Cruise Ship Travel Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers
Free travel trivia quiz about cruise ships and destinations.
Cruise Ship Travel Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers
What 1970s television series helped to popularize the concept as a romantic opportunity for couples?
A: The Love Boat.
What was the first "megaship"?
A: Sovereign of the Seas.
Contemporary cruise ships built in the late
1980s and later, such as Sovereign-class which broke the size record held for decades by Norway, showed characteristics of size and strength once reserved for what?
A: Ocean liners — some have undertaken regular scheduled transatlantic crossings.
The Sovereign-class ships were the first "megaships" to be built for what market?
A: The mass cruising market.
They also were the first series of cruise ships to include a multi-story what?
A: Atrium with glass elevators.
They also had a single deck devoted entirely to what?
A: Cabins with private balconies instead of ocean view cabins.
Other cruise lines soon launched ships with similar attributes, such as what class?
A: The Fantasy-class.
That lead up to the Panamax-type Vista-class, designed how?
A: Designed such that two thirds of the ocean view staterooms have verandas.
The veranda suites were particularly lucrative for cruise lines, something which was lacking in what?
A: Older ocean liners.
Until 1975-1980, cruises offered what?
A: Shuffleboard, deck chairs, "drinks with umbrellas and little else for a few hundred passengers."
After 1980, they offered what?
A: Increasing amenities.
As of 2010, city-sized ships have what?
A: Dozens of amenities.
Following the retirement of her running mate Queen Elizabeth 2 in November 2008, Queen Mary 2 is the only liner operating on what?
A: Transatlantic routes, though she also sees significant service on cruise routes.
Queen Mary 2 was for a time the largest passenger ship before being surpassed by what?
A: The Royal Caribbean International's Freedom-class vessels in
The Freedom-class ships were in turn overtaken by what?
A: RCI's Oasis-class vessels which entered service in
2009 and 2010.
What is a distinctive feature of Oasis-class ships?
A: The split "open-atrium" structure, made possible by the hull's extraordinary width, with the 6-deck high "Central Park" and "Boardwalk" outdoor areas running down the middle of the ship and verandas on all decks.
In two short decades (1988-2009), the largest class cruise ships have grown how much longer?
A: A third longer (268 m to 360 m).
How about their widths?
A: They almost doubled (32.2 m to 60.5 m).
How much of an increase in total passengers?
A: It doubled (2,744 to 5,400), and tripled in weight (73,000 GT to 225,000 GT).
Also, the "megaships" went from a single deck with verandas to what?
A: All decks with verandas.
Operators of cruise ships are known as cruise lines, which are companies that also market cruises to the public.
Cruise lines have a dual character; they are partly in the transportation business, and partly in what?
A: The leisure entertainment business.
The ships themselves have both a crew headed by the ship's captain, and a hospitality staff headed by what?
A: The equivalent of a hotel manager.
Among cruise lines, some are direct descendants of the traditional passenger shipping lines (such as Cunard), while others were what?
A: Founded from the 1960s specifically for cruising.
Historically, the cruise ship business has been what?
The ships are large capital investments with high what?
A: Operating costs.
A persistent decrease in bookings can put a company into what?
A: Financial jeopardy.
Cruise lines have sold, renovated, or renamed their ships to keep up with what?
A: Travel trends.
Cruise lines operate their ships on what time basis?
A: Virtually 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year.
A ship which is out of service for routine maintenance means what?
A: The loss of tens of millions of dollars.
If the maintenance is unscheduled, it can result, potentially, in thousands of what?
A: Dissatisfied customers.
A wave of failures and consolidations in the 1990s led to many cruise lines being what?
A: Bought by much larger holding companies and continue to operate as "brands" or subsidiaries of the holding company.
Brands continue to be maintained partly because of the expectation of what?
A: Repeat customer loyalty, and also to offer different levels of quality and service.
For instance, Carnival Corporation & plc owns both Carnival Cruise Line, whose former image were vessels that had a reputation as "party ships" for younger travelers, but have become large, modern, yet still profitable, and what?
A: Holland America Line, whose ships cultivate an image of classic elegance.
