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Quick Fix for that Cruise Itch

According to Wikipedia, a cruise ship is “a passenger ship used for pleasure voyages, where the voyage itself and the ship's amenities are part of the experience.”  No mention of passenger capacity.

For those of us who love to get out on the ocean, why not slip in a small ship charter cruise between our extended duration vacations?

Miami's K&A Charters, for example, offers excursions from 6 to 500 guests aboard ships up to 500 foot in length.

Cruising on a beautiful yacht and enjoying the spectacular views of South Florida is a great way to:

  • spend a day,
  • get a truly unique perspective of the city,
  • slip in a proposal to your future spouse,
  • celebrate an anniversary etc.,

One can choose from a variety of boat types to fit their needs.

A magnificent motor yacht offers the ultimate in cruising luxury. Anything and everything is available to you and your guests. An on board chief may be requested, offering you the finest in private dinning. On the upper deck you may enjoy a more casual lifestyle, enjoying the beautiful sites.

If water sports are your thing, you can arrange anything from dinghy’s, to wave runners or even par-a-sailing! These beautiful yachts are offered in three styles. The "Sea Ray" and "Cruisers" or the larger European styled "Sunseeker." All offer large open air lounge areas prefect for entertaining guests. Below decks you will find beautifully appointed fully air-conditioned salons with all the comforts of home.

For the more adventurous, cruise on a Go Fast or "Cigarette."  They are designed for a single purpose and that is to "go fast." They are equipped with high horsepower engines that are able to push them at incredible speeds, some over 100 miles per hour.


View from under a cruise ship

Starting with the most recognizable object, the anchor.  It weighs more than 10,500 kilograms, or 23,00 lbs and is attached to 13 lengths of anchor chain. Each length is 15 fathoms or 90 feet.

The large "odd shaped" object protruding from the front of the ship is the "bulbous bow." Used in most large modern ships with long, narrow hulls such as navy vessels, freighters and passenger ships the bulb modifies water flow around the hull reducing drag and increasing stability and speed. It also improves the "islands per gallon" 🙂 extending range up to 15 percent.

The "fan things" on the side are the bow thrusters. They allow the ship to turn in port. Only used at slow speeds or when stopped, they have reversible propellers to push the ship’s bow to port (left) or to starboard (right). When the bow thrusters are operated together with the pods (located at the stern of the ship) the ship is able to move sideways or turn on a dime.

The last photo is taken from directly under the ship at the bottom of the hull. The 101,353 ton Destiny (the first passenger ship to have exceed 83,676 tons since the Queen Elizabeth launched in 1938) is carefully positioned and lowered on the resting blocks shown in the photo.  Then the formerly submerged portions of the ship are cleaned and coated with anti-corrosive and anti-marine growth paint. They've also been using a new hull paint that reduces the ship's drag in the water.