Are cruises really the dream holidays?


Every day Chileans decide to choose cruise ships as an alternative to travel, especially for entertainment, food, accommodation and a journey that promise to be unforgettable.
The offer has increased and the prices are much more accessible than some years ago. A trip can cost from US 500 (300 thousand pesos approx) for a week -without considering air tickets- and there are alterations in different parts of the world.
However, it is necessary to consider important aspects before making the decision to embark. This is what Lia Ryerson wrote in Business Insider , who considered more than twenty reasons not to go on a cruise.
The first thing is to consider dizziness. “There is no way to prevent motion sickness at 100 percent,” said Dr. Art Diskin, global medical director of Royal Caribbean Cruises. And while it may happen with the days, nausea and vomiting can be quite annoying.
Also, there are people everywhere. Many cruises are overcrowded -2500 passengers plus 1000 crew- and on the days of navigation they are all hanging around, therefore they are not recommended for people who are somewhat claustrophobic or reluctant to strangers invade their personal space.
The rooms can be narrow and the cruises are smaller than they seem, so you have to be careful when discussing with someone because they will have to share space for several days.
Another aspect is that if the resort food is not to your liking, the cruise is not much better quality, as it is intended to supply a large number of people more than to have a perfect preparation.
The package generally includes food and some non-alcoholic beverages, but the cost of the drinks is added to the final bill, even if it is a “all you can drink” cruise. You also have to consider hidden charges for service.
Several cruises are with payment without cash and load the purchases in the room. Something that seems comfortable but can turn into a nightmare because the temptation can be great with purchases and extra activities and everything goes adding and adding up to the final account.
Traveling alone is much more expensive. If a rate for two people costs 500 dollars, for a single person it costs twice as much as the Los Angeles Times.
It can also be a source of contagion. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that outbreaks of viruses are not uncommon. In 2017, for example, more than 500 passengers got sick on two Royal Caribbean cruises.
Statistics also indicate that one in 10 cruise guests contracted gastrointestinal disease. That happened to the Royal Caribbean that left Fort Lauderdale for Jamaica in December. “It was scary to see all those people with vomiting and diarrhea at the same time, something awful,” said Tracy Flores, one of her passengers, at WPLG Local 10 News.
If the possible diseases, you can make a trip by cruise something terrible, there are other statistics quite sad: a total of 304 people threw themselves into the sea between 2000 and 2018, according to a study by Cruise Junkie. Another report published by the International Association of Cruise Lines (CLIA) in 2016 established that 19 people are thrown every year into the sea.
In addition, up to 200 people inexplicably disappeared on cruise ships since 2000, according to an estimate by Dr. Ross Klein, author of “Cruise Ship Blues: The Hidden Side of the Cruise Industry.”
And there is a risk of being stranded at sea, as happened to around 20,000 cruise passengers after the passage of Hurricane Harvey in 2017 who touched down a week later than expected.
There are also accidents. According to a report by the research firm G.P. Wild, approximately 60 people are injured per year for “operational mishaps”, which can range from small fires to collisions or subsidence.
Something unpleasant happened on the Carnival Triumph in 2013, when after a fire the plumbing system collapsed and passengers were exposed to untreated sewage. “The worst thing that has happened to me is something disgusting,” said passenger Ann Barlow to The Independent. There was sewage running through the walls and the floor. “There is poop and urine all over the floor, we had to defecate in plastic bags,” said Kalin Hill, another passenger.
As if that were not enough, we must consider that the walking times are quite short. The boats stay in port between 5 to 9 hours, so there is not much time to get to know a city. And do not forget that all passengers are traveling at the same time, so delaying returning can be a risk because the cruise will not wait for you. If you arrive late, you stay on land and your belongings go without you.
In case that happens, most of the cruise companies have agents in the port area who will look for an alternative to take the boat at the next stop. If you can not, your belongings will be sent to you once the cruise is over. Any of the alternatives will be expensive.
And finally, we must consider that cruise ships not only generate the same amount of sulfur dioxide fumes as 13.1 million cars in a day, but also pour into the ocean bilge water, a mixture of liquids from the fourth of machines, leaks, fuel residues, etc. that produce the boats and that is harmful to the environment.


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