Posted by: conservativecritic | February 23, 2010

Why You Will Never Find Me on a Cruise Ship…(welcome to one of our most popular blog postings)…



8 Cruise Lines to Avoid in 2015

A lot of factors come into play when rating cruise lines. These include food, cabin quality, cleanliness, service, off-shore excursions, history, entertainment and even the impact on the environment. The following cruise lines fail in at least one of these categories, with some disappointing in a number of them. From a history of unreliable ships to dangerous ports of call to teeny tiny cabins to horrible food, there is no shortage of things that can make a cruise go from good to bad in a matter of seconds. Friends of the Earth (FOE), a compilation of environmental organizations, produces a yearly report card on the cruise ship industry. Based on their recent study, here are 8 cruise lines to avoid in 2015. It makes us wonder, are they any really good reliable cruise lines left on the high seas?

Royal Caribbean

How did a reputable cruise company with spacious cabins, great service, amazing amenities and otherwise good reviews end up on this list? One word; norovirus. This is the fourth time in two years that this company has had to cut cruises short due to an outbreak of this quickly spreading gastrointestinal illness.


Vomiting and diarrhea aren’t exactly fun symptoms to have on a rocking ship in the middle of the ocean. Although this cruise line is being credited with dealing with the situation as best they can, we have to wonder why this virus is impacting this particular cruise line so heavily. One thing is for sure; you may want to avoid them if you want to stay healthy.


Bland and overcooked food, watered down drinks, small cabins and damaged or lost luggage seems to be why this company has a poor reputation. They also get a failing grade in terms of sewage systems and air pollution according to the FOE. A history of problems with their ships doesn’t help matters, as numerous reports of ships losing power have been reported over the years. Don’t mistake MSC as a romantic cruise line either, as they are known for their lack of action when unruly children are running all over the ship and splashing guests in the adults-only pool. On the plus side, they don’t seem to have any dangerous ports of call lined up in the next year; they just pollute the ocean as they see fit.


Horrendous customer service seems to be the number one complaint about this giant cruise line and is just one of the reasons to avoid it in 2015. One of the worst offenders for their cancellation policy, it doesn’t seem to matter what dire situation causes you to cancel – they will not refund your money. From a passenger dying weeks before departure to a family that found out their child had cancer, this cruise line seems to have no heart for returning money to those who can’t cruise. Along with that, passengers report bland food, unhelpful service staff and invoice discrepancies that the cruise line refuses to fix. Expect mysterious charges, missing items and crowded ships on this cruise line.


The oldest cruise line in the world gets a bad grade in terms of being environmentally friendly, according the Friends of the Earth study. Rated in the bottom ranks, P&O gets a ‘D’ for their sewage treatment system and an ‘F’ in the air pollution that they generate. The food, service and smells on the ships also paint a bleak picture, with guest complaints against rude staff, restaurants being closed all at the same time and odors that have caused many people to rename the company “Pee and Odor”. Consider P&O one of the cruise lines to avoid in 2015 until they literally start cleaning up their act.


With a history of four fires and two other major mechanical issues, this family-friendly cruise company doesn’t have the best track record in the last 8 years. The major incident occurred in 2013 when 4,000 passengers were stranded in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico for four days with no hot water and more non-functioning toilets than functioning ones. Along with this awful history, these cruises are overcrowded and often full of drunken adults and rowdy kids. Mediocre food, small sun decks and way too many activities to choose from coupled with small cabins that you can barely turn around in make this cruise company one to avoid in 2015. If that isn’t enough to make you avoid Carnival, consider that two people have gone overboard this year.

Thomson Cruises

This cruise line has come under pressure in the last few years for its horrible on-board service, low food quality and filthy cabins and ships. Other complaints range from not enough sun chairs on any of their ships to rude staff members and dirty sheets upon arrival. Thomson also stands out as the only cruise line to have a port of call in Lebanon, a country with travel warnings mentioning kidnapping, bombing and terrorist threats. With a downward spiral of amenities and potentially dangerous itineraries, we suggest avoiding this cruise line in 2015.

Oceania Cruises

A fire that led to a ship evacuation, three crew members dead and the cancellation of the remainder of that infamous Insignia cruise in 2014 is still fresh in our minds when we think about cruises not take in 2015. Consider also the fact that this ship anchors in dangerous ports of call including Cote D’Ivoire, which has high criminal activity and is neighbor to several Ebola-affected nations. Overly expensive yet underwhelming off-shore excursions are other reasons this cruise company finds itself in the number two position of cruise lines to avoid.


