Cruise Safety Essay

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Safety before Fun This past February, 22 Carnival Cruise Lines passengers were robbed in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico while on a shore excursion planned by Carnival. According to “the passengers were robbed of valuables and their passports…” Carnival has not released details of the robbery; but, Carnival did make a statement claiming “Carnival is working with guest to reimburse them for lost valuables and assist with lost passports…” ( When I read this article, I immediately wondered what precautions could have been in place to prevent this from happening. Carnival knew of the rise of crime in that part of Mexico. In my opinion, Carnival should have changed the route regularly to insure the safety of each person on that excursion. Executive vice President of CLIA, Bob Sharak stated in a recent article “From 2005 through 2010 more than 100 million people took a cruise vacation. In that period there were 16 fatal marine-related casualties." (Sharak 57). With this revealing statistic, new and current cruise passengers should not feel uneasy when it comes to taking a cruise. Cruise ship vacations shouldn’t be avoided due to safety concerns expressed in the media. Cruise ships are highlighted in the news, but not as often as we think. When an incident does happen on a cruise ship the news media has a field day. In January 2012 the Costa Concordia capsized off of the coast of Italy. Local and international headlines began to compare the Costa Concordia to the Titanic. On the Canadian television website the headline grabbing our attention, and trying to persuade future cruise passengers was “Titanic to Costa Concordia, has safety at sea improved?” ( This is an unfair headline. The Costa Concordia is the first ship to capsize due to human error since the Titanic. The key is safety. As a person that travels on cruises twice a year safety is

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