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Cruise Ships Quiz

Test your nautical knowledge...

  1. Which city in the UK has the busiest cruise terminal?
  2. Name the unofficial accolade given to the regular service passenger liner crossing the Atlantic Ocean with the highest average speed?
  3. In 2000, which cruise company purchased KD River Cruises of Europe, giving it the largest river cruising fleet in the world?
  4. The Danube river flows directly through which four capital cities?
  5. What does the 'P' and 'O' stand for in tha acronym P&O?
  6. In which American state is Port Canavera, the world's busiest cruise port?

  7. Which city is home to Prince George Wharf, the largest cruise port in The Bahamas?
  8. What was the last name of the 19th century MP, Samuel, who campaigned for load lines to be painted on the side of ships to prevent overloading and sinking?
  9. What is the proper term for the extreme width of a ship?
  10. Is a nautical mile longer or shorter than a land mile?
  11. The aurora borealis are also known by what name?
  12. When it comes to cruise ships, what does GRT stand for?
  13. A majority of Antarctica cruise ships begin their journey in Ushuaia, which is the southernmost city in which country?
  14. What was the last name of the shipping and cruise line entrepreneur, who was awarded the first British transatlantic steamship mail contract in 1839?
  15. The Titanic had how many funnels?
  16. What adjective describes the side of a boat that's facing away from the wind?
  17. The largest cruise ship in the world, the Wonder of the Seas, is owned by which cruise line brand?
  18. In which Asian city is Marina Bay Sands, a hotel consisting of 3 high-rise buildings connected at the top by a boat-shaped park?
  19. Where has the QE2 been operating as a floating hotel since 2018?
  20. What name starting with the letter 't' is a small boat often used to transport passengers between their cruise ship and the port?
  21. What term was often used by Princess Cruises in their marketing and is associated with the cruise ship Pacific Princess?
  22. Which ship left Southampton for the last time in 1967 to be permanently moored off Long Beach, California?
  23. Can you name the sister ship of the Titanic?
  24. What exactly is the orlop in a ship?
  25. Which British shipping company was founded in Liverpool in 1845?
  26. Which ocean liner departed Liverpool on her maiden voyage in 1907 and at the time was the largest moving structure ever built?
  27. The popular cruise ship port of Cozumel is a mostly undeveloped island in the Caribbean Sea belonging to which country?
  28. RMS Lusitania was sunk in 1915 by a German U-boat 11 miles off the coast of which country?


  1. Southampton
  2. Blue Riband
  3. Viking
  4. Budapest, Bratislava, Belgrade and Vienna
  5. Peninsular & Oriental
  6. Florida
  7. Nassau
  8. Plimsoll
  9. Beam
  10. Slightly longer
  11. Northern lights
  12. Gross registered tonnage
  13. Argentina
  14. Cunard (Samuel Cunard)
  15. Four (three were functional, the fourth was for ventilation and just for show)
  16. Leeward
  17. Royal Caribbean International
  18. Singapore
  19. Dubai
  20. Tender
  21. Love Boat (Pacific Princess was famous as the setting for the TV series The Love Boat)
  22. RMS Queen Mary
  23. The Olympic
  24. Lowest deck
  25. White Star Line
  26. RMS Mauretania
  27. Mexico
  28. Ireland