Costa is perhaps best known for their Costa Concordia that capsized in 2012. This Italian cruise line hasn’t fully recovered from that nightmare. Never mind the double whammy that incurred when another Costa ship caught fire and was left without power for over 13 hours later in the year. Although these incidents were over 3 years ago, this cruise ship has not done much to help improve their reputation. Add ridiculous drink packages you are pushed to buy, horrible food, unhelpful on-board service and overpriced excursions to the list of complaints. It’s also one of the most polluting ships on the ocean. There really isn’t anything positive to say about this company, so consider it one of the main cruise lines to avoid in 2015.


WE COULD ADD ANOTHER HALF DOZEN CRUISE DISASTERS SINCE THE ONE BELOW…BUT WE WOULD LIKELY RUN OUT OF SPACE….HOWEVER, THE SOUTH KOREAN FERRY DISASTER IS SYMTOMATIC OF MANY SUCH CRUISE SHIP ACCIDENTS WHICH OCCUR WORLDWIDE…AND CLAIM LIVES… THE BIG QUESTION IS…WOULD YOU RATHER FLY ON A MALAYSIAN BOEING 777 AND NEVER BE FOUND ON THE BOTTOM OF THE INDIAN OCEAN….OR DIE ON A KOREAN FERRY ALONG WITH HUNDREDS OF OTHER SCREAMING ADULTS AND CHILDREN…AS THE SHIP ROLLS OVER AND HEADS FOR THE BOTTOM OF THE DEEP KOREAN SEA?… MEGABUCKS LAWSUITS AGAINST CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE NOW IN PROGRESS… Carnival Triumph ALERT – ALERT – ALERT IT SEEMS WE HAVE TO UPDATE THIS BLOG DAILY DUE TO THE CONTINUING PROBLEMS WITH CRUISE SHIPS – THE LAST ONE WITH A FIRE IN THE BAHAMAS TODAY ABOARD THE CARNIVAL LEGEND…THOUSANDS MORE SICK WITH NORAVIRUS CONTACTED ONBOARD CRUISE SHIPS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF 2014… norovirus-symptoms-259x300 norway-cruise-ship-fire …THOUSANDS OF PASSENGERS HAD TO GET A FREE AIRLINE PASS HOME – HOW MANY WILL THINK ABOUT ANOTHER CRUISE TO THE SUNNY CARIBBEAN,  EUROPE, ALASKA, OR MEXICO IS QUESTIONABLE…JUST TOO MANY INCIDENTS TO KEEP UP WITH ON THIS BLOG… ******************** We have a lot of readers who claim that ocean cruises and travel are safer than most other means of transportation for business or pleasure.  The statistics below(compiled from an enormous number of independent sources) illustrate the difference in risk versus number of independent journeys, hours in transit and travel distance. While air travel, for example, statistically has a low death rate as regard total distance of all carriers, cruise ships exhibit even more danger than rail,  bus or other transportation modes.  If you look at  journeys, long or short, cruise/water journeys are even more hazardous(per journey) than driving your car on a California freeway. And that does not include sickness from the nora virus or other inconveniences of non-working toilets, bad food or seasickness that will statistically add to the problems with cruise lines. If you want a swift and messy death, go buy a motorcycle…

Deaths per billion journeys Deaths per billion hours Deaths per billion kilometres
Bus: 4.3 Bus: 11.1 Air: 0.05
Rail: 20 Rail: 30 Bus: 0.4
Van: 20 Air: 30.8 Rail: 0.6
Car: 40 Water: 50 Van: 1.2
Foot: 40 Van: 60 Water: 2.6
Water: 90 Car: 130 Car: 3.1
Air: 117 Foot: 220 Bicycle: 44.6
Bicycle: 170 Bicycle: 550 Foot: 54.2
Motorcycle: 1640 Motorcycle: 4840 Motorcycle: 108.9






Coast Guard: Disabled cruise ship is moving again
CARNIVAL LINE’S TENT CITY… This Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 photo, provided by Kalin Hill, of Houston, shows passengers with makeshift tents on the the deck of the Carnival Triumph cruise ship at sea in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship nearing Mobile Bay is without engine power and is being towed by tugboats. (AP Photo – Kalin Hill)

