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Are you a real cruise expert? Take this quiz to find out!

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Cruise expert quiz

During my travels, I have met many cruise enthusiasts. Some of them have been on more than 40 cruises and have spent many days of their lives at sea.

However, not everyone knows the world of cruises in depth: all the aspects of the ships, the different features of the cruise lines, and the most exotic destinations.

Therefore, I decided to create a little quiz with a series of questions about cruises.

Let’s see how many you can answer correctly to find out if you are a true cruise king or cruise queen.

Cruise ships in port
Cruise ships in port

Table of Contents

1. Which cruise ship is currently the largest in the world?

a) MSC Grandiosa
b) Harmony of the Seas
c) Icon of the Seas
d) Carnival Mardi Gras

2. What unique feature does the MSC Virtuosa have that sets it apart from other cruise ships?

a) Underwater viewing pods
b) The first humanoid bartender at sea
c) An indoor ice skating rink
d) A roller coaster

3. What is the average speed at which most cruise ships travel?

a) 10 knots
b) 20 knots
c) 30 knots
d) 40 knots

4. Which port surpassed Port Miami as the busiest cruise port in the world?

a) Port Everglades
b) Port of Galveston
c) Port Canaveral
d) Port of Los Angeles

5. Which fruit is considered unlucky to bring on a ship?

a) Apples
b) Oranges
c) Bananas
d) Pineapples

6. Which cruise line offers the Ultimate World Cruise, promising to take guests to 59 countries in approximately 245 days?

a) Royal Caribbean
b) Carnival
c) Viking Ocean Cruises
d) Norwegian Cruise Line

7. What is the name of Disney Cruise Line’s private island in the Bahamas?

a) Half Moon Cay
b) Great Stirrup Cay
c) Castaway Cay
d) Princess Cays

8. Which cruise line has a fleet where all ship names end with “dam”?

a) Princess Cruises
b) Celebrity Cruises
c) Holland America
d) MSC Cruises

9. Which cruise ship was the first to set sail in the summer of 1900?

a) RMS Titanic
b) Prinzessin Victoria Luise
c) SS Great Britain
d) Queen Mary

10. Which cruise line allows permanent residency aboard one of its ships?

a) Carnival
b) The World
c) Cunard
d) Viking Ocean Cruises

11. Which city is known as the “Cruise Capital of the World”?

a) Fort Lauderdale
b) Miami
c) New York
d) Los Angeles

12. Which cruise line has a ship that features an ice skating rink?

a) Disney Cruise Line
b) Norwegian Cruise Line
c) Royal Caribbean
d) Princess Cruises

13. What is the name of the cruise ship known for hosting the largest group vow renewal ceremony (it was a Guinness World Record)?

a) Regal Princess
b) Symphony of the Seas
c) Norwegian Epic
d) Celebrity Edge

14. Which cruise line’s ships are known for their real crystal staircases, with each step costing around $13,000?

a) MSC Cruises
b) Royal Caribbean
c) Carnival Cruise Line
d) Celebrity Cruises

15. Which cruise line offers the “Freestyle Cruising” concept, allowing guests more flexibility in dining and activities?

a) Royal Caribbean
b) Carnival Cruise Line
c) Norwegian Cruise Line
d) Celebrity Cruises

Answers

1. Icon of the Seas

Icon of the Seas
Icon of the Seas

Icon of the Seas was launched in 2024 and is currently the largest cruise ship in the world.
Her gross tonnage is over 248,663 GT, more than the other ships that were also part of Royal Caribbean’s fleet.

To get a more comprehensive idea about these ships, I recommend you see the list of all Royal Caribbean ships from best to worst.

2. The first humanoid bartender at sea

MSC Robot Bar
MSC Robot Bar

MSC Virtuosa, a new ship by MSC Cruises, features Rob, the first humanoid bartender at sea.

He prepares very particular cocktails inspired by space, and he’s able to interact with people thanks to his movements and facial expressions.

3. 20 knots

balcony railing cruise
Cruise ship in the open sea

If you chose 20 knots, then you’re right. Most cruise ships travel at an average speed that is around 23 miles per hour (37 km/h).

