Interesting trivia - Cruise ship passenger capacity limit

Received an interesting bit of trivia on our last cruise. Guest capacity limit is not set by number of cabins, but by the number of seats on the life boats. So the ships should have excess cabins on all cruises. These cabins are held for guests who may be having problems with their assigned rooms, or for an overnight walk on entertainer like a comedian.

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Nice bit of trivia! Thanks for sharing!

Good to know.

Makes sense. Gotta get off the ship in an emergency.

Absolutely true about lifeboat capacity, but that doesn’t necessarily mean excess cabins. Many staterooms accommodate 3 or 4 passengers, but if they are only booked for 2 you run out of cabins before that lifeboat capacity is reached. Conversely, you could have a vacant cabin that would hold 4 people, but they’ll only put 2 in it because they are close to that lifeboat capacity. (And “lifeboat capacity” is a little misleading too; they also have inflatable rafts as backup that greatly exceed the capacity of the ship.)

Disney Cruise Line also limits capacity by age to maintain the standards of their kid’s programs. So you may be able to bring your 4-year-old along, but your 10-year-old can’t come because that age group has already reached capacity. (Most folks pick a different date rather than leave their 10-year-old at home.Wink)


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