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The miserable passengers aboard the ill-fated Carnival cruise ship were slowly making their long journey home Thursday after crews replaced a broken tow line, another bad break that briefly set the ship adrift off the Alabama coast. As passengers came within sight of land and a cellphone signal, a clearer picture of the scene aboard the ship began to emerge. They described overflowing toilets, sewage backed up in showers, scarce food, people getting sick and a tent city on what was supposed to be a tanning deck. What began as a four-day voyage in the Gulf of Mexico had turned into a vacation nightmare, not at all the luxury cruise touted in brochures.


Passengers aboard a cruise vessel stranded in the Gulf of Mexico after a weekend engine fire have limited access to bathrooms, food and hot coffee, but also a new destination: Mobile, Ala. Carnival Cruise Lines President and CEO Gerry Cahill said in a statement Monday that the Carnival Triumph had drifted so far north of its original position that it will be towed to the southern U.S. port, instead of the original plan to take it to Progreso, Mexico. Cahill said strong Gulf currents caused the Triumph to drift about 90 miles north of its original position off the Yucatan Peninsula. Cahill’s statement said the ship should arrive in Mobile on Thursday and that the change will allow for less complicated re-entry for passengers without passports. CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg said on “CBS This Morning” that the waste management system was powered by electricity, and with electricity out on the ship, there is a danger of it turning into “a floating biohazard” before it reaches Alabama. The Carnival Triumph had been floating aimlessly about 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula since a fire erupted in the aft engine room early Sunday, knocking out the ship’s propulsion system. No one was injured and the fire was extinguished. The ship has been operating on backup generator power since the incident, the statement said. The ship, which left Galveston, Texas, on Thursday and was scheduled to return there Monday, will instead be towed to Mobile with its 3,143 passengers 1,086 crew members. They are due to arrive in Alabama on Thursday. One tugboat arrived Monday afternoon, and the other was expected later in the evening, Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said in an email. The Coast Guard has informed Mexican authorities of the situation in their waters, a spokesman said. When another Carnival cruise ship, the Legend, rendezvoused with the stranded vessel Monday, supplying Triumph passengers with food and supplies, Texas resident Brent Nutt was able to briefly chat with his wife, Bethany, who could draw a cellphone signal from the visiting cruise line. Without power, the ship’s stabilizers are apparently not working, Nutt told The Associated Press, and the massive liner had been leaning to one side Sunday. By Monday afternoon, the ship seemed more upright, he said. carnival, cruise, triumph, adrift, gulf of mexico

In this image released by the U.S. Coast Guard on Feb. 11, 2013, a small boat belonging to the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous patrols near the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico, Feb. 11, 2013.

“She sounded a whole lot better today than she did yesterday,” Nutt said about two hours after chatting with his 32-year-old wife. Passengers were also given food, Nutt said, and some of the bathrooms are working. But the ship is dirty, Nutt said his wife told him. “There’s water and feces all over the floor,” Nutt relayed. “It’s not the best conditions. You would think Carnival would have something in place to get these people off the ship.” Passengers also are getting sick and throwing up, he said, adding that his wife told him: “The whole boat stinks extremely bad.” Melinda Ramos, meanwhile, said her father was laughing when she briefly spoke to him Sunday. “He might be completely joking, but he said they’re sleeping in tents outside,” the 19-year-old daughter of Mary and Matt Ramos told The Houston Chronicle. A similar situation occurred on a Carnival cruise ship in November 2010. That vessel was also stranded for three days with 4,500 people aboard after a fire in the engine room. When the passengers disembarked in San Diego they described a nightmarish three days in the Pacific with limited food, power and bathroom access. Carnival said in a statement that it had cancelled the Triumph’s next two voyages scheduled to depart Monday and Saturday. Passengers aboard the stranded ship will also receive a full refund, the statement said. In the past, Carnival had compounded its public relations problems by only offering 20-percent discounts on the next cruise to stranded passengers, but it apparently learned its lesson this time, CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg told “CBS This Morning.” However, even with a full refund, Carnival faces a problem when the 3,100 passengers reach southern Alabama, which was not their original destination. Getting those thousands of people home via an airport with only regional jets is likely to cause another slew of problems. Tug boats to reach disabled cruise ship Monday

