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To Cruise or Not

Updated on October 17, 2012
Cruise Ship  at Sea
Cruise Ship at Sea

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.


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      Sondra Rochelle 5 years ago from USA

      I agree with you 100%. Can't tell you the people who have tried again and again to convince me to cruise. Not me! If I get sick, I want to be on solid ground where I can get to a doctor asap! And I don't want my vacation to make me sick! Great hub!!

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      Marisa Wright 5 years ago from Sydney

      @tobusiness, I think it's also a case of different cruises. I chose a cruise which stopped at a different port nearly every single day. So the cruise ship was more like my floating hotel, where I woke up each morning, ate a hearty breakfast and set off to explore a new destination, then came back each night to a gourmet dinner and a restful sleep. No early morning starts or daily packing/unpacking like on a coach tour!

      I absolutely loved my cruise. But I would've been bored if I'd chosen a cruise which spent a lot of daylight hours at sea.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      I must say, I'm a bit like you, I don't like cruises.

      I was stuck on a cruise down the themes only for a couple of hours, but the music was too loud and I felt like jumping over the side. never-mind being pushed.

      Ended up with a splitting headache and a vow, never again, years ago I was on an ocean cruise and hated every minute of it, but several of my friend really enjoyed cruises, I guess it's a case of different strokes...

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      Mardi 5 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

      I haven't been on a cruise, not my idea of a great vacation being stuck around other people. I am more of a camping or hiking type of person. Maybe someday, and if it was for free, I would give it a try :)!

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      Marisa Wright 5 years ago from Sydney

      The recent incident with the Costa Concordia made headlines because it's SO rare for fatalities to happen if a cruise ship has an accident. Before Concordia, there had been a total of 9 lives lost in cruise ship "disasters" in the last 30 years.

      Think about how many people have died in plane crashes in that time - yet I'm sure you still get on a plane?

      I understand what a horrible experience you had on the gambling cruise. Sea sickness is awful - as they say, first you think you're going to die, then you wish you could. But it's completely avoidable, and now you know you're susceptible, all you need do is take a mild seasickness remedy (ginger is very effective) and you'll be fine.

      I am also prone to seasickness but I have no trouble on the big ships (3000 passengers and up).

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      Dawn A. Harden 5 years ago from CT-USA

      As the recent incident with the Captain of the cruise liner allegedly abandoning his crew and guests proves, it can be a risky and costly venture. Just to find out you don't like it anyway.

      A day cruise may suit some better than a boat leaving land for days.

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      Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

      I think you have watched Titanic too many times. lol However, you make some good points, and your gambling experience pretty much seals the deal.