(Title: Meeting the Captain) What’s incredible about steering a giant ship like this one is there’s no one single steering wheel. It is a conglomeration of many systems, and the person at the head of it was nice enough to tell me all about it. Captain Foster, (ID: Captain John Foster) before all this technology… Mm-hmm…. how did you do it? Well, first and foremost, the ships used to be open-bridge ones. Okay. We’ve enclosed this now — it’s all beautiful — because of all the technology that’s here.So, back in the day, first, the ships are a lot smaller, of course. You’d still have radio communications, but what is here, we need sort of a machine to tell us exactly where the wind is and what speed it is. Of course, back in the day you’d feel it in your face. Absolutely. I haven’t yet felt seasick, thank goodness.How do you counteract that? Well, if the weather was such that the ship was moving, we would deploy one of our two stabilizers. And they operate just like an aircraft wing to keep the ship absolutely upright and stable. How does the boat move? It sounds like a ridiculous question, but…. We are propelled by two propellers and there’s spin around and there they’re turned by what we call diesel-electric propulsion so they’re actually turned by huge electric motors. There’s over 5,000 people here under your care, really, while you’re at sea. What are the safety precautions you have in place to make sure that we all get to where we need to go (laughter) in one piece? This is a very modern cruise ship. She’s got multiple layers of safety systems to ensure everybody remains safe on board this ship. We’ve got highly trained and competent officers so I’m in actually no doubt at all this is a very safe mode of transport, and a very safe and enjoyable way to spend your vacation. .