There are a few things about this story that should give us pause for thought in
making decisions as to whether this type of holiday is right for our personal set
of circumstances. Speaking first about the life boat drill, people didn't have one
but if they did who would attend? Seriously, if you fly a lot, you know as well as
I do that people are talking and reading and doing God knows what else while
those in charge do the safety drill. Many would not survive in a minor incident
simply because they did not pay attention.
There is the thought also, that a cruise does put some people at risk. For instance
those who are infirm, or handicapped, those who are elderly and very young kids.
Being on the open sea is like flying a jet to Asia. There is a limited risk in flying
but its a short period in terms of the entire adventure so the period of risk is quite
minimal. A cruise on the other hand is a risk at all times, there is no safe harbour
in times of trouble only the skill of those in charge give you an edge during the
We need to ensure the Captains and crews are well qualified. That is not always
the case, as people are hired who will work cheap in many cases, and they are
not usually the most qualified. It might suggest its a Dutch cruise ship, or a
Swedish cruise ship but the crew could come from anywhere. People have to in
fact assess what the odds are of a serious problem, and what their personal
chances for survival are. If the person is comfortable with the risk factor fine but
all too often people ignore the risk, they ignore the possibility of problems and
they just go along.
Risk could come from everything from heart trouble to not being able to swim.