Cruises are supposed to be think-free vacations, not stinky vacations. Idle days by the pool with umbrella-adorned fruity drinks, not a weeklong survivalist camping trip with no power and no bathrooms.
Will the saga of Carnival's Triumph, summed up by
Obviously, cruising is big business in South Florida, and vital to our regional interests. Thousands of tourists flock here weekly for cruises departing from
Last year, a Carnival affiliate in Europe endured a deadly tragedy when the Costa Concordia ran aground off the coast of Italy and then capsized and sank. This wasn't nearly as traumatic, but it still was a public relations nightmare.
Amazingly, I've never been on a cruise, not even after living in South Florida for nearly 24 years. I prefer not being a captive at sea, even under the best of circumstances, and then herding off a ship like cattle at pre-ordained stops. I like being free to roam on vacations, going where my curiosity and spontaneity might take me.
But I've heard lots of people tout the wonders of cruising, and at some point I'd like to check one out. If the Triumph crisis causes lingering fallout, this summer's discounts might have gotten a whole lot steeper.