register in any country whose labor laws It prefers, most ships fly a flag of convenience Usually Panama or Liberia saving millions in wages. Pretty handy It’s why you might have a Barbadian maitre d or latvian housekeeper, but never a pricey american the only problem is the passenger vessel services act of 1886. It says no foreign vessel shall transport passengers between ports in the United States. Acruise can take passengers from America to another country and then Coincidentally those same people back to America But never directly between American ports so short Pacific cruises often stop in Ensenada It’s only 50 miles from the US but on a 6000 passenger cruise it saves 1.8 million in fines But for cruises to Hawaii they had to get creative. Every week Norwegian cruise ships going to Hawaii would take a four-day 1,135 mile detour to a tiny atoll with no running water or electricity called Tabuaeran But because they technically step foot in the Republic of Kiribati the trip is made 100% legal, And then Norwegian built the pride of America, because it’s registered in the US it can avoid the detour But it’s subject to American labor laws, which is why many cruises to Hawaii are more expensive. Meanwhile No port wants to be the next Tabuaeran so they fight to attract cruises. Cruise lines sell local activities for high Commissions and port fees are passed on to passengers But ideally passengers never leave company property so until 2096 Walt Disney owns a small island in the Bahamas where they take their cruises called Castaway Cay And now other cruise lines are doing the same It’s every company’s dream, from the moment you step on board until you leave 10 pounds heavier You’re under their magic spell but that’s also the beauty of a crew: total convenience. the last thing you want to do on vacation is cook or clean or [AD] Remember passwords. Traveling in general is hard enough much less remembering airline hotel and other passwords, sitting by the pool Lemonade in hand and surfing the net is the last time you should need to remember your passwords Dashlane stores fills and can even generate those passwords for you anywhere in the world Across all your devices so you can make them as secure as you want without having to remember. Basically Dashlane brings the convenience of a cruise to your passwords. Using one password for everything just isn’t secure and if you do what you’re supposed to do and Make a long complicated password, You’ll never remember it. Do you want to get into your account or do you not want to be hacked? Those are terrible options, and what makes Dashlane so great. It works on pretty much every platform And it’s not some big complicated thing you have to setup. It just works, if it finds that one of your accounts is ever compromised It sends you a notification so you can change your password. For a ton of sites, Dashlane can even change your password for you with one click of a button I can’t tell you how convenient that is why not make your life easier? your data is worth it. Click the link in the description and use the code ‘youtube2018’ for 10% off the already very affordable premium plan, or try it completely free

100 thoughts on “How Cruise Ships Work

  1. Went on a cruise, IT WAS NOT $70 a day. I spent $3000 for the total 9 day trip. That was on Royal Carribean's Oasis of the seas.

  2. What’s up guys! I just finished editing and putting together footage into a vlog, my cousin and his wife went to the royal Caribbean cruise just last week. Please check out the video!
    https://youtu.be/eFu2O7jxvSw

  3. You said there are only two corporations. What about Disney Cruise Lines? That is a third company not mentioned in this video.

  4. How about you use the same password for everything, considering if someone guesses your dashlane password they get all of them anyway

  5. YouTube, please please please FUCKING STOP WITH THE TRIPLE ADS. Why the FUCK do I need to sit though THREE ads????? Isn’t it enough that they’re all over your website??? Enough.

  6. I went on Harmony of the Seas which is the sister ship of the symphony of the seas. It was absolutely amazing.

  7. Finally, I can enjoy my cruise without the unnecessary stress of forgetting several different unique passwords. Thanks Dashlane.

  8. that thing about 'leaving 10 pounds heavier' was a joke that the cruis director for the carnival spirit made, sawing we sould aim to gain about five kilos, every lunchtime announcement hed mention the goal

    He is really fun and awesome

  9. That is amazing that Disney owns the Caribbean destinations that ships stop at!
    Disney also owns both Orange county and Osceola county in Florida!

  10. Hey Polymatter. Great videos. I think I have watched all of them! Maybe you should summarize the heart of the matter towards the end because every time you finish, its like you forgot about the heading of the post. Waiting for more of your videos

  11. 0:22 LOL did this guy say fuel? Buddy, these ships are nuclear powered, idk where you got fuel from 🤷🏽‍♂️😬

  12. Ships arrive in Southampton (where the majority of cruise lines dock in England, not many dont) at approximately 4am. They then begin to load all the food on (which takes a while) and they begin cleaning up the restaurants, preparing windjammer foods and cleaning everything except cabins. All passengers are off board by 11am and accept people on at 12.30pm. The people aren't allowed into their cabins until 2.30pm which gives the crew members enough time to clean all the thousands of cabins in just 2 hours! Luggage is delivered until 3.30pm so if you dont have it by then, alert a crew member before setting sail because you dont have your luggage. 🙂
    This is how turn over day works for royal Caribbean from England's perspective. Hope it cleared some things up!

  13. Well, first off he doesn't know half of what he claims in the video….and second, goes to the ad….that's crap man.

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    Password?

    WTF?

  16. 8 minute winner if Cruise Ships are on your horizon. He states in SHOW MORE this:
    *The end of this video includes a paid sponsored promotion. This company had no part in the writing, editing, or production of the rest of the video. How refreshing and transparent that is; BIG THUMBS UP on both that and this video and TYVM.

  17. Is it just me or does google not do the password for everybody else already, who needs dashlane when google is free?

  18. As soon as he went into password talk my mind recognized he was beating around the video topic and came right down here

  19. I was waiting for you to say how cruise ships are manned by many Filipinos and they are extremely hardworking, very friendly, and they speak English with a cute accent. “Happy. Happy. Washy. Washy.”

  20. Why the hell is everybody so salty about his ad placement? It was smooth, non-intrusive, and even animated quite nicely. Do you expect him to just, like, not make a living from something he puts this much effort into? If anything, you should be happy he is "selling out" because it means he has enough funds ot ensure the quality of his videos doesn't drop.

  21. Cruise ships in Europe emit 15% of NOx'es exhaled by all personal cars. It's a crime if you ask me especially that we do posses technology to bring them down almost to nothing for decades now. Disgraceful.

  22. If you actually want to learn more about seafaring, this one is better: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXy-LqIvJQw&t=3s

  23. I chose "password" as my safe word.
    So whenever I hear it, I know something is wrong and I have to stop whatever I'm doing (like paying attention to a video).

  24. Can you guys PLEASE stop commenting on the password ad and talk about the ACTUAL subject of this video i thought i would actually have an intelligint discussion about cruise ship economics and then i get stupid comments about a godamn ad

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