eli5 How do they keep cruise ships from tipping over in really bad weather?

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eli5 How do they keep cruise ships from tipping over in really bad weather?

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1. They either try to move out of the way (avoid) of bad weather.
2. Use stablizing tech like ballast.
3. Turn the ship to handle the waves.

I’m a cruiser with a science undergrad degree, and it still blows my mind that they float at all.

Ships also have gyroscopes (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-rolling_gyro#:~:text=Ship%20stabilizing%20gyroscopes%20are%20a,of%20reduced%20cost%20and%20weight.)

Just as the spinning wheels of a bike prevent it from tipping, a gyroscope stabilizes the boat against rolling