Seems like stories are coming out daily now!! Anyone else think it's because cruising has become more popular?
Still not going to keep me off a ship!
A bad cruise is still better than a good week at work!!!
Fascination, My Birthday Cruise!
10-02-05 Valor My favorite yet!
10-23-04 Triumph (Honeymoon of my dreams)
One of the girls at my work thought about taking a cruise and changed her mind because she was afraid of falling off the ship. My response to her was that you can't accidentially trip and fall off. Your either tossed off or the person is being a drunk idiot and standing on someing too close to the rail. I showed her a picture of me standing next to the railing and she said.. OH... Yep.. your right.
I feel very sorry for the young man and his family. I hope they find him.
Life is too short to let the ship of your dreams sail without you.
Carnival Destiny Feb. 2006
Carnival Fascination Feb. 2007
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Feb. 2008 The DTW & MsBJ tour
Carnival Valor MsBJ and Dina Feb. 2009
Carnival Glory MsBJ and Dina Feb. 2010
Carnival Dream MsBJ and Dina Feb. 2011
In case you're concerned about safety, here are the crime statistics for the cruise industry. I agree, we're hearing this more often now.
Cruise Industry Crime Statistics
According to a report issued by The International Council of Cruise Lines, the odds of experiencing any crime aboard a cruise ship are remote. ICCL's report, based on 15 cruise lines' submissions during a three year period (2003-2005), says that there were 206 complains from passengers and crew when more than 31 million people sailed. These include 178 complains of sexual assault, four robberies and 24 missing persons. The report will be presented Tuesday, March 4, 2006 before the before the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations in Washington, D.C.
I too think that we're hearing more about these incidents simply because cruising has become so much more popular lately. The stats show that you're very, very safe on a cruise, and it's certainly not going to change my love for cruising, and the sea. The lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) and I are booked on the Mariner in April of '07, with a few cruises between, and we can't wait for the next, and the next, and the next!
See you aboard,
"A passenger reported missing on a cruise to the Bahamas fell overboard after a night of heavy drinking with friends, authorities said Wednesday as Coast Guard crews suspended their search for the man.
They found that DiPiero and his friends concealed liquor in mouthwash