A Question About The Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Crash

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This is a cruise ship that DIDN'T crash.

I've always turned down cruise-ship trips -- even free ones -- because I hate water and am always sure I'll turn green from the seasickness, not to mention the abject boredom.

I also hate the feeling of being trapped -- even if it's on a luxury liner -- and have never considered a form of transportation to be a leisure activity in itself.

(I.e., I've never entertained thoughts like, "Gee, I'd love to fly in a plane, just for the fun of it!" -- and certainly not a subway.)

Plus I don't want to be stuck with all sorts of pushy strangers and subjected to weird shipboard entertainment and questionable buffets that might not be to my middlebrow liking.

But with the horrible Costa Concordia crash, this brings up all new questions.

Even if you do love these types of excursions, and let's say you can afford them:

Would you think twice before boarding such a thing now?

Might you just fly to your destination instead (or just cancel the whole thing)?

And how creepy is it that a Carnival cruise commercial aired right before the local news report breaking the story?


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Ron Bruguiere
Ron Bruguiere

Every ship I've ever been on has always had a safety drill immediately after everyone has settled down in their cabin, and then you're called to your muster station with your life preserver on. It may be before the ship leaves port, but usually it's just after it's departed the pier. 

The Concordia never had one, they were going to do it the next day! 

Toni
Toni

I couldn't imagine going on a cruise ship...until I did...and have been on 4 since. Actually a lovely way to travel, outstanding food, the option of being by yourself or among people as you wish. Some lines are Days Inn and others are Four Seasons. Best advice is stick with a more upscale line and less tourist trap destinations (this sounds dickish, I know) and you can avoid the obese families with screaming children.  

Cannuck
Cannuck

I got talked into an "all-gay" cruise a couple of yearsago, hitherto known as "that fucking faggot" cruise. At one point Iserious contemplated whether my weak swimming abilities could get me to theshores of Cuba. Think 24 hour disco party populated byaging queens, and many costume/drag changes each louder than the last. The objective of most of the passengers was to drink the most alcohol, consumethe most pharmaceuticals, and get laid the most often. Not for me, but others seemed to be having agood time.

latenitebump
latenitebump

what did you expect? charo to come out and do a number?

candy
candy

i went on a carnival cruise as a family trip, I really didnt like it and found it tacky..Its more for married people with kids i thought... I wouldnt do it again

Gregorama
Gregorama

Maybe the full story hasn't come out yet....but what raised my eyebrow was the fact that the captain of the ship was immediately thrown into prison and is supposedly going to be charged with abandoning ship, manslaughter--or even murder.  Unless he was drunk/drugged or had left his post, why is he instantly the devil incarnate?  I'm certainly not defending him, I'm just genuinely curious as to what makes this different than a train or plane crash?  I've never heard of an airline pilot involved in a fatal crash being charged with murder.  From what I've heard so far, it just seems like he fucked up and hit a reef...or did I miss something?

Sanders
Sanders

Because he abandoned ship and was floating in a lifeboat and he was getting repeated angry orders to go back on board and do his duty and see who was left and what their needs were. He kept refusing to do so, but then he finally conceded. Whether he really went back on board is not known yet.

Gregorama
Gregorama

Yikes...with the release today of the recordings of him making a getaway and refusing to go back on board, I think I see what the "problem" is.  Not good.

Viv
Viv

This is all Kathie Lee's fault!

Gjc100_98
Gjc100_98

I went on a carnival cruise 2 years ago to Central America.  It was a group of us for a friend's birthday.  I never went on one before.  The first thing I noticed was how many obese people were on the cruise.  Well over 50%.  There were bathrobes in the room so people would walk around the ship in them, instead of wearing them only in the cabin.  I could go on and on about what I saw.  And you don't get much time at your destination points, and it's not like you even left the country.  Every where we stopped took American money and everyone spoke English.  I never really saw the countries we stopped at.  But I did drink alot!

MSpeer
MSpeer

I have taken one cruise in my life. On a Carnival ship. Not a gay cruise, either, just a plain old cruise to the Caribbean.

Michael--With enough drammamine to keep your tummy stable I suggest your taking a cruise--but only as a sociological experience. You've seen the NY club scene as well as many others in your long career. And I think you should also experience this one to check out the over-the-top super cheesy interiors found on these vessels, the fascinating families and groups that go on these cruises, and the rituals of those seasoned travelers in the casinos, the bars, and on the pool decks. The fascinating pomp-and-circumstance of the portrait sessions when the passengers, in their their Sunday best, come down the stairs of the grand salon like Follies girls awaiting their chance to have their pictures taken on one of several exotic and bizarre backdrops. Not to mention the spectacle of when they place them all out on display for all to see like a side show!

ANd the social host of our cruise, whose name I will not mention, was straight (wrong word) out of central casting--"Yes, folks, and you know why? Because we're going to have FUN!!!" Said with a carnival barker's maniacal glee and subtext meaning get 'em to spend more money!

And the karaoke! I could go on but I won't. Yes, I think you would very much appreciate a cruise, despite the mess in Italy.

boat hater
boat hater

I agree ,I think most of would love to read about how awful the trip was. You must suffer for your art.

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

I like cruises and did several with family (you can lose them easily as everyone finds their own thing to do on big ships) and to my mind Carnival is the epitome of what everyone abhors...esp. back in the day when Kathy Lee was shilling for them...the "all-gay" cruises scare me more.

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