The Wreck of the Italian Cruise Ship..

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Mon, 01-16-2012 - 1:00pm

Woa! Is anyone following the wreck of the cruise ship? I can't stop watching and reading about it! I've been on several cruises and I can't begin to imagine what if..YIKES! Have you ever been on a cruise? Did you even think about what you'd do if the ship wrecked?

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Thu, 02-02-2012 - 12:25pm
cmkarla wrote:

Ugg. I hadn't even thought of what if it were Christmas or something and everything was shut down.

I guess the Embassy has some sort of way to quickly get you another passport or get you back into your own country. I hope I never have to find out. lol


Actually, they don't, if my experience is anything...

1). We had freinds with visas, one of whose had expired and it was Easter Weekend in Mexico and they had to stay over the entire weekend (he with the expired card, wife and year-old baby who had valid visas) becasue the consul was away fo rthe holiday adn teh entire office was closed! It didn't help that he was a) Chilean, not on the most favored list at the time and b) somewhat radical and vocal about his views of the US... and he KNEW his visa was a one-entrance and left the country anyway!

2) When my purse was stolen in London, it was a holiday (July 4) week so the visa/passport office was closed and I had to wait a week before I could get a replacement. And that replacement was necessary so I could get a replacement Resident Alien card (AKA Green Card, UK style)...

3) We had some Indian freinds (naturalized US Citizens)



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Wed, 02-01-2012 - 9:46pm

I've never been on a cruise.

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Wed, 02-01-2012 - 3:14pm

Ugg. I hadn't even thought of what if it were Christmas or something and everything was shut down.

I guess the Embassy has some sort of way to quickly get you another passport or get you back into your own country. I hope I never have to find out. lol

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Wed, 02-01-2012 - 3:10pm
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I know I am probably obsessing because I have been on a few cruises but I can't get over what those people went through. And then some were stranded in a foreign country with no money or clothing. I can't imagine how I'd react!


I know EXACTLY what you mean. And what if it had been a holiday, the embassy or consulate was closed (they keep banker's hours at the visa/passport departments), and you had no way to get your passport replaced and..



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Tue, 01-31-2012 - 4:36pm

I know I am probably obsessing because I have been on a few cruises but I can't get over what those people went through. And then some were stranded in a foreign country with no money or clothing. I can't imagine how I'd react!

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Tue, 01-17-2012 - 10:27pm

I've been on a cruise and I honestly don't think its as safe as people think it is. Our friends are going on a cruise this year and wanted us to go with them. I really wanted to, but I can't do it. After our experience and with what I've seen on the news... I just don't feel good about it. Just a gut feeling.

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Tue, 01-17-2012 - 3:23pm
I've never been on a cruise ship, but wouldn't worry too much. Air and sea travel is safer than travelling by car! And my understanding is that it really was captain's error and negligence.

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Tue, 01-17-2012 - 1:09pm

Wow-I read somewhere they had already stopped at a couple port-of-calls. Wonder why they wouldn't have had the drills first??!

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Tue, 01-17-2012 - 1:07pm

They didn't have the drill/info yet. They were scheduled for the next day. I guess they just pray that all is well till then? I think that should be immediately upon arrival before ever leaving dock!

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Tue, 01-17-2012 - 12:46pm

lol I have been on 5 cruises too and the first was a Caribbean Cruise. The ship left port on a bright sunny day and of course we had the lifeboat and safety drills before we left. Several hours later we entered into the wake of Hurricane Mitch and it was not a pleasant experience. By dinner time the ship was rocking back and forth in 50 ft seas. They closed off the outter decks and stairways and we barely made it to our room holding onto the safety rails in halls trying to keep from being banged up as we were tossed about. We went to bed for the evening at 6pm sick as dogs with our lifejackets by us. It was so rough they were giving out seasick pills at the sick bay for all passengers who needed them. lol

We woke up the very next morning to sunny skies and a great breeze blowing and had a great rest of the cruise.

I can't begin to imagine trying to get off the boat during that kind of madness.

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