Friday, 14 October 2011

A little info about the ship...

I'm gettting questions about the ship, and starting to realize I haven't told you much about it other than what fits in stories.  I'll have to try and do a photo tour soon, but in the meantime, here's a link to a 360 tour of the ship:

The ship is 152 meters long by 23.7 meters wide, and a draft of 6 meters.  Originally built in 1980 as a Danish Rail ferry, it was refurbished to be a hospital ship by Mercy Ships.  Approximately 400 staff are housed on board, from around 40 countries, but this can change on a daily basis as people come and go.  Living quarters include 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 10 berth cabins as well as family cabins.  There are 4 wards (A,B,C,D), an ICU, recovery room, and 6 operating rooms. 
It is NOT a cruise ship, but we do have a Starbucks cafe where the beverages are only 50c to 1$US, an internet cafe, midships lounge, communal dining room, lounge chairs on the upper deck (only about 5), a small pool (that we call a wave pool because of the way the rocking of the ship makes the water rush from side to side) on the top deck, and a small play structure on deck 8.  It's comfortable, if you're okay spending most of your time surrounded by people, a little crowded if you get overwhelmed easily. 
Please ask any questions you want about the ship, and I'll answer within my abilities.

1 comment:

Matt, Kara, Hunter and Cavan said...

Wow! I had no clue the ship was that big!

How many ships does Mercy Ships have out working?