The ships, which include Cunard's Queen Mary 2, Silversea's Silver Whisper and Silver Wind, and Holland America's Rotterdam and Oosterdam, will provide accommodation for VIPs and athletes. Queen Mary 2 has nabbed many high profile guests, such as French president Jacques Chirac and the U.S. men's basketball team. Former president George H. W. Bush is also staying onboard a ship, though the vessel has not been identified. One ship is actually housing tourists visiting the games -- that's Holland America's Westerdam.
Even as the cruise industry has embraced high levels of security no matter where ships sail, these vessels will be subjected to even more intense procedures, what a news report calls "war like security." This includes patrolling by elite commando forces, barbed wire fences with motion sensors, and detectors that can pick up radiological, biological or chemical matter.