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Why Cruise Ships Stay Upright in Any Weather

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A majestic snow-white cruise ship looks like a piece of art. It's a city in itself, with cafes, stores, swimming pools, gyms, and a water park. Everything, from its impressive size to the number of passengers on board, leaves unprepared observers speechless. The biggest mystery for some people is, "How does this big guy stay afloat and avoid keeling over?"

Cruise ships are built to withstand 50-ft waves. Such huge waves are a rarity, and a typical ship is unlikely to come across one of those during its career. But still, cruise ships are surprisingly well-prepared for all bad weather Mother Nature has in her bag of tricks. They're designed to handle even severe storms during the hurricane season!

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The world's largest cruise ship 0:29
Can it flip over? 1:10
HOW cruise ships manage to stay afloat 2:01
What can put this vessel at risk 4:39
Why cruise ships try to avoid storms 5:26

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- The Symphony of the Seas is a really big boat. With 22 restaurants, an ice rink, a 9-story zip line, robot bartenders, theaters, water slides, and climbing walls, who’s got time to look at the water? It's the world's largest cruise ship.
- A cruise ship can roll to almost 60 degrees before it's in danger of tipping over! Plus, cruise ships are built to withstand 50-ft waves.
- Cruise ships are surprisingly well-prepared for all bad weather Mother Nature has in her bag of tricks. They're designed to handle even severe storms during the hurricane season.
- Usually, no more than 30 ft of the vessel sits under the water, which is only about 10% of the ship's overall height.
- If you look at a cruise ship's hull, you'll notice its unusual shape: it's wide and rounded. This helps the vessel to move smoothly and with minimal drag - that's a force which slows a ship down.
- Even though a cruise ship towers above the surface, its center of gravity is far below the waterline.
- Buoyancy, low center of gravity, and ballast keep a cruise ship stable. But there is one natural phenomenon that can still put this vessel at risk, and it's not wind!
- Being equipped with plenty of modern gismos, cruise ships still try to avoid or outrun any serious storm they're likely to come across.
- Most cruise lines have an opportunity to observe all their ships in real time and change their routes if there is a hurricane, typhoon, massive storm, or fog ahead.
- Sometimes, a cruise ship doesn't manage to dodge a storm and has to force its way through the waves. If it happens, the most important thing is to keep the ship's front (called the bow) pointed into the waves.
- Cruise ships are equipped with special stabilizers that prevent them from tilting to one side too much.
- It's hard for ships to avoid bad weather altogether because every year, the average cruise ship travels more than 84,000 miles!

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