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To Cruise or Not
Take a Cruise?
Some people, like myself, prefer being in control of things. When you are a passenger, this is not possible. This is why I do not want to be a passenger on a train, on a plane or in a car and most definitely not on a cruise ship.
Several years ago, my husband and I were in the Florida Keys and we signed up for luncheon on a Gambling Cruise. When we were far enough out at sea to legally gamble, the ship hit rough waters. We were both green. We stepped back from the blackjack tables unable to participate because we were so ill. Many other passengers felt the same way. As a collective green group of suffering people, we asked the crew members if we could head back to shore. They refused to do so saying it would be unfair to those passengers who still wished to gamble. We were held captive on that rocky ship for several hours. My husband made a pact with God, that he would never "Cruise" again. When we finally got back to our hotel room, it took a day for us to recuperate.
Over the years, our friends have invited us to go on cruises with them, but we always look at each other, recount our Gambling Cruise experience, and refuse. They tell us that the ships are so large, we won't even feel the waves. Sure.
My cousins were planning a trip to tour Italy and invited me to the planning sessions. When they decided to take a cruise of Italy, I dropped out. When I heard the news about the Costa Concordia, it further strengthened my resolve. I wish them a safe journey and I'll be praying for them, from my cozy home.
My brother-in-law just returned from a cruise but he and his wife contracted and brought home the Norovirus. They insist they had a great time.
When I see stories on the news about missing cruise passengers, my imagination gets carried away. I see a couple of guys drinking at a bar, fighting over a girl, One of the guys strikes a fatal blow. Then he persuades his friends to pretend the guy is drunk and they take him outside for air. When no one is looking they throw the body overboard and head back to the bar to play darts. I see a man walking on deck at night with his wife, she's complaining that he paid too much attention to another woman. He then picks her up, throws her overboard and finishes his drink.
Hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed cruising and I say, good for them...but as I watch "Titanic" for the 23rd time I'm thinking, it's not for me.