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Cruise Ship    
  They’re the ocean-bound retreats that promise to take their guests to paradise. There’s something about being cut off form land and being cut in this totally different environment. Women become a little bit more glamorous. Men become a little bit more charming. You’re out there in the middle of the ocean. The stars are there. The wind is blowing. I mean, it’s just, it’s breathtaking. It’s a play world; it’s a dream world. It’s not the real world. From the sparkling new mega liners—Grand Princess is now secure for sea and ready to sail—to the scaled-down “fun ships”, it’s high tide for the cruising industry—a six billion dollar business that just keeps getting bigger.

  A thousand-person crew is needed around the clock to keep the giant vessel running smoothly. The trickiest coordination of employees takes place in the galley, where exacting precision is needed to simultaneously keep more than two thousand stomachs full and thousands of dirty dishes clean! For maximum efficiency, each employee is assigned a specific task. Cooks clean and chop vegetables. Others prepare the main course. In assembly-line fashion, the meals are arranged and delivered to the dining room and before passengers even finish their entrees, an army of workers is busy dealing with dessert. These hard-working crewmembers don’t exactly live the high life on a cruise line often live gin tiny quarters for months on end. The crew cabins are much smaller of course than the passenger cabins. The space that gives you revenue is the space that is occupied by the passengers. So the more space you can give to the passengers, the more revenue.

  Cruise directors keep passengers busy with carefully contrived activities and poolside games. Everything from trivia contests to jigsaw puzzle contests to scavenger hunts, karaoke, bingo, horse racing, country line dancing, ballroom dancing, napkin folding, um, everything. This constant social interaction can sometimes cause guests to feel a little too comfortable with cruise directors.

  Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. This is from the bridge. The captain speaking. Back on the bridge, captain Romano charts his routes on navigational maps. Radar, sonar, and precise computer-generated graphics help keep the vessel on course. Now the ships are becoming more and more like airplane cockpits. Everything is sort of put together. So from one position you can actually control the whole ship without moving all around. It’s much more efficient. With one fluid turn of the thrusters, hundred-plus ton vessels can be steered effortlessly across the ocean.

  But as majestic as they may appear on the surface, cruise lines can leave some ugly scars in their wake. It’s very, very important that we keep the areas that we cruise to and the waters that we cruise on safe and clean and attractive for all of our guests and employees. Boatloads of tourists can overwhelm these small exotic ports. Overcrowding is, is, in my opinion, uh, one of the situations which needs to be addressed. There’s a race to see which island can grow as quickly as possible because the cruise ships have a tremendous positive effect on the economics of the particular destination. But economic gain may not be enough to compensate for ecological damage. Illegal trash dumping is one of the industry’s most common infractions, despite the fact all ships are equipped to manage the garbage they generate. We have two incinerators that, uh, burn all the combustibles. Cans, we compact so they’re easy to handle and we store and we off load them at our turnaround port. We have so much glass, all the wine and what have you that’s consumed on board, and we actually crush that. Roughly, about a ton of glass a week and about two tons each of, uh, aluminium and steel.

  Cruise lines have recently been host to a couple of serious health problems as well. Fortunately, in the last decade, only four passengers have been killed while travelling on a cruise line, all of them on the Achille Lauro, which sank off the coast of Somalia in 1995. Compare those statistics to major airline safety records and cruise experts say you’ll see how their commitment to safety pays off. From the engines to the lifeboats to the kitchen, these standards, “Safety of Life At Sea,” cover it all. On today’s cruise ships, you have to have a lifeboat drill within twenty-four hours of embarkation. Check that there is nothing in the water below you, look straight ahead and step off. Do not jump. 24 hours after boarding, mandatory emergency drills are held in what are called muster stations. I got some people hiding in the corner over here, are all you people in life raft number 4? Today’s cruise ships are amazingly safe. The new technologies that are built into today’s cruise ships are just outstanding.







  游轮上也有过健康方面的问题。但幸运的是,在过去十年里,只有四名游客在游轮上死亡,他们都是Achille Lauro号的乘客,Achille Lauro号于1995年在索马里海岸沉没。比起各大航空公司的安全纪录,专家认为游轮兑现了安全的承诺。从引擎到救生艇,再到厨房,一切都是遵照海上安全标准设计的。在现在的游轮上,你上船二十四小时以内就会接受救生艇训练。看看前面水里是不是没有东西,向前看,走下去,不要跳下去。登船二十四小时后,游客必须在集合点接受紧急事故训练。这边还有几个人,你们都是四号救生筏里的吗?现在的游轮非常安全,现在的游轮采用了非常先进的技术。