Carnival cancels 12 cruises after Triumph fire

In this image released by the U.S. Coast Guard on Feb. 11, 2013, a small boat belonging to the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous patrols near the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico, Feb. 11, 2013. The Carnival Triumph has been floating aimlessly about 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula since a fire erupted in the aft engine room early Sunday, knocking out the ship’s propulsion system. No one was injured and the fire was extinguished. (AP Photo – U.S. Coast Guard- Lt. Cmdr. Paul McConnell)
HOUSTON (AP) — Carnival Cruise Lines says it is cancelling another 12 voyages for the disabled ship that is being towed to Alabama after an engine room fire left it powerless at sea. The cruises aboard the Triumph were to take place from Feb. 21 through April 13. Those cancellations are in addition to two other cruises that were called off shortly after Sunday’s fire. The company says passengers will be fully refunded and get discounts on future cruises. There are more than 4,000 people aboard the ship, which is expected to be towed into Mobile on Thursday. The Triumph has had other mechanical problems recently that delayed a voyage in late January. Passengers aboard the disabled vessel have reported dismal conditions. Carnival has disputed those claims.   Well…what did you expect them to do??

From Associated Press February 11, 2013 11:03 AM EST HOUSTON (AP) — Carnival Cruise Lines says passengers are calm despite an engine fire that’s left the ship Triumph adrift and disrupted some basic services, such as the use of toilets. The U.S. Coast Guard says tug boats are scheduled to reach Triumph about noon Monday some 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula. The cruise ship with 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members will be towed to Progreso, Mexico, and is scheduled to arrive Wednesday. Passengers then will be flown to the United States. Carnival says the fire was contained in the aft engine room. Toilets could not be used afterward, but they’re now available in some portions of the ship. ************** Cruise ship drifting after fire off Philippines From Associated Press March 31, 2012 1:42 AM EDT MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A cruise ship with about 1,000 people on board was drifting in waters south of the Philippines after a fire disabled its engines, the Philippine coast guard said Saturday. Five crew members were injured. The fire on the Azamara Quest started late Friday, a day after the ship left Manila for Sandakan, Malaysia, and was immediately put out, said coast guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Algier Ricafrente. He said there were no other details about the incident. The ship was carrying 590 passengers and 411 crew members, he said. The ship’s operator, Azamara Club Cruises, said in a statement that no passengers were injured in the fire, which was in one of the ship’s engine rooms and was immediately extinguished. But five crew members suffered smoke inhalation, including one who was seriously injured and needed hospital care. Azamara Club Cruises is part of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which has been hit by accidents this year that have undermined its operations, including a cruise ship that capsized off the coast of Italy, killing 32 people. There was no direct contact with the ship’s crew(that’s rather strange wouldn’t you say?), Ricafrente said, adding that the coast guard would investigate why Philippine authorities did not receive any distress call during the fire. The cruise company’s statement said the ship was running on emergency power in “calm seas” near Indonesia’s Borneo Island(more pirates here). Engineers have restored power to one of the ship’s engines to re-establish air conditioning, running water, plumbing, refrigeration and food preparation, the company said. “While the ship does not have propulsion capabilities at this time, it is in the process of being repaired,” it said. The ship left Hong Kong on a 17-day cruise on Monday. The trip was to include port calls in Manila and Sandakan, as well as several stops in Indonesia, before arriving in Singapore on April 12. It was the latest blow for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. In January, 32 people died when the Costa Concordia ran aground and capsized off the western coast of Italy. A month later, a fire on the Costra Allegra left that ship without power and adrift in waters known to be prowled by pirates in the Indian Ocean for three days. ******************* EVEN MORE CRUISE SHIP FUN!!! – 2/28/2012 NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A crippled Italian cruise ship being towed in the Indian Ocean with more than 1,000 people aboard and no air conditioning now won’t reach land in the Seychelles until Thursday, officials said. The cruise ship company said that food, satellite phones and VHF radios would be brought to the Costa Allegra by helicopter. Photos released on Tuesday showed hundreds of people milling on the ship’s outside decks, and officials said passengers would sleep there as well instead of in their unlit cabins. The Costa Allegra has 636 passengers and 413 crew members on board: Among them are 212 Italian, 31 British and eight U.S. passengers. Four of the passengers are children ages 3 or younger. The ship lost power Monday after a fire in its generator room, which knocked out power to the ship’s engines as well as to its lights and air conditioning. Cruise ship officials had said that they would be taking the stranded travelers by Wednesday to Desroches, a small, exclusive coral-lined island in the Seychelles. However, they later said Tuesday that they would instead bring them to the main Seychelles island of Mahe. The cruise ship company said the change was done for safety and logistical reasons, and that the Allegra would reach Mahe early Thursday. Two tug boats have joined a French fishing vessel to tow the cruise ship.

