My first ship, U.S.S. Samuel Eliot Morison FFG-13
Back in 1981, I was a 20 year old sailor standing in front of 3 separate pieces of my first ship, FFG-13 at the Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.
The officers and crew totaled 176 souls onboard.
When you consider that a modern cruise ship can serve over 5000 guests and over a 1000 crew, building such a vessel is truly amazing.
Modern technology has made shipbuilding faster, safer and more economical.
When you consider go-kart tracks, amazing high-tech show lounges, specialty dining venues, and even a microbrewery onboard, cruise ships have now become the travel destination!
Many of the cruise lines continue to build modern cruise ships at a rapid pace. Carnival, Holland America Line and Norwegian are building more ships to add to their fleets, while newcomers Virgin Voyages and the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection are starting their journey into the cruise industry.
You can go on YouTube and see many videos about the steps in making a cruise ship from the cutting of the first piece of steel to the placing of the coin.
Watching the installation of the guest cabins is almost like seeing a Lego action figure being put together!
Click on the link below from telegraph.co.uk for even more details about the ship building process, and be amazed.