In light of the stupid mistakes of the ships crew and captain of the carnival cruise ship, would you cancel any future cruises?
I think I would think twice about it.
I'd rather fly! Don't like being a captive audience nor do I love food that much! A floating buffet for some!
Not in the slightest. In fact I'm more likely to go on a cruise than before.
You can bet all the cruise lines are scrambling to beef up their safety programs in the wake of this, so for the next year or so, cruising will be safer than ever! The cruise companies have become complacent in recent years because there have been so few incidents - many have stopped requiring guests to do lifeboat drill with lifejackets, and some don't even bother having a practice muster, just showing a video instead. They'll all be going back to doing full lifeboat drills and taking them seriously - and no captain will dare deviate from the official set course, as this one appears to have done.
In spite of all that, I'm sure there will be a lot of cancellations on cruises this year so I'll be able to get a bargain!
The concept of a cruise has never attracted me in the slightest. If I have a certain amount of time to spare for a holiday away, I want to spend it in interesting places rather than hanging around on a ship. If I simply want to read and eat, I can do that at home.
WriteAngled, I went on my first cruise last year, and it was wonderful. I'm one of those who was leery of being stuck on a ship, eating too much, but it was nothing like that. The secret is to choose an itinerary where you arrive at a new port every day or every second day, then the boat just becomes a floating hotel. It's like going on a coach tour, but you don't have to pack and unpack every day, so you're much fresher and better able to enjoy the sights.
Our 11 day cruise visited Messina, Athens, Ephesus, Crete and Rhodes and we had a full day in each port - plus two full days in Istanbul. That was quite enough interesting places for me!
Life is full of risks even a airplane will crash I would still go on a cruise because no 2 captains n crew are the same
Anyone who is a traveler will not anything stop them from traveling. This includes disasters. Life is about taking risks. I took my first cruise shy of 9/11. I've taken other cruises since then with my husband. In fact, there's a cruise of Hawaii coming up this year. Cancel a cruise or any travel plans? You've got to be kidding! If I've got the money, Honey, I'm spending every last dime on travel.
I cruised around Cape Horn with my Step Father a few years back with NCL, and it was amazing. We went to so many wonderful places, Santiago, Chile, Argentina, the Falkland Islands, Buenos Aires, etc. I loved it, and the ship was so huge it was easy to get lost on it. I highly recommend these as a holidays, and no, the recent 'accident' wouldn't put me off at all, not least because so far it appears it could well have happened as the result of a Captain 'showing off' to a friend on the shore and risking the ship and the passengers and crew by taking it very close to the rocks in order to 'wave' at his friend ashore. Additionally this cowardly Captain left the ship before everyone else was safely rescued, (one of the worst crimes any Captain can commit!) Apparently this particular company also have other 'accidents' in their history according to my Step Father. How on earth would it be fair to judge other cruise liners against this one based on all that information?
Edit: I still rate my chances of getting into the sea in one piece from a cruise liner far higher than my chances of getting to sea in one piece (and alive) from a crashing plane.
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