10th Unlock the Past Cruise: Day 12 Behind the Scenes

10th Unlock the Past Cruise: Day 12 Behind the Scenes

Day 12 – at Sea (Thursday 25 February 2016)
Our cruise continues, and this post is part 1 of my report of Day 12 of the 10th Unlock the Past cruise. I spent the whole morning of this day exploring the ship. And I don’t mean the regular public areas (any of the 16 decks), even though there are areas of this ship I haven’t seen yet. But in this case I’m meaning the areas that passengers normally don’t get to see. I was fortunate enough to be able to take part in a “Behind the Scenes” tour of the ship. The rest of Day 12s happenings will follow in a separate post.

The day was sea day, so it was a full day of talks, but I skipped the morning ones to take part in the tour and to say it was fascinating is an understatement.

We were taken to the bridge and met the captain, the stage and costume area, the mooring station (where the ropes and anchors are) – they are beyond HUGE, the recycling area (they recycle nearly everything), the food storage and freezer areas, the wine and beer storage room, the engineering room, one of the nine or so galley (food preparation areas), the crew “mess hall” meal area, the crew bar and their shop, the main hall way (highway I95). Two places that I was hoping to see, that wasn’t on this tour was the laundry and printing areas – they are fascinating. Oh well. The tour was followed by a special lunch at the Silk Harvest Restaurant (the asian specialty restaurant onboard), however I didn’t stay for that, as I needed to get back to the conference.

Anyway I wanted to share some of the amazing stats and pictures from this four hour tour. As with the pics in my earlier posts, click on each for a larger image.

A few statistics:
– 16 decks
– 317m (1041ft) length, 43m (121ft) width
– maximum cruising speed 24 knots
– uses 240 tonnes of fuel per hour (126 gallows per mile)
– 1426 staterooms
– 2690 passengers (max 2850)
– 1246 crew members
– crew comes from 70 different countries
– English is the common language
– 17 bars and/or restaurants

And a few average stats for food and drink based on an average 7 night cruise. For more see the last photo below.
– 22,654 pounds of beef
– 10,211 pounds of chicken
– 26,812 pounds of fresh vegetables
– 9,235 dozen eggs
– 2,450 tea bags
– 120 pounds of herbs and spics
– 11,904 bottles of wine
– 19,200 litres of beer

view backwards from the bridge of the Celebrity Solstice

view backwards from the bridge of the Celebrity Solstice

view from the bridge

view from the bridge

One of the many rope wheels (my term) in the mooring area. These are the ropes that are used when the ship docks

One of the many rope wheels (that’s my term btw) in the mooring area. These are the ropes that are used when the ship docks

one of the anchor chain wheels in the mooring station

one of the anchor chain wheels in the mooring station

costume area of the stage performers

costume area of the stage performers

the I95 corridor on the Celebrity Solstice

a sign on the I95 corridor on the Celebrity Solstice

a few of the 100s of boxes of fruit oonboard

a few of the 1000s of boxes of fruit onboard

great to see South Australian melons being used onboard

great to see South Australian melons being used

just a few of the 1000s of bottle of wine and beer

just a few of the 1000s of bottles of wine

one of the galley (food preparation) sections onboard

one of the galley (food preparation) sections onboard

one of the galley (food preparation) sections onboard

one of the galley (food preparation) sections onboard
chefs of the left preparing food, the waiters on the right getting their orders

the Silk Harvest Restaurant

the Silk Harvest Restaurant

average store supplies used on the Celebrity Solstice

average store supplies used on the Celebrity Solstice

The rest of Day 12 and following days to come shortly …

Related Posts:
10th Unlock the Past Cruise: Days 1-3 Embarking, Roses and Glow-worms
10th Unlock the Past Cruise: Days 4-6 Genealogy, Crazy Wind and Step Record
10th Unlock the Past Cruise: Days 7-10 Chocolate, Bagpipes, Mountains and Talks Galore
10th Unlock the Past Cruise: Day 11 Hummer, Didgeridoos, Sunshine

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