I have a cruise (Carribbean) scheduled for 1/18/2003. With talk of Iraqi invasions and terrorist cells operating as usual... I'm begining to think of how vulnerable ships coould be out there. Hey don't get me wrong... I love cruising ...and I don't want to be downwer, so please don't take this post that way. But it has crossed my mind more than once.
I agree. I think we are vulnerable just about anywhere. If I'm going to go while on a cruiseship...I just hope it is at the end of the cruise!
Mary Lou Scanlon
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an old preacher once said live like you,ll be here forever, but be ready to go anytime!Sir wrote:
> I have a cruise (Carribbean) scheduled for 1/18/2003. With
> talk of Iraqi invasions and terrorist cells operating as
> usual... I'm begining to think of how vulnerable ships coould
> be out there. Hey don't get me wrong... I love cruising ...and
> I don't want to be downwer, so please don't take this post that
> way. But it has crossed my mind more than once.
I truly understand your concerns. I had a few of mine own until I read the article written by Anne Cambell on this exact subject. There is a link to it on the cruisemates.com home page. The link is CRUISE LINES RESPOND QUICKLY TO TERRORISM. It was wonderful food for thought. --Kelly
I live in Manhattan and wouldn't hesitate to go on a cruise at any time. Since 9/11/01, I've taken six ships and even sailed from Istanbul.
It's a new fact of our times that there are bad guys out there. But no one knows when -- or if -- something will happen. Yes, a ship is a target but there are still lots of targets left in my home town. But like the 8 million other people who live in New York, I just go about my daily business. What I've also learned is anytime I project about something that may happen, I'm always wrong.
The most likely scenario is that you're going to have a fantastic cruise and no problems at all.
I share your sentiments too. But I will still cruise whenever my finances and work schedules allow. I think it's a long shot to be attacked while on a cruise but the possibility is still there. In fact, there have been reports of suspected attacks on a cruise ship in Seattle.
Personally I believe the cruise ships offer easy targets to terrorists. It would take nothing to run a 60 ft. Donzi loaded with explosives into the side of a ship at 100 miles off the coast. It wasn't that much of a threat a few years ago when using suicide as a weapon wasn't the method of delivery. Now that suicide is part of the attack a lot of otherwise safe havens are now vulnerable.
The cruise ships have more security in place now than before. For example, the pier at Nassau, Bahamas was only available to those with cruise badges. Last year, locals were all around us the minute we stepped off the ship. Additionally, Coast Guard escorted us in and out of ports!
Terrorists will succeed no matter where they strike as long as they are willing to die as well. I refuse to become overly concerned about whether my next activity will be their target. I won't ignore real warnings, but I refuse to fret unnecessarily ...