I agree. Upon announcing my upcoming cruise, I could not believe how many of my friends and associates told me how dangerous cruising is - they have all heard of people falling over and/or dissappearing on a cruise. So its very true that the media hype's effect on the general population is that its risky and people are just randomly falling overboard left and right. These cases make headlines, true, but most likely those same people would be doing theirselves in no matter where they were partying. Responsible drinking is responsible drinking wherever you go. People fall over balconies from hotel rooms when intoxicated. They walk off the curb in front of oncoming cars when drunk. They drown in pools. They do all sorts of stupid things. No rule or policy can save the extremely intoxicated from theirselves. Hang the fault on the bartenders? Please!
Originally Posted by Angelgal
I am a big time cruiser and the cruiselines have been getting some bad publicity in the news lately. I hear people say they don't want to cruise because they are afraid of falling overboard or have someone throw them overboard.
If this case makes the news and the news like the story..... it will start to make big headlines against the cruiselines because some young man fell overboard. People who have never cruised will most likely be on the jury and if I was on the jury I would say it was an accident and the cruiseline should pay for this accident. It is very clear that the young man didn't mean to jump if they have a video of the accident.
If I was the lawyer I would have stated that if the rail had been higher the young man would not have had the experience of falling overboard.
I feel sorry for the parents who lost their son due to an accident on the ship. People go cruising thinking they are going to be safe. People who hear about people falling overboard have becomed frightened of cruising.
I am not afraid of cruising at all. But some people are because the news media makes it look bad for the cruiselines. They always take the side of the cruisers I have noticed. It makes good news.
Once the parents show up on the Oprah show.... people will feel sorry for the parents.