– Avalon Myanmar – Myanmar River Cruise – April 2017
*Azamara Club Cruises – Azamara Journey – Singapore to Dubai (April 8, 2018)
* Azamara Quest – Southeast Asia and Japan (February 2015)
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? – Part I
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part II
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part III
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part IV
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? – Some Final Observations and Thoughts
– The Prologue to the Travelogue
– The Adventure Begins…With a Bump or Two
– Settling In Made Easy
– Luxury Touches Here, There and OK, Not, Everywhere…But There Are Lots of Them!
– Asian Flair Onboard and On Shore
– Private Tours, Israel and Conflicts in Perceptions and Perspective
Celebrity Equinox 2009 – Egypt…Impressive and Depressing
– Dining With the Captain and the Reidel Wine Seminar
– The Last Dinner (Tuscan Grille) and Disembarkation
– What Happens When A Class Act Meets Highly Discounted Cruise Fare
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part I
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part II
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part III
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part IV (Food & Wine!)
– Princess Cruises Doesn’t Treat You Like Royalty; Celebrity Cruises Does! Which is a Better Value for the Upscale Cruise Guest? Part I
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. -Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part II: The Standard Veranda Staterooms
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part III: Treating You Right From The Start
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part IV: The Wine Lists Speak Volumes (As Do The Beverage Packages)
Regent Seven Seas Voyager – August 2017
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part I
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part II (Getting There, The Stateroom and First Impressions)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part III (“You Can’t Teach Five Star Service” and Bonafacio, Corsica)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part IV (Calvi, Monaco, Portofino, Porto Azzurro…and Stale Bread)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part V (My Last Day…and How The Chef’s Team Makes It Happen)
It seems that just about every travel conversation of late at least mentions the Carnival Triumph ordeal. Frankly, I am pretty tired of it. A terrible accident yesterday at the Daytona Speedway proved my point.
Just before the finish line there was a terrible accident involving 10 cars (one of which was literally sent airborne). It was so bad that 28 fans sitting in the stands were injured, three quite seriously. But…and this is the point…every single driver walked way from the accident, including the driver of the car that went airborne, without injury.
|Daytona Speedway Crash – Courtesy of Reuters|
So what does this have to do with the Carnival Triumph and cruise ship design? Absolutely everything.
This past week, while at the International Forum of Travel and Tourism Advocates (IFTTA) North American Conference we discussed the Carnival Triumph and the points raised in my recent article in Travel Market Report, VIEWPOINT: Let’s Get Real About Cruise Safety.
As an example I argued that there is a definite economic component to the safety of any vehicle…including automobiles. I argued that we have the technology to make our cars far safer than they are and race cars prove the point. It sort of started with 5 mile per hour bumpers being a safety issue, but too expensive. Later airbags became the safety issue, but with a cost. And now it is sacrificial engines (finally) where the engine is collapsed downward rather than forced into the passenger compartment.
But why, even with these improvements, aren’t our automobiles safer? I mean do you think you could take your present car, have it rammed, lofted airborne and then walk away from the accident? Didn’t think so. But the technology to do it exists!
The answer is simple and two-fold:
Turning to the Carnival Triumph, with all of the “experts” claiming that keeping the passengers and crew safe with a fire onboard and essentially no power for days was simply not enough I have to ask:
Now, let’s talk about the fencing that was supposed to protect those 28 injured fans…28 more than were injured on the Carnival Triumph…No, I don’t want to get into how many millions of NASCAR fans are not injured watching races. Just sayin’!
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