Good times. It does sound like a “Cruise From Hell,” doesn’t it? It also sounds a lot like how a majority of humanity lives day-to-day. Unlike the disgruntled Carnival Cruise customers, folks in rural Congo don’t get the luxury of being eventually towed back to port. A cruise gone bad is definitely a First-World problem.
Not that I don’t sympathize with the passengers, of course. You spend a lot of money on a vacation, you shouldn’t have to spend too much of it stepping around other people’s excrement. But I also find it perversely amusing in some way. I keep thinking of The Love Boat, where none of the episodes involved passengers pooping in plastic bags.
I’ve always been struck by the absurdity of the modern cruise: Cram as many people as possible onto a big boat, and then sail around aimlessly while they gorge and gamble. Once in awhile herd them through a few souvenir markets. And then head back for another load. For passengers, I guess, it’s like going to a Vegas casino, with the stipulation that you can never leave.
I’ve never understood the allure. After this latest debacle, I guess I never will.
*About the title: it’s part of the first verse of The Love Boat theme. Now it has such special resonance…
Like you, I just don’t get the allure. It makes staying home look really, really good.
As soon as I was clued into where the title came from, that was it……sweet irony!!!
Your second paragraph certainly resonates with me. Millions of people in this world lack basic sanitation and clean drinking water and many of them wish that they could receive a meal just by standing in line for it! Now the news media is treating us to the first-person sob stories about how much the cruise line “owes” them for all that pain and suffering. Sense of entitlement, anyone?
Don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it. We have had wonderful vacations on cruises. Met wonderful people , visited beautiful countries, tasted different and exotic foods, and had overall a relaxing experience. Very economically. Its not all about the casinos. ( You learn you probably won’t win just as any other casino).Just saying.
Dave Knadler says
Fair enough. To each his own. (And my wife is one of those who still seems favorably disposed toward the right kind of cruise.)