Another memorable cruise in the Indian Ocean – waiting for a tow before the Somali pirates arrive…such fun!

The fire aboard the Costa Allegra comes only six weeks after one of its sister ships, the Costa Concordia, hit a reef and capsized off Italy, killing 25 people and leaving seven missing and presumed dead. No one was injured in the fire Monday, but the blaze set the cruiseliner adrift at sea in a region where Somali pirates prey on ships. Both ships are operated by Costa Crociere SpA, which is owned by the Florida-based Carnival Corp *****************




Passenger Mara Parmegiani, a journalist, told the ANSA news agency that

“it was like a scene from the Titanic”.

Several passengers have claimed the crew failed to give instructions on how to evacuate. They said the evacuation drill was only scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

“It was so unorganised, our evacuation drill was scheduled for 5pm,” said Melissa Goduti, 28, of Wallingford, Connecticut.


JANUARY 13, 2012 – ROME (AP) — The Italian coast guard says a luxury cruise ship has run aground off the coast of Tuscany and that at least three bodies have been retrieved from the sea. Seventy missing.

Abandoning ship via liftboats – destination, remote island without toilets, showers…

A truly wonderful, unforgettable cruising experience…

Cmdr. Francesco Paolillo told The Associated Press by telephone from the port city of Livorno early Saturday that there are “probably” at least three more dead, although he hasn’t received confirmation of those three. He said helicopters are evacuating some 50 people still aboard the Costa Concordia liner near the Tuscan island of Giglio. Survivors described a chaotic evacuation(Titanic memories?), as plates and glasses crashed and they crawled along upended hallways trying to reach safety…truly a memorable exerience! This is not some small rinky dink vessel, it had 4200 people on board – and at this report, it is sinking…

This could have been you!!!


So, where were you when the Costa Concordia began to sink???





