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Cruise ship facilities

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From Principles of Tourism 2 …

From Principles of Tourism 2
By: Buen Santos and Ronald Manzano

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  • 1. CRUISE SHIP FACILITIES 1. STATEROOM SPACE If hotels have guestrooms, a cruise ship has a stateroom or a cabin. Ship staterooms are usually extremely compact but all spaces are well utilized to answer all the guests need. There are three types of ship staterooms: a. Outside staterooms are meant for guests who may have a preference for an ocean view. Since most of the spaces in cruise ships are well utilized, this type of room does not give off a feeling of smallness due to its ocean view. b. Inside staterooms are cheaper than outside staterooms since they do not have windows. To create a bigger space for the room, several deign methods have been employed by cruise ships, like the use of colors, patterns, and mirrors. c. As with hotels, suites are the most expensive rooms on a ship. Today, suites in cruise ships may be comparable to land-based hotels. Services and facilities inside the room are highly personalized to exceed guest expectations. 2. PRIVATE SPACE Private spaces are reserved for the ship’s personnel. These include the crew’s cabins, cafeteria, gym and recreational facilities, the bridge where the vessel is controlled, the gallery or kitchen, and machine areas. 3. PUBLIC SPACES These are areas dedicated to passengers’ usage. The public areas in cruise ships are similar with those of land-based hotels. The following are the areas that comprise the public area section of cruise ships. a. Reception Area Similar to a hotel lobby, the reception area in cruise ships has several offices. These offices have direct contact with guests. b. Dining Room This is where the guests’ meals are served. Similar to the food and beverage outlets typical in land-based hotels, the size of the dining area usually depends on the carrying capacity of the vessel. c. Showroom This serves as the ship’s venue for entertainment and business functions, such as conventions, conferences, and meetings. d. Pool Area Principles of Tourism 2 • Buen Santos •Ronald G. Manzano
  • 2. One of the many recreation centers in cruise ships, this area also has food and beverage outlets and relaxation areas for the passengers.e. Gym, Spa, and Sports Facilitiesf. Children’s Area This area offers babysitting services to a wide range of age groups. As compared with land-based hotels, this service may only be availed in top land based as part of their highly personalized services. Principles of Tourism 2 • Buen Santos •Ronald G. Manzano

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