Where inside a cruise ship has a view forward, backward out both sides, and down below? Most passengers never get to see this area of the ship, and if they do may be so interested in everything else they don’t notice, but the best views on board from anywhere inside the ship are found on the bridge!
I’d imagine that is a good thing. The captain, officer of the watch, or whoever else may drive the ship needs to see everything around them far more than the passengers do. Of course the ship has all sorts of electronic gadgets to assist the bridge crew in their navigation.
Every cruise ship bridge we’ve seen had a very tiny steering wheel, almost lost among all the other navigation equipment on the bridge. Unlike the ships of yesteryear steered with their large wheels, modern ships hardly use them. Manual control is usually done with more of a joystick instead.
The front window extends the width of the ship and beyond. The beyond part is what offers the views to the sides, back, and below. Yes, there is a window in the floor. The extensions on either side of the bridge allow the captain to dock on either side of the ship with a good clear view. Both sides have identical navigation stations.
This window aids the captain in docking the ship. With a cruise ship, the captain has a very lot of ship to dock. It’s a good thing ships that large can move sideways (by use of thrusters) as well as forward and backward.
Captain Stefano Battinelli had the honor of taking Carnival Breeze across the ocean on its very first transatlantic cruise. He took the time out of his busy day to show us around the bridge and we even had a cup of tea with him. Cruise ship captains are real people, although they do have far more responsibility than the average person.
Interview with Captain Stefano Battinelli
We did this interview somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on our transatlantic cruise. While looking out the front window we noticed a hitchhiker on the bow.