At first when Shirley was feeling sick and throwing up we thought it was because of the rough water... but when I got it later and the ocean wasn't nearly as rough, we thought our sickness might have been caused by something we ingested. I am blaming it on the water from a fountain beside the walking/jogging track where we stopped for a drink... and even filled up our empty water bottles to save a few dollars. Tsk, tsk. It happened right after we did that.
Since I was feeling pretty punky we came back to the ship for lunch and I slept most of the afternoon between runs to the bathroom. It was a lousy afternoon for me...
What a fascinating construction project. It has 8 diesel engines... each one over 17,000 horsepower. The movie shows the first plate of 1" steel that was cut to start the hull. There was over 300,000 pieces of steel welded together to build this ship.
Many components of the ship were built in different countries and then shipped to Finland for assembly. All the cabins, for example were prefabricated... and you can see in the movie one of those modules being inserted. This two minute movie lacks the details of the one hour one... but it will give you a bit of an idea of the scope of this massive project.
Built in 1998-99 it took three years in planning before actual construction. This clip shows a neat time lapse of the evolution of the ship.
This photo was taken during our first few hours on board... and the monitors with yellow/orange and white is a map of the Mississippi River, which we had to travel down for 8 hours (142 miles) to get to the Gulf of Mexico! And I had always thought New Orleans was right by the ocean!
The Mississippi River averages 165 feet deep between New Orleans and Gulf... and is dotted with lots industries which benefit from using the river for shipping.
Coming back we entered the mouth of the Mississippi around 10 PM Friday evening and were tied up at the dock as the sun came up at 6 AM next morning. Shirley has excellent sunrise photos of our last morning on the ship... it was spectacular! ... so watch for it on her blog.
After breakfast we were in group Green 14 which disembarked about 9:00 AM. The end of a pretty enjoyable week in warm weather.
If you are interested here is a link with comparison specs of the Voyager to the Titanic... take a minute to see the highlights. Cool stuff!
Did you find this blog post helpful in learning about the ship, it's features and getting up and down the Mississippi?