From Left to Write: No Staterooms for Me

I think the title of this post, for me, says it all:

Never in a million years would you catch me on board a cruise ship.

I don’t care if it’s docked or if it’s sailing at 20 knots across the middle of the ocean — I won’t go near one. I’m not sure that I’d just shrug it off as a completely irrational fear, either. At the risk of sounding alarmist, ocean liners haven’t proven their value to me. Between ships running aground (like the Costa Concordia), and outbreaks of illnesses among its passengers (such as the Royal Caribbean line’s Explorer of the Seas), fires (like the one that forced another Royal Caribbean ship to dock early), and outright sinkings (she didn’t let go, Jack!), it’s just not a risk I’m willing to take, even if it means missing out on sailing the open seas with Mickey Mouse on the Disney Cruise Line. At least we can make it up to Joshua by taking him to Disney World.

Dead Wake, fascinating as it was, merely solidified my beliefs. During World War I, when the events surrounding the Lusitania‘s sinking took place, submarines torpedoed ships that they thought might be carrying munitions, or for waving the flag of an enemy nation. Now, I don’t know much about cruise ships (nor do I particularly care to), but I get the feeling that Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line ships aren’t carrying munitions — but anyone who watches the news knows that there are lots of people who don’t like our country right now and could attack a cruise ship full of helpless passengers to send a message. Add to all of that the fact that I’m just not a big water person, and it affirms that I’ll never set foot on a cruise ship. I’ve been on fishing boats and ferries and, though I don’t feel seasick, I don’t like it; if I can’t handle being on a boat for a short period of time, there’s no way I could willingly put myself on one for a week.

I’ll keep my feet firmly on the ground and let all of you have all the fun.

Does anyone share this fear (paranoia?) with me, or am I completely alone on this one? Share your thoughts in the comments!

This post was inspired by Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson, a thrilling account of Lusitania’s last voyage across the Atlantic Ocean and the U-boat that attacked it. Join From Left to Write on March 26th as we discuss Dead Wake. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

  • I could say the same about airplanes, yet I fly 6-8 times a year. I’ve been on a couple of cruises and felt very safe. Luckily I’ve been taking swim lessons, so. . . .

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  • A few years back I was in Puerto Rico and saw a cruise ship coming into dock with water slides looping all over the decks. I truly can’t wrap my mind around how something so big can float., Let alone with all of those people, the luggage and supplies for those people and frivolous add-ons like water slides! Cruises are off limits for me too. I can’t handle it.

  • Kelly B

    I actually love cruising, I mean the fear of sinking or something bad happening is a fear, but I have been on 4 and nothing bad (knock on wood) has ever happened, not even bad food. Flying on the other hand, I will do it, but I really prefer not too. Not even because of recent events, I mean they don’t help, but because I feel like I can maintain some sort of control of my own person and family if something were to happen on a cruise ship, not so much on a plane. Maybe it’s silly, but definitely part of my rational 🙂