In 2004, Carnival had merged Cunard's headquarters with that of what?
A: Princess Cruises in Santa Clarita, California so that administrative, financial and technology services could be combined, ending Cunard's history where it had operated as a standalone company regardless of parent ownership.
However, Cunard did regain some independence in 2009 when its headquarters were moved to where?
A: Carnival House in Southampton.
The common practice in the cruise industry in listing cruise ship transfers and orders is to list the smaller operating company, not the what?
A: The larger holding corporation, as the recipient cruise line of the sale, transfer, or new order.
Some cruise lines have specialties; for example, Saga Cruises only allows what?
A: Passengers over 50 years old aboard their ships.
Star Clippers and formerly Windjammer Barefoot Cruises and Windstar Cruises only operate what?
A: Tall ships.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises operates medium-sized vessels—smaller than the "megaships" of Carnival and Royal Caribbean—designed how?
A: Designed such that 90% of their suites are balconies.
Several specialty lines offer "expedition cruising" or only operate small ships, visiting certain destinations such as where?
A: The Arctic and Antarctica, or the Galápagos Islands.
John W. Brown, which formerly operated as part of the United States Merchant Marine during World War II before being converted to a museum ship, still gets underway several times a year for six-hour "Living History Cruises" that take the ship where?
A: Through Baltimore Harbor, down the Patapsco River, and into the Chesapeake Bay.
She is also the largest cruise ship operating under what?
A: The American flag on the United States East Coast.
Currently what are the five largest cruise line holding companies and operators in the world?
A: Carnival Corporation & plc, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Star Cruises (which owns 50% of Norwegian Cruise Line; NCL in its own right is the third largest line), MSC Cruises, and Louis Cruise Lines.
Louis Cruises has largely grown its fleet through what?
A: Purchasing older second- or third-hand ships, while the other four operators have largely constructed their own vessels and combined own the majority of the "megaships".
Cruise ships are organized much like what?
A: Floating hotels, with a complete hospitality staff in addition to the usual ship's crew.
It is not uncommon for the most luxurious ships to have more crew and staff than what?
Dining on almost all cruise ships is included in what?
A: The cruise price.
Traditionally, the ships' restaurants organize how many dinner services per day?
A: Two, early dining and late dining.
Passengers are allocated a set dining time for how long?
A: The entire cruise; a recent trend is to allow diners to dine whenever they want.
Having two dinner times allows the ship to have what?
A: Enough time and space to accommodate all of their guests.
Cunard Line ships maintain the class tradition of ocean liners and have separate dining rooms for what?
A: Different types of suites.
Celebrity Cruises and Princess Cruises have a standard dining room and "upgrade" specialty restaurants that require what?
A: Pre-booking and cover charges.
Many cruises schedule one or more what?
A: Formal dining nights.
Guests dress how?
A: “Formally", however that is defined for the ship, often suits and ties or even tuxedos for men, and formal dresses for women.
The menu is more what than usual?
Besides the dining room, modern cruise ships often contain one or more what?
A: Casual buffet-style eateries, which may be open 24 hours and with menus that vary throughout the day to provide meals ranging from breakfast to late-night snacks.
In recent years, cruise lines have started to include a diverse range of what aboard each ship?
A: Ethnically themed restaurants.
Ships also feature numerous bars and what?
A: Nightclubs for passenger entertainment.
The majority of cruise lines do not include what in their fares?
A: Alcoholic beverages.
Passengers are expected to pay for
drinks as they what?
A: Consume them.
Most cruise lines also prohibit passengers from bringing aboard and consuming what?
A: Their own beverages, including alcohol, while aboard.
Alcohol purchased duty-free is sealed and returned to passengers when?
A: When they debark.
There is often a central galley responsible for serving all major restaurants aboard the ship, though specialty restaurants may have what?
A: Their own separate galleys.
As with any vessel, adequate provisioning is crucial, especially on a cruise ship serving what?
A: Several thousand meals at each seating.
For example, a quasi "military operation" is required to load and unload 3600 passengers and eight tons of food at the beginning and end of each cruise, for what ship?
A: The Royal Princess.