Repeat Cruisers on the Rise
Escape at Sea?
But psychologist Judy Rosenberg doesnt see it that way. She thinks compulsive cruising, if taken to an unhealthy extreme, may be harmful to travelers. A cruise meets all of our narcissistic needs, she says. You can have instant friends, instant service and instant sex. Is it destructive? Not necessarily. But you arent dealing with the problem that is causing you to cruise all the time.
Rosenberg says she believes passengers who take repeat trips, or who never leave the ship, are doing so because they havent coped with a traumatic event in their lives a death of a child or a spouse, or a divorce. It isnt that they like to cruise as much that the trip helps them avoid reality, like leaving the planet. Eventually, they have to come back to the here and now.
The die-hards may dispute her take on compulsive cruisers. And goodness knows, there are plenty of cruisaholics out there. When I last wrote about the perils of a floating vacation this summer, I got flooded with e-mails from cruise addicts who were angry at my suggestions that the all-you-can-eat buffets were stocked with starchy food, or my insinuations about lecherous crew members.
This flaming event led me to develop another theory: That cruising has become a religion, complete with its own temples (cruise ships), prophets (cruise agents), and scripture (ABCs enduring The Love Boat). The folks who were shooting angry e-mails to me were, in fact, accusing me of blasphemy how dare I criticize their faith?
I dont want to go overboard with my analogy, but suffice it to say that there are some of you out there, dear readers, who are lost at sea.
Christopher Elliott, a k a The Crabby Traveler, is a writer based in Annapolis, Maryland. His column appears on Tuesdays.
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