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A cruise ship documentary on Channel 5 tonight at 9:00 pm

Postby judgegeoff » 18 Feb 2019 19:24

My son has just messaged me to tell me that a TV programme titled "Secrets of the Mega Cruise Ship" is being shown on Channel 5 at 9:00 pm tonight. It is a behind the scenes documentary about the staff of the "MSC Seaside" who keep the ship running like clockwork despite their many and complex problems. It might prove to be interesting and informative.
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Postby Borneo » 18 Feb 2019 23:32

It was interesting. But you’d never get me on one of those big things . 6,000 passengers :o No way . 900 enough for me
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Postby judgegeoff » 19 Feb 2019 01:23

Borneo wrote:It was interesting. But you’d never get me on one of those big things . 6,000 passengers :o No way . 900 enough for me

I must admit that I was a little disappointed by the programme, but overall it was quite interesting. I like all ships, big or small, and am always happy to be at sea. :D
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Re: A cruise ship documentary on Channel 5 tonight at 9:00 pm

Postby Carwalsick » 20 Feb 2019 20:49

So interesting that I went to sleep. Hell comes free so why pay for it?

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Postby Dave » 21 Feb 2019 16:59

I didn't see the programme, but I have seen the ship - MSC Seaside was docked next to Harmony of the Seas in St Maarten. Not surprising then that I didn't think MSC Seaside looked particularly big. ;)

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According to MSC, Seaside can take 5,331 passengers, while Wikipedia gives 5,119. Either way, it's a lot less than 6,000!

Like Geoff, I'm not particularly bothered about the size of ships - I've enjoyed them all. The biggest ship we've tried is Costa Diadema, which isn't quite as big as Seaside but similar in that her uncovered boardwalk...

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...is a major feature, and a major plus for me. With so many ships built in recent years having little or no promenade deck at all, I think this is a Very Good Thing. :thumbup:

In our early cruising life we were typical of the 'small ships good, big ships bad' type of cruiser. We cruised exclusively with Fred Olsen and, like many regular FO customers, we ridiculed the "blocks of flats" towering over us in port; "You won't get us on one of those monstrosities!"; "I hear they cram in 6,000 people!" :o

Eventually, because of an offer on an extremely cheap 14 nights in the Caribbean, we tried Ventura. Not a mega-ship perhaps, but in 2010 she was considered quite a size (and a lot bigger than our favourite ship at the time - Black Watch!). I really liked Ventura, but the P&O experience was (how shall I put it?..) rubbish. Not in the same league as good old FO. So we returned to Fred for a while.

We got into river cruising for a time and loved it - four river cruises on ships from 50 to 150 passengers. Brilliant, especially the 50 passenger Viking Mekong which remains one of my very favourite ships. And we tried some more biggish ocean cruise ships such as Celebrity Eclipse (nice but oh so pretentious), Costa Deliziosa (wonderful!) and Costa Diadema (very flash). We tried Thomson, which at first we thought of as being rather like Fred Olsen but without the formality, better organised, and more relaxed. Then Thomson was rebranded and acquired medium-sized ships like Marella Discovery and Explorer, which suited us perfectly.

Looking back, I think that the way a ship is operated is far more important than its size.
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Postby Gillzajoker » 22 Feb 2019 13:08

It's good that there is a choice for all our individual preferences! :D
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Re: A cruise ship documentary on Channel 5 tonight at 9:00 pm

Postby Seamouse » 22 Feb 2019 16:21

I quite enjoyed the programme, I am always interested to see what goes on behind the scenes. We have been on galley and theatre tours, and once a bridge tour ( on a smaller ship). I agree with Dave, it is not so much the size of the ship, but the crew themselves, and perhaps the activities/entertainment that is available that makes a good ship., and overall way they operate.
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Re: A cruise ship documentary on Channel 5 tonight at 9:00 pm

Postby Peka » 25 Feb 2019 10:58

Caught up on this last night, interesting to see behind the scenes. See they are still making the sea gruel :sick: for the fish.

But beyond the operations that keep them afloat, it didn't really inspire me to sail MSC, maybe that it is ship in the area. :? :oops: maybe I'm getting old that seemed a bit of a party ship :lol: I'm more interested in the itinerary.
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