If/when the US attacks Iraq, I think it will be a very short war. We're talking the might of the US armed forces against forces of Iraq, which are even less well equipped and trained now than they were during Desert Storm.
The United States armed forces on the other hand have continued to make technilogical advances in the their weaponry, beyond the scope of thought of Iraq.
Their may be some after shock reprocussions to the war to be concerned with, but the war itself won't last long.
No we will go on our cruise. We are booked on the Feb. 23 sailing of the Paradise and the Sept. 28th sailing of the Pride and plan to take both of them. I don't think that us staying at home is going to do any good for anyone. We will go and enjoy the free upgrades that come when others cancel.
Well, I will probably book another cruise. When/if this happens, I am anxious to see what the cruise lines do in Europe with the itineraries. I think many will cancel their Med cruises if the lines do indeed stay there. I hope they stay and the prices are cheap cause I'll book one.
I am not booked, but if I were, the only reason I would cancel is because I work for a defense contractor and might be required to work longer hours and give up vacations for a time. That's a sacrifice I'd gladly make, if necessary.
Now posting as MichelleP.
Heck no !
When I was in Vietnam, I heard that the folks back home were basicaly living a normal life, partying, cruising ( i guess) and whatever, so I figure I owe it to the troops to carry on
and carry on I shall.
Rick, won't you be there to protect us?
Seriously, our next cruise is out of NY on the Legend in May. There is no flying involved so that eliminates one concern. I'd say, as long as the ships are sailing from NY and as long as I feel the family in NY are OK then we are going.
I'm not booked but if I were I would cancel. I just don't think I'd have a good time knowing our citizens are dying and I'm laying on a pool deck at sea with people serving me drinks and such. I'd feel guilty living that lifestyle when our brothers,sisters, sons and daughters are fighting to survive.
Thomas.. I'm sure there will be many people who think as you do, and it's certainly a normal reaction. I believe everyone will take pause.... however....
In the event of a war (more drawn out than I personally think this one would be) should people stay home glued to the TV watching it on CNN? Should schools and businesses close their doors for the duration? Should people quit going out to restaurants or to a movie?
I don't think for a minute anyone would be unaware of the tragedy of what is going on, no matter what they're doing. But to stop what you're doing, and to do severe damage to the economy seems to go in the face of the reason there's a war.
Yes, people will be losing their lives... and if everyone "at home" stays at home until it's over, people "at home" would be losing their jobs, their homes, their businesses. The "enemy" would have scored a victory regardless of losing the war.
I feel the same way you do but it seems were are the only ones. I would like to ask some of these people how much partying they were doing yesterday after we got the news of the shuttle? For myself, I just had a sick feeling all day and its still there today, I am sure it will gradually go away but no I didn't go out and drink , party, celebrate last night. What about after the JFK death, how much partying was going on in the nation. These are just my personal opinions, but just to keep the economy going seems like a shallow reason to me, Best Regards, Buck
I'm booking a cruise for Easter and I come from the U.K. so will have to fly to Miami or Fort Lauderdale. I have never cancelled any holiday and I will not be intimidated - We have lived with the threat of bombs and terrorism for a long time - unfortunately you get used to it but never become immune. We also have troops in Iraq but the Brits motto is: 'Carry on no matter what' - people should travel - look what has happened to the airlines since 9/11 (my husband works for an airline and has been directly affected by people not travelling particularly on the Atlantic routes - come on all you travellers - Europe is a great place with fantastic history and lots to see or do) - do we want the same for the cruise ships?
As one personally involved and directly connected to 9/11, my family suffered great losses that day. I let it paralyze me for many months and I have come SO far that I refuse to let anything paralyze me like that again. If I do - they have won.
My heart, thoughts and prayers will certainly be with the courageous men and women that are fighting to preserve what we sometimes so proudly take for granted, our freedom. I plan to exercise that freedom by taking my hard earned vacation time and making the most of it. Maybe that sounds selfish, but like I said- I will never again give in to terror.