Eyewitness accounts…

It happened on Friday evening and marked the start of hours of panic among the 4,000 people on board the cruise ship. The ship shuddered to a halt and was plunged into darkness. “We were having supper when the lights suddenly went out. We heard a boom and a groaning noise. All the cutlery fell on the floor,” Luciano Castro told Italy’s Ansa news agency. The passenger said people were told there were electrical problems(lies will keep people quiet for awhile). Others described chaotic scenes as the liner began to move violently. “The boat started shaking. The noise – there was panic, like in a film, dishes crashing to the floor, people running, people falling down the stairs,” said survivor Fulvio Rocci Those on board said the boat suddenly tilted to the left. Cabin steward: ‘We jumped into the sea’ “We told the guests everything was ok and under control and we tried to stop them panicking,” cabin steward Deodato Ordona recalled. It was about an hour before a general emergency was announced, he said. Then the ship rolled again, now listing to the right, and the captain ordered the ship to be abandoned. Mr Ordona said his colleagues and passengers were waiting to use lifeboats but the change in the direction the boat was sinking prompted them to seek lifeboats on the other side of the ship. Monica, a German passenger who was in the cruise liner’s theatre when the ship began to suffer problems, said it was hard to reach the lifeboats. “It was difficult to walk. First it moved once, then to the left and then more on the right. The boat was tipping one side. You could see the ship was sinking more and more. In half an hour it sank halfway into the water,” she said. Cruise ship shop worker Fabio Costa said when people realised there was a serious problem, there were scenes of desperation.Cannot play media. You do not have the correct version of the flash player. Download the correct version Elizabeth Nanni of the Isola del Giglio Tourist Information described ”desperate people looking for each other” “Everything happened really fast. Everybody tried to get a life boat and people started to panic. A lot of people were falling down the stairs and some were hurt because things fell on them. “Everybody was trying to get on the boats at the same time. When people had to get on the lifeboats they were pushing each other. It was a bit chaotic. We were trying to keep passengers calm but it was just impossible. Nobody knew what was going on.” He said children and women were given priority when it came to allocating places on lifeboats, but the system proved to be difficult to implement because many men “weren’t accepting this” because they wanted to remain together as a family, prompting “huge confusion”. Some people decided it was too difficult to get on to a lifeboat and chose to swim, with a number safely reaching the nearby island of Giglio. “We were on the same level as the water so some people started to swim because they weren’t able to get on the lifeboats,” said Mr Costa. He said he saw some people jumping but could not get a sense of just how many people did so. Elizabeth Nanni, of Isola del Giglio Tourist Information, said those who arrived on the island were survivors in a state of shock, ”desperate people looking for each other” and people suffering from hypothermia after jumping into the sea. ############## Perhaps you can now understand why cruise companies now offering  up to 75% discounts to get you on board – a key sign of a struggling industry trying to overcome serious problems. ************ See latest Norwegian Cruise Ship fire here: Still not convinced?  See cruise ship sinking at For an update of cruise ship problems by date and company, visit waves hit cruise ship) ************** ADDITIONAL SPECIAL NOTICE: Cruise ships(as noted below) do not use water purification systems that would remove radioactive materials(they use reverse osmosis) – while military vessels(ships and submarines worldwide) protect their sailors from water-borne radioactivity using steam distillation…something to remember with home water treatment systems if it comes to the point where it is in Tokyo today(radioactive iodine in drinking water supplies) – get yourself a home water distiller and be safe from not only radioactivity but also micro-organisms and potentially toxic heavy metals and organic chemicals.(see for details). Considering a cruise to the Asian continent???  We’re joking of course…or perhaps not… Once you have a water distiller, make several extra gallons and store in heavy duty glass or polycarbonate(#7) water jugs in a cool, dark place.  Store extra water in drums or storage bags(see which is treated in accordance with the information on this “page3” above…this extra water can be stored for months and perhaps even several years with proper pretreatment; stored under the home or in a basement and used for  utility and even drinking water supplies if the pretreatment bleach is removed by ceramic filtration systems such as that shown at… Japan(and the US government) have been loath to provide honest information on the on-going effects of the fallout now being measured on the west coast of California…food products now in the field will carry low levels of topical radiation, especially after rains expected here in the west for the next week.  Stocking up on canned vegetables and fruits is suggested if anyone in the home is pregnant or has thyroid issues or is under the age of 10 years. Be prepared – and not surprised… For a real-time update of measured radiation at selected points around the United States, go to

SPECIAL NOTICE:  this is one of our most  visited blog entries – and of course there are many more items which could be added to this subject, including the SPAM session off the coast of Mexico, with no showers for all the newlyweds on board, no toilets flushing, etc, etc. The Nora virus is being found aboard most cruise ships where mass illness has occurred.  It is a fact that all of these cruise lines process seawater using Reverse Osmosis – which is not a good firewall against viral materials or even many microbes found in seawater.  By comparison, our navy ships and submarines use steam distillation with the same seawater as a source…No mass sickness…nada…Remember that next time you reach for some tap water on a cruise ship – reach for a bottle of KNOWN labelled water – and don’t forget to pass on the ice as well… We also have critics which  claim that many of these entries are simply Photoshop created pictures…Sorry guys, find another place to spend your time – The Conservative Critic ANOTHER UPDATE AS OF 3/3/10: ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A 26-foot wave smashed into a cruise ship carrying nearly 2,000 people in the Mediterranean on Wednesday(3/3/10), smashing glass windshields and killing two passengers, according to officials and news reports. Another six people suffered light injuries, the Greek coast guard said in a statement. The victims were identified as a German and an Italian man. ********** Still another update: USA Today – 3/19/2010: Celebrity Mercury has third “scrubdown” after over 400 passengers and 13 crew get sick from intestinal virus.  Two earlier cruises were marred with similar illnesses – attributed to norovirus, normally due to bad water and bad water used in food and drink. **************

Cruise ship bow damage from rogue ocean wave… Another modern day Titanic near-disaster………

NOTE: SPECIAL UPDATE: WATER AND FOOD-BORNE NOROVIRUS FOUND TO BE CAUSE OF CURRENT CARIBBEAN CRUISE SHIP HEALTH PROBLEMS. Cruise ships – what’s next?  Fires, pirates, “rogue waves”, ship sinkings – bad drinking water?