For obvious reasons, the speed decreases when the ship approaches the coast and increases when it is in the open sea.

The speed is chosen by the ship’s captain, who has a great deal of responsibility in these choices, which is why his salary is generally quite high.

4. Port Canaveral

Cruise ship leaving Port Canaveral
Cruise ship leaving Port Canaveral

Port Canaveral is the busiest cruise port by passenger numbers. It surpassed Port Miami in 2022.

Both, however, are still two ports of international relevance for cruises.

5. Bananas

Banana shaped wet floor signs on a cruise
Banana shaped wet floor signs on a cruise

Bananas are considered unlucky to bring on a ship. This is due to a nautical superstition from the 1700s.

At that time, it was common to see bananas floating around sea wrecks, and some sailors began to believe that this fruit sank the ships.

Obviously, it was a silly rumor, but this superstition has been passed down for many years and still persists.

6. Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking Neptune and Viking Venus
Viking Neptune and Viking Venus

Several companies have itineraries around the world, but the one that offers the Ultimate World Cruise is Viking Ocean Cruises.

It’s quite a long trip, it lasts 245 days and allows you to see 59 different countries.

7. Castaway Cay

Castaway Cay Island
Castaway Cay Island

Although all the options were lovely and referred to Disney, the correct answer is Castaway Cay.

An interesting thing to know is that it was the first private island to allow direct docking of the ship.
Before that, the other private islands required the use of tenders.

8. Holland America Line

Holland America Ship Nieuw Amsterdam
Holland America Ship Nieuw Amsterdam

All ships in the Holland America Line fleet have names ending with ‘dam’.

Have you noticed it? Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam, Koningsdam and so on!

9. Prinzessin Victoria Luise

Prinzessin Victoria Luise
Prinzessin Victoria Luise

The Prinzessin Victoria Luise was the first official cruise ship to set sail in 1900.

It was a German ship owned by the shipping company Hamburg America Line. After five years, the ship sank after an accident near Plumb Point, Jamaica.

10. The World

The World is a cruise ship that offers permanent residency to its guests. Apartments can be bought or rented, and of course, they are very expensive!

11. Miami

Port Miami
Port Miami

Miami has traditionally been known as the “Cruise Capital of the World”.

As we saw before, Port Canaveral has recently challenged this title but Port Miami is still extremely important for cruise ships, with millions of passengers passing through each year.

12. Royal Caribbean

Ice Skating Rink on Royal Caribbean
Ice Skating Rink on Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean features ice skating rinks on several of its ships. You can find them in the Voyager, Freedom and Oasis classes.

13. Regal Princess

Regal Princess
Regal Princess

Princess Cruises hosted the largest group vow renewal ceremony with 1,443 couples.

The main ship was Regal Princess but it actually was a multi-location vow renewal with also Royal Princess and Crown Princess involved.

14. MSC Cruises

MSC Staircases
MSC Staircases

MSC Cruises’ ships are known for their real crystal staircases.

I am sure you have certainly seen them if you have been on one of their ships.

These stairs are located right in the central heart of the ships, and it is said that each step costs around $13,000.

15. Norwegian Cruise Line

norwegian getaway vs norwegian viva
Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Viva

Norwegian Cruise Line offers the “Freestyle Cruising” concept, allowing guests more flexibility in dining and activities.

We already talked about that when we saw what are the best cruise lines to work for. As we have seen, the concept of freestyle is appealing to both passengers and crew members.

Calculate the points

Check your answers and add 1 point for the correct ones and 0 points for the wrong ones.

The final score can be interpreted in this way:

  • 15 to 13 points: you are truly a cruise expert! (Maybe you’ve spent more time at sea than on land)
  • 12 to 10: you know the cruise world very well, keep it up!
  • 9 to 7 points: You know most of the things about cruises! A few more cruises and you will become an expert!
  • 6 to 3: you definitely know something about cruises, keep it up you are on the right track!
  • 3 to 1: You are a beginner cruiser, but there’s always time to improve! The world of cruises is waiting for you!
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