BAYONNE - News 12 New Jersey's John Bathke explored the unglamorous side of cruise ships on the Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas that left from Bayonne today.

The thousands of passengers on board the massive ship won't see the section down below the promenade shops and state rooms.

This is the area where pounds upon pounds of plastic, paper and glass are recycled. One worker says that the ship recycles its own waste to prevent bacteria growth. Some of the waste is even kept in a large cooler so that the odor doesn't carry throughout the cruise ship.

Rich Pruitt of Royal Caribbean says that the company makes sure that it takes enough precautions, should an emergency arise, that it will have a solid response.

By the time the Explorer of the Seas returns, the ship's six engines will have burned $1 million in fuel.