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Sunday, January 26, 2014

MooPig's Trend Spotter Department :: "Cruise Ships"

Figuring Out the Odds
Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  Jan 26, 2014  |  Bryan TX

[Picture LINK] Troubles at sea ...

Why would anyone haul their favorite vacation clothes and baggage aboard a Cruise Ship that has 3,000 others milling about, with all their baggage on board? What is the draw to these tugs? My Dad was in the Navy, WWII, on a Destroyer in the Pacific, and all he ever thought about while out there was "When do I get to go home?"

US officials probe illnesses on Caribbean cruise: "KINGSTON, Jamaica — U.S. health officials will board a cruise ship docked in the U.S. Virgin Islands to investigate an illness outbreak that has stricken at least 300 people with gastrointestinal symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea, a cruise company spokeswoman said Sunday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control, CDC, and Prevention has said that 281, or nearly 10 percent, of the 3,050 passengers aboard Royal Caribbean International's Explorer of the Seas have reported getting sick. Twenty-two crew members have also reported feeling ill."

'via Blog this'

Here's a list of 51 Super-size Ocean-liner Cruise ships LINK. Here's a list of Cruise Lines LINK. We know you can look up Wikki stuff, but the staggering reality is that a few illnesses on one ship is only a smidgen of a problem to International Cruise Lines ships that number in the hundreds.

The Explorer of the Sea mentioned above can accommodate 3,117 "guests" with two people per room. This information from 2011 is not available on the Royal Caribbean Press Center Web-site HERE, today.

So what are the odds of getting sea-sick, ill, injured, raped, lost, or killed on a modern cruise ship today? Christopher Elliott on November 6th, 2010 said: " ...The cruise industry contends a trip on the high seas is safer than a drive to the airport and a stay at a hotel. But just how safe is it?... "

Cruise Junkie reports this bit on its web-site "Cruise and Ferry Passengers and Crew Overboard 1995 - 2014": "Number missing [persons] in past 5 years (2009 - 2013) = 113 (average = 22.6 per year)..." HERE.
"... Stay in your cabin and order room service for the duration of your cruise, and short of your ship sinking, you’ll probably be just fine.

But stay up all night drinking, do your “I’m-the-king-of-the-world” impression from the bow of the ship, and take the unauthorized shore excursion to the slums — well, maybe not (ibid. Christopher Elliott. November 6th, 2010) ..."
In the same article, concerning rape at sea: "... as cruise expert Ross A. Klein testified before a Senate hearing in 2008, the rate of sexual assault on cruise ships is almost twice the U.S. rate of forcible rape — about 56.9 per 100,000. “It is common knowledge in our field that cruise ships are flat-out dangerous for women,” said Amelia Stinson-Wesley, the former executive director of a battered women’s shelter and rape crisis center. “Not as dangerous as countries at war where rape is used as a weapon of war, but more dangerous than even a college campus and certainly more dangerous than the general population of most cities in the United States..."

I'll never forget when I was ten years old and Dad took us all to Acapulco, Mexico, when I got the Touristas, gastrointestinal bug. The CDC reports HERE the cause of gastrointestinal disorders for passengers aboard cruise ships.

LiveLeaks shares on its Web-site HERE some video of large waves out there on the Ocean. Passenger falls from the gangplank HERE.

At first we thought we could figure out the odds of passengers getting into trouble on a cruise in today's mega-tonnage multi-decked Ocean Liners. Figuring those odds will require much more study. In the Summer of 2010, " ...President Obama signed the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act, which requires cruise lines to report all deaths, missing persons, theft, sexual harassment and assaults. However, the Department of Homeland Security hasn’t yet published the data and did not offer a timeline for its release...."

The editors in MooPig's Trend Spotter Department all agree; since JFK and Jackie and all their entourage always vacationed near the sea, Americans will trend and copy that royal couples's extended period of recreational behavior, buying cruise tickets en-masse.

Call us if you think differently at ASWC ; ... ...

In summary [M]arine paneling said...
"...Ships can last for many years and they can travel to different seas, as long as they are carefully maintained and regularly checked. Big sea vessels can carry heavy equipment as well as many passengers, and to experience tragedy such as sinking is really unfortunate. The number of sinking ships is very alarming and we hope that such tragic events will be prevented. (July 12, 2012. LINK and  LINK )... "


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