Star Princess Cruise Ship fire…

Achille Lauro Cruise Ship fire…

Diamond Princess Cruise Ship Fire…

(had a responder to this blog who said they really enjoyed their Diamond Princess cruise…)

ABC GMA Cruise Ship Fire…

M/S Explorer Cruise Ship sinks off Antarctica after hitting iceberg…

Pirates boarding Mona  Lisa Cruise Ship…

More of your favorite pirates aboard the Mona Lisa Cruise Ship…


Well – if you can stomach all of these above inconveniences of a cruise ship vacation, think about the even larger number of cruise ships where hundreds of passengers get sick from bad drinking water…water drawn from the ocean and improperly filtered to remove pathogens, industrial chemicals, medical, human and animal wastes.

In the last few hours, the Mercury Celebrity Cruise ship had 300 guests barfing and in general immensely enjoying their stay in the stateroom bathrooms, bending over or sitting on the johns…

This is not unusual – the list gets longer every year – and we never seem to hear much about these unsanitary water conditions – similar to what is being found on various airline water systems on a regular basis.

The US Navy uses the exacting process of steam distillation to prepare ocean water for use on every ship and submarine in our military – other nations do likewise.  However, in their rush to save costs, cruise ships use antiquated reverse osmosis filter systems which were never designed for seawater applications – but are used on each and every one of the cruise ships where dysentery or other intestinal problems destroy hundreds of vacations every year.

Even food preparation on cruise ships depends on the inferior reverse osmosis “water makers”.  By comparison, distilled water on board the military’s ships and submarines is perfectly clean – and we don’t hear about any such mass illnesses on those vessels.

So, if the various pirate attacks, shipboard fires and sinkings don’t scare you away from a pleasant cruise through the dirty waters of the Caribbean, the Mediterranean or Baja, think carefully bef0re taking a drink of tap water in the fancy restaurant or bar on any of those highly publicized cruises – you won’t be running around the deck playing tennis or other deck sports –  you may be running for the toilet instead with no relief in sight(including seasickness in rough weather) until you thankfully dock back in the good old USA.

By the way, if any of the “rogue” waves which were encountered by the cruise ships above had hit the ship broadside, they would be counting bodies instead of upset stomachs.

What do you think?



  1. I think this is a pretty pessimistic article Mr Critic. If you look at the statistics, cruising is one of the safest ways to travel – far safer than flying and travelling by car.

    • you may be partially right – now that you have to pay extra to board an airplane which guarantees that the flight controller enroute is awake…

    • you may be partially right – now that you have to pay extra to board an airplane which guarantees that the flight controller enroute is awake…

  2. With 35 years of experience in extensive and frequent travel and with a similar amount of experience in water treatment, I can say without reservation that on a per passenger mile basis, the chance of getting sick on cruise ship is far greater than crashing in an airplane.

    While cruise ships do catch on fire, it is indeed rare but still about as tramatic as passengers on board an Air France jet falling into the Atlantic Ocean – of which I happen to have interior pictures taken of passenger reactions during the Air France plane disintegration.

    I can imagine the terror that grips the heart of an individual, hundreds of miles from the nearest solid ground, knowing that the ship is on fire, or is being boarded by Somalian pirates or perhaps sinking or perhaps being violently ill due to bad shipboard drinking water – with landfall perhaps hours or days away – and with a pitching and rolling deck to match. Thanks but not thanks…

  3. My, My, we have another maratime expert here…wonder if you are e-mailing us from the Carnival ship floating 50 miles off the shore of Mexico – hope your AC, hot water and phones are working – smooth sailing…

  4. glad to know you were there to witness that monumental event –

  5. I just spent half an hour on google trying to find more information about a polar bear jumping onto an Alaskan cruise ship. The only references I could find all came back to this blog?????? Therefore I can only believe that it never happened. If that part of this blog is a lie them I can only deduce that the rest of it is suspect!!!!!!

    • Here we have Mr/Mrs Draggen who cannot bring themselves to believe their eyes….ships capsizing, pirates overrunning ships, shipboard fires and polar bears…I guess it shows that one has to look beyond google and understand today’s brand of internet humor….some will never get it…

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