Post # 17
Think of how many cruises have gone on uneventfully since the Italian cruise ship incident. You only hear about the bad experiences, obviously. Actually, it might be a little safer to take a cruise after this incident happened because they are really focused on safety right now.
Post # 18
You have nothing to be afraid of. We cruised for our Honeymoon and it was the best time of our lives. Yes, you’re “stuck” on a boat but it’s not like you’re in a canoe for days. Cruise ships are like small floating cities. As for the capsizing fears, thats understandable given the recent news story but the odds of your ship sinking are like one in a million. The cruise ship that capsized had significant human error so as long as your captain isn’t drunk or trying to cut corners, you’ll be fine.
I HIGHLY recommend cruising. Actually, I can’t wait to book our next one and that’s even after we had a bit of unexpected craziness on our cruise. I’m too lazy to type up our experience but you can check it out here, if you’re interested.
Book the cruise. You won’t regret it!
Post # 19
I have never been on a cruise, and I can’t swim. (not that ‘swimming’ will do much good to me in the middle of the ocean if we were to capsize!), but i am still VERY EXCITED to go on a cruise ONE day. (We just don’t have the money right now.)
As for the cruise ship capsizing, i think they said it was a captain error. Or maybe they are putting the blame on him because they need some kind of scapegoat to tell people about. Who knows he could be getting paid a LOT under the table to take most or all of the blame. Big billion dollar companies are not far from doing that kind of ‘thing’. Especially because the cost to make the boat is in the MILLIONS of dollars. And plus their shares plummeted by 18%+!
But does that mean that YOUR boat will meet witih the same fate? I don’t think so. Just cruise responsibly. I.e. make sure you know your safety exits and all the safety talk they give at the beginnning. BE PREPARED. Life is more dangerous crossing the streets you cross every single day than being on a ship isolated in the ocean . And leave the rest up to God/life.
Post # 20
My FH and I booked one for our honeymoon; he gets plane sick, but not seasick lol I agree with alot of the others, it’s not going to stop me from going on my cruise at all… but you two need to be as relaxed as you can be on your honeymoon. 🙂
It’s an easy choice for us, beacuse we live in Barbados, and the Victory comes every Wednesday, so it’s taking us and dropping us right back on our door step 😀 😀
Whatever you decide, enjoy yourself:)
Post # 21
Why don’t you try a one or two day cruise to see if you like it.
Post # 22
I would start off taking a shorter cruise (3-5 days) and see how you like it. I love cruising and you are on such a big ship you really don’t get bothered being out in the water. They get to destinations pretty fast. I have to admit on my first cruise I was a little scared and when they first set sail you have to get use to the rocking of the boat but after a while it’s really fun. Boat accidents almost rarely ever happen and I’m sure after the recent incident in Europe the captains of these ships are going to be extra careful so your chance of anything happening now is pretty close to nil.
I know how those fears are though – I’m terrified of flying the same way you are scared of cruising. When it all comes down to it though they are the more safer forms of travel.
Post # 23
my husband hates crowds, small spaces and gets horrible motion sickness and he did wonderfully on a cruise! you shouldn’t be afraid – they are tons of fun and you will really enjoy yourself.
The whole Italian cruise ship thing was because one captain chose to make some really stupid decisions. Cruise ships leave ports every single day and you almost never hear of problems. i’ve been on 3 cruises and each one is better than the last.
Post # 24
I am a big cruiser and we are doing a cruise for our honeymoon! This kind of stuff never happens with cruises because they are so safe. The problem was with the captain of the ship in Italy was he went off his course that the cruise line allows and did not look properly at the depth or the maps to see what was around him. They put a lot of work into making sure those boats have safe waters to travel into. They were supposed to be 600 meters from land and he brought the ship to 150 meters. I am sure with all of this news they will have even more rules in place for the captains! If anything this is the best time to do when they will be wanting to make sure passengers feel safe and still travel using cruises! You will love it and a great bang for your buck! Also if you can swing it get a balcany! 100% worth the extra money 🙂
Post # 25
I have been on 7 cruises, and I absolutely love them! It’s so relaxing to not have to worry about where you’re going to eat at or how you’re going to get to your next destination. I like how everything I could need or want is right there on the ship!
Post # 26
A cruise is the least boatlike experience you can have on a boat. It’s more a floating city than a boat. Cruises are incredibly safe, and if they appeal to you you’ll be fine.
Post # 27
Cruises are amazing. Think about it this way: they have email. How bad can it get if they’re that well-connected even out in the middle of the ocean? You’d be on common cruising paths, I’d expect — and as everyone has said, cruise ships’ safety precautions were good, and they’re going to get even better.
Post # 28
I’m with you. You couldn’t pay me to go on a cruise ship.
It’s not even the risk of sinking that worries me- its a combo of seasickness and clostrophobia and knowing that once you’re on that ship you are not getting off until the cruise is over. bah.
Anyway, I’d suggest doing a trip on Amtrak. If you wanted to do something beachy, you can drive down to Virginia and catch a car transport train that will drop you in FL.
Or, take amtrak up to Montreal/Quebec- I haven’t been to Montreal (yet), but I hear awesome things- and Quebec City is freaking amazing. I loved it there so much! And it would make for a very romantic honeymoon!!
Good luck 🙂
Post # 29
@September29: yup, agree 100%! Everything you said, plus the massive risk of sicknesses being spread through the ship. My parents took a Caribbean and an Alaskan cruise, and both times they, along with approx 30% of the other people on the boats, developed Norwalk virus and missed out on 1/2 the cruise, stuck in their rooms sick. On the Caribbean cruise 8 ppl had to be airlifted off the boat and rushed to the hospital! Like you – you couldn’t pay me to get on a cruise ship.
Post # 30
I am scared too. My dad is a pilot and I like to remember what he always says in relation to flying: Driving is SO much more dangerous. There are many more crashes. And we drive ALL THE TIME. Right?
Post # 31
OK, I love cruises (as mentioned above), but I will also put in a plug for Amtrak. I love trains!