Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
When the very first Disney Cruise set sail in 1998, it was an immediate success. The Disney Magic sailed on three- and four-night trips to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, and introduced cruise enthusiasts, who were used to ships that mainly catered to adults, to a new concept they called “family cruising.”
Cruises on the Disney Magic were so popular that more Disney Cruise ships were added in 1999 (Disney Wonder), 2011 (Disney Dream) and 2012 (Disney Fantasy). This has allowed Disney to offer cruises of a variety of lengths to a variety of ports. Three more Disney Cruise ships are on the way in 2021 (Disney Wish), 2022 and 2023.
Disney cruises have set industry-first standards. For example, most of their cabins have balconies and most staterooms have bathtubs, which was not the case of most cruise ships in the late 20th century. They created a rotating dining experience instead of the traditional “same seat in the same room every night” that most cruise ships offered. They were the first cruise line to launch the “soda card” concept. And, of course, Disney ships were planned with kids in mind, instead of adults (although there are lots of adult-only areas onboard).
Disney ships still offer traditional cruise amenities such as movie theaters, spas, arcades, fitness centers, shopping, beauty salons, numerous bars/lounges, laundromats, etc. The only thing they don’t have that people have come to expect to see on a cruise ship are casinos. There are no casinos on any Disney cruise ship.
Disney cruises have become so popular that some people go back time and time again. In fact, I’m sure some people would love to live on a Disney Cruise ship. But Disney cruises aren’t cheap and can you imagine what it would cost to just live there? Well, no worries…someone already did the math for us…
Lots of businesses have their own special codes for their staff to be aware of emergencies. When I worked in a hospital, “Code Blue,” followed by whatever floor, wing, etc. meant there was someone who was experiencing cardiac or respiratory arrest. In lots of places, hearing “Code Adam” means there’s a missing child (it was named after Adam Walsh, the little boy who was abducted in a department store in Florida in the early 1980s), Some of you may have heard of a “Code Brown” and frankly, I don’t want to be the one to clean that one up. 😉
The various codes have been established so businesses can quickly and effectively communicate with their employees without their guests, customers, passengers, etc. knowing what they’re talking about.
Travel-related organizations each have their own sets of codes, too. Like these…
If you’ve ever looked at the fine print regarding a cruise ship, you’ll find that the vast majority of the ones that sail to, from and around the United States are registered outside the U.S.. Whether it’s Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian or even as-American-as-apple-pie Disney Cruise Lines, their ships, along with over a thousand other cruise ships, tankers, bulk carriers and cargo ships, are registered in the small Bahamian capital of Nassau, while others may be registered in Panama, Bermuda, Italy, Malta and the Netherlands.
Why this is the case all comes down to one thing – money. Who’s surprised? Anyone? Bueller?
However, there is one (and only one!) ship that’s registered in the U.S. The reason why makes perfect sense, once you hear it. Take a look…
I know that most people reading this are more into flying than cruising. So forgive me for oversimplifying, but for those who have never cruised before…when you stop at a specific island, or in a particular city, you have X amount of time and are warned to be back by whatever time. 5pm. 7pm. 10pm. Whatever they say. And just like when you’re on a plane, it’s game over once the cabin doors are closed, the same hold true for getting back onto your cruise ship.
Unfortunately, some cruisers recently found that out the hard way, which…happens. But it was the response of the ship’s crew that was kind of…questionable.