Female cruise captain reveals well-kept secret about what REALLY happens onboard. Kara Godfrey has shared the same in Express.
First US woman cruise ship lead
Cruise captain Kate McCue, 38, became the first US woman to lead a cruise ship after joining Celebrity Cruises, taking the same to the sea. She has revealed the secrets within the bridge during a ship’s voyage.
As one of the few female captains in the world, she often reveals some of the secrets of life on a cruise ship.
Secrets within the Bridge
One common question she is often asked, according to an interview with Escape, is about driving the ship. Worryingly, she confirmed she is rarely in the bridge when the ship is sailing. Thankfully it is still safe without her driving the cruise liner.
“One of the questions I get asked frequently when walking around the ship is “if you’re here, then who is driving?”, assuming that I live on the bridge,” she said.
She says she does not spend 24/7 on the bridge. “I will go up for arrivals, departures and any time the team needs me but there are a minimum of three qualified and licensed officers manning the bridge at all times so I can be around the ship,” she said.
Thankfully, the rest of the crew are able to drive the liner so she can deal with other issues and tasks around the ship.
Cruise ship safety procedures
Cruise ships, despite their size, are extremely safe to travel on so passengers can rest assured.
They have a number of safety procedures in place for any disasters or accidents.
One of the biggest threats to cruise ship safety is norovirus, which can easily be spread across the contained environment. Anyone who has the symptoms of norovirus is quarantined to their cabin until the contagious disease has gone.
Procedures to fight pirates
Another threat, although less likely, is the threat of a pirate attack. Certain routes through Africa and Asia are susceptible to attacks by pirates at night.
Cruise ships have a number of procedures to fight back against them, such as water cannons and high pitched alarms.
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