Published at Wednesday, June 06th 2018. by noah seihan in Cruise Ship Cabins.
Cruise ship vacations are a great way to travel relax and visit exotic lands. Every cruise I take I learn something new that makes my next trip more enjoyable. Here are 10 secrets that will make all your cruise ship vacations memorable. 1. Most cruise lines offer special discounts for past guests police officers and firefighters military personnel (active duty retired and sometimes even veterans with as little as 2 years service) senior citizens airline employees and more. I had already been on several cruises before I found out I was eligible for a military discount. Don`t rely on your travel agent to point it out. In fact it was a fellow passenger who gave me this hot tip. You can find this information on the cruiseline`s website but it might take a little digging. (Hint: start at FAQ or search for `special cruise pricing.`) It`s worth the effort -- the military discount I received applied to both me and my wife and was very generous. 2. When you`re booking your cruise you may be able to choose where you want your cabin -- toward the front of the ship the rear or the middle; upper decks or lower. Generally the higher the deck the more expensive the cabin. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing your location: ~ being close to the elevators might be convenient but it can also be noisy. This is especially true of service elevators. ~ avoid being under the disco or gym because you`ll hear people partying late into the night or working out early in the morning. ~ the front and rear of the ship can be noisy from anchors and propellers. 3. The elevators get crowded especially at mealtimes and when getting off the ship in port. I always push both call buttons and get on whichever elevator gets there first. Even if I have to go the opposite direction I found it`s still faster than waiting in the lobby for the right elevator. 4. To save closet space in your cabin slide your suitcases under the bed after unpacking. You won`t need them until it`s time to disembark. 5. If you attend any of the shopping and excursion orientations sit up front. They frequently throw free stuff out into the audience to build excitement. 6. Some cruise ships have a cruise director`s TV show to keep guests informed about the ship`s activities. Call or write in with comments or questions and you`ll likely win a free bottle of champagne or other gift. Cruise directors love guests who participate. 7. Bring a small flashlight or plug in night light. The cabins get very dark especially inside cabins. 8. There`s always plenty of food on a cruise ship but try not to overdo it. Set food goals. If you have a big breakfast have a light lunch. Maybe the next day do the opposite. Try to balance what you eat in terms of carbs proteins sweets etc. 9. Instead of waiting in the buffet line for breakfast and hoping you`ll find a table eat breakfast in the dining room. It`s hardly ever crowded and you`ll get some great choices for breakfast that you probably won`t see on the buffet line. 10. Pack a travellers first aid kit with sun block aspirin bandaids ointment and be sure to include insect repellent. On a recent cruise we toured a zoo in the jungles of Belize and the insects were overwhelming! My wife came back covered in bug bites. While cruise ships have a medical doctor on board there`s a charge to see the doc... it can be pretty expensive for treatment of minor mishaps.
If there are many other co-owners of the ship to split the operating expenses of the ship it can be affordable for those with a moderate level of income such as a retirement check. I do have specific operating cost figures but I won`t bore you with that data. The bottom line is that it would not be prohibitively expensive for a middle-class average person to be able to afford to own a fraction of a cruise ship and be able to afford to live on the cruise ship full-time if they elect to do so.
There are some other figures that must be tabulated into the total cost of ownership. Acquisition cost is first and foremost. The next figure is the cost to put the ship in service. On an older ship this cost may be higher than the acquisition cost. On the other hand the cost to put a ship into service can be much lower if you were to get a good deal on a ship that already meets the international standards for ship safety especially SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea). Maintaining compliance with Chapter II SOLAS 74 amendments is cost prohibitive for some older ships and they are typically scrapped instead of being refurbished at great expense. There is a very important SOLAS implementation date coming up on January 10 2010. On that date all commercial international ships will be required to be in compliance with the new fire safety codes. The most important new codes deal with the use of combustible materials in the ship. It will be expensive to replace all combustible materials in ships with non-combustible or flame resistant SOLAS compliant materials that meet the new safety standards. This will result in many ships being sold for scrap metal.
On paper it seems to make good sense to man the ship with a Philippine crew. I love the Philippines. I have been there several times. English is still widely spoken and usually spoken quite well. The people are usually friendly and happy to see foreign tourists. A large percentage of ships worldwide are manned by crews from the Philippines. The Philippine government has a pretty good structure and system to facilitate the export of Philippine labor. In spite of how attractive it seems on paper I would recommend NOT hiring a crew from the Philippines. Philippine workers tend to be envious of others and especially of everybody else`s wages. They tend to think they are getting the raw end of the deal. It is rare to find a Filipino who is happy with his employment. While I am sure there are many good employees from the Philippines there are more who are dissatisfied than satisfied with their employment. There seems to be a cultural anomaly in the Philippines where people feel that employers are bad guys. I would hesitate to recommend a crew from the Philippines in spite of the apparent advantages on paper.
At the economy end of the scale a co owner could buy 1% of an economical cruise ship for about $5000. However it is not necessary for all co owners to have equal shares in the ship. Ownership can easily be divided up into 1% increments. If one buyer wanted 5% then his cost of acquisition would be $25000. He would be entitled to 5% of the ship`s cabins and would have five votes on operations and management of the ship such as itinerary planning.
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