Let us sail and celebrate Take a Cruise Day on February 3. Sailing the ocean aboard a massive cruiser is a wonderful experience. Cruise ships are one of the largest human-made vehicles on Earth. Ships are one of the most common modes of intercontinental and international freight transport. It is also cheap compared to air travel and is one of the oldest modes of travel. Luxury cruise ships are relatively new; they became common during the 19th century. Overall, a cruise experience would be a life-changing moment for most people.
History of Take a Cruise Day
Three-quarters of the Earth is covered by the ocean. So, it is natural that humans would find ways to cross the massive expanse of the deep blue ocean. People started crossing the ocean around 53,000 — 65,000 years ago. Archeologists believe people from the Sundaland peninsula crossed to the Sahul landmass, which is modern-day Australia. The ancestor of modern sailboats started to appear some 6,000 years ago. People from early civilizations like Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Indus Valley used sailboats to trade with each other.
The 1800s saw the development of modern sailboats, which were used to trade between countries. Trade gradually resulted in the era of colonization. Modern ships started to appear with the industrial revolution and the push for war efforts throughout Europe and America. Until 1800, ships were mostly used for transporting mail and other cargo. The Black Ball Line, New York, started the first passenger service between England and North America. The Peninsular Steam Navigation Company started the first leisure cruise line.
Between 1900 and 1950, leisure ships went bankrupt due to the world wars and the great depression that followed. Then, in 1960, the wind changed directions again, this time in favor of cruise lines. The cruise experience only grew in popularity from then. Nowadays, every type of cruise is available, from a two-day program to around-the-world cruises.
Take a Cruise Day timeline
Phoenicians develop navigation by using primitive charts and observing the sun and stars.
The Peninsular & Oriental Steam start the first leisure cruises.
Germany builds the Prinzessin Victoria Luise — the first luxury cruise ship built for passengers.
The Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas starts sailing.
Take a Cruise Day FAQs
What is a sea day?
A sea day is defined as the time spent on a cruise while the ship is sailing to its next destination.
How many days should you go on a cruise?
It is fully up to you. Most people report that five to seven days is optimal. But you can take around 10 days to experience everything that a cruise has to offer.
Can you get motion sick on a cruise?
Yes, you can get it if you are already prone to getting motion sickness in a normal vehicle or plane. If you are generally not prone to motion sickness, your chances of getting motion sickness on a cruise are small.
Take a Cruise Day Activities
Take a cruise
As the name suggests, embark on the experience. If you have the money and time to spend, then go for a cruise on Take a Cruise Day.
Go for a boat ride
Not being able to go on a cruise shouldn’t stop you from enjoying Take a Cruise Day. Try to schedule a boat ride or go sailing if you have the required skills and knowledge.
Visit a beach
If you can’t or don’t want to go on a cruise or boat, visiting your nearest beach is the next best thing. Spend some time admiring the wild beauty of the ocean. Bring your partner along and make the trip romantic.
5 Important Facts About Ships
An expensive cruise
The Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas is the most expensive cruise ship in the world.
The Chinese are credited with using the compass for navigation.
Most ocean-going cargo ships can last between 20 and 30 years.
Around the globe
The average cruise ship sails the equivalent of three times around the world each year.
Cruise ships do not need as many funnels as they used to; these are now mainly for aesthetic reasons.
Why We Love Take a Cruise Day
The best ships are engineering marvels
Ships are one of the largest vehicles ever made by humans. Each year we are making a bigger vessel that can float. Luxury cruise ships incorporate the best of human technology, and a person from two or three centuries back would be amazed at the capabilities of modern cruise ships.
Cruise ships can go international
It is hard to get out of the control zone of a country. Ships can do that regularly. Most of their travel path is through international waters, and that is cool! Planes can also do that in selected paths, but they cannot stay in airspace for a long time. You also cannot party hard inside a plane!
The ocean is a whole different world
The ocean is vast and has an unpredictable and violent personality. The flora and fauna of the ocean are different. Even the air above the ocean is different. A two- to five-day exploration can teach us a lot and give us the best time of our lives.
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