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Cruise Ship Worker Explains What Happens When Ships Get Too Old

The average cruise ship has a lifespan of about 30 years, and some of the cruise liners you see sailing today have been around since the 90s. Even before the end of their lifespan, though, some cruise ships start experiencing mechanical issues. Nobody wants to sail on a dated cruise ship that's breaking down!

So what happens to a cruise ship when it starts showing its age? For the answer, we can turn to cruise ship performer @bryanjamescruises, who's had experience working on a cruise ship during a "dry dock."

As fun and glamorous as life on a cruise ship can seem at times, it's not all sunshine and roses. Even though Bryan is a musician, not a construction worker, he still had to participate in the refurbishment process at dry dock, even if it just meant being on firewatch. At least we know how they keep old cruise ships going!

"Please explain...You are a musician on the ship, why are you doing this?" @jannie6679 wondered. We thought it was odd ourselves, but it turns out that many crew members elect to stay and help out the contractors with refurbishments at dry dock for a couple weeks.

A few other seafaring followers complained about their experiences with dry docks as well. "Yea my ship is at the shipyard rn and it’s actual hell," complained @jaidenc44. "Yeah, I went though two dry docks on my US Navy ship. Suck!!!! Fire watches can go f**k themselves!" @jacksonreznik empathetically exclaimed. LOL!

Despite this though, there were actually a few crew members who enjoyed the dry dock experience!

"I love dry dock! Went to one in Cadiz, it was so exciting," @adventures_with_e said. "I was on a dry dock for 2 weeks in France, it was fine. A.C. was still working, it was just refurbishments and painting outside- no fire watching," claimed @austinbuzz12 (notice how he mentioned their AC still worked, though). 

Even with these dissenting opinions,  though, we're still not convinced. Sometimes we're jealous of Bryan's cruise ship lifestyle... but this is one aspect we'd be ok with passing on. Still, thank goodness for both contractors and crew alike who work hard at refurbishing ships. They're the reason your vessel stays safe, strong, and running smoothly while you're at sea!

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