This week marked the ninth annual Guiness World Records day, when hundreds of people from all over the globe came together to break some (pretty obscure!) world records. From people dressed up as ninjas, to spinning hula hoops, to running 100 metres on all fours, there were a wide variety of world record attempts made to mark the occasion.
But what about the cruise world? Do we have any records to be proud of? You bet we do! Read on to discover our three favourites…
Largest cruise ship
Currently, the largest cruise ship is Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, which weighs in at 225,282 tonnes and can accommodate up to 6,296 guests in over 2,700 staterooms.
With big ships come big facilities and Allure of the Seas does not disappoint. The interior of the ship has a huge park with real living plants plus shops and restaurants dotted around its edge. Its size also allows for other exciting activities that you wouldn’t normally be able to fit on a cruise liner, like a zipline, a rock climbing wall and two-storey loft suites. Allure of the Seas really has to be seen to be believed!
The longest cruise currently scheduled is due to take place upon Insignia, a mid-sized ship run by luxury cruise line Oceania. The 180-day voyage will set off from Miami on the 10th January 2015, and will travel through all 24 time zones – making it a true “round the world” trip!
The route will cover 5 continents, 44 countries and 89 ports of call. There are 11 overnight stays and several 2-night stops in Cape Town, Yangon, Singapore and Shanghai. Across the duration of the trip, guests will experience sailing over 3 oceans and 10 seas, and get the chance to visit 47 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Fancy this epic trip for yourself? Prices start from £32,949 per person, but be quick before these red hot tickets sell out!
Most experienced passenger
Perhaps the most experienced cruise passenger is Mario Salcedo, who comes from Miami in Florida. Since 1997, he’s clocked up around 640 cruises, nearly 500 of which have been on his favourite cruise line, Royal Caribbean International.
The keen cruiser is on-board a ship 50 weeks of the year, and he has visited over 100 countries during his travels. The self-proclaimed “frequent floater” became a cruise addict after leaving his job at 48 – and he now funds his lifestyle by managing client’s trading portfolios while relaxing on board.
Being the experienced cruiser that he is, Mario has some top tips for both first-time and seasoned passengers alike, which you can read here.
Fancy going on the biggest cruise ship, going on the longest cruise or having a go at becoming the world’s most experienced passenger? Let us know in the comments below!
Images via Oceania Cruises and Royal Caribbean
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