Saturday, January 14, 2012

Cruise Ship Confession: ‘I’ll never set foot aboard a cruise ship’

         Good Day Humboldt County!

 I’ll be straightforward…when it comes to cruise ships, I’m a chicken. In 1958 (I was eight) the movie “A Night To Remember” came out. It was about the Titanic’s last hours and was based upon the novel of the same name by Walter Lord.

 The novel told the story of the ships last night in a  "you-are-there" minute-by-minute fashion. So did the movie. I was riveted to my seat as the supposedly unsinkable ship slowly sunk into the icy Atlantic. The theatre got cold. Something happened to me that day. I made a silent vow to never go on a cruise. Even when my wife went last year, I could not be persuaded to partake in such folly! I knew bad things happened on, and in, cruise ships. People get sick because they all eat from buffet style offerings and the cooties go nuts in that environment. Unpleasant odors. Poor hygiene. I could go on…

Two recent events made me recall the Titanic’s fate, and why I don’t do cruise ships. You however may not be a total coward and might even be interested in the second story. The first will give you a pause. I threw the third story in because it supports part of my contentions about cruises. I’m just saying…  

                                            Cruise ship runs aground off Italy; deaths reported

A cruise ship (above photo) with 4,200 people on board ran aground on the island of Giglio, off the Tuscan coast, on Friday night. Three bodies were found, officials said, and there were unconfirmed news reports of a total of six or eight deaths. New reports said 69 people were still missing early Saturday.

 The Telegraph of London said some passengers jumped from the steeply listing Costa Concordia and swam a short distance to the island. 'I thought that was the end': Passengers tell of panic on wrecked cruise ship

"Have you seen 'Titanic?' That's exactly what it was," said Valerie Ananias, 31, a schoolteacher from Los Angeles who was traveling with her sister and parents on the first of two cruises around the Mediterranean.

They all had dark red bruises on their knees from the desperate crawl they endured along hallways and stairwells that were nearly vertical, trying to reach rescue boats. "We were crawling up a hallway, in the dark, with only the light from the life vest strobe flashing," her mother, Georgia Ananias, 61, said. "We could hear plates and dishes crashing, people slamming against walls."

                                             Cruise ships to set sail, commemorate Titanic's sinking

With the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic fast approaching, interest is building all over the world for this historic occasion.

There are two themed Cruises with descendants of Titanic passengers, enthusiasts and cruise passengers getting the opportunity to be part of history.Both cruises go to the site where the Titanic sank on its Maiden and fateful voyage. A special Memorial Service will take place at the exact time the Titanic sank 100 years before.

Passengers sue Thomson Cruises over smelly ship

Unhappy passengers who sailed on Thomson Cruises' flagship, Thomson Dream, nearly two years ago are taking legal action against the cruise line because of unpleasant smells and poor hygiene, according to a local media report.

Staffordshire's local Web site says the claims are being made by 205 holidaymakers who sailed on the 55,000-ton, 1,506-passenger Thomson Dream between May and October 2010, immediately following its acquisition from Costa Cruises. At the time, Cruise Critic reported a number of teething problems on the ship, including faulty plumbing and dodgy air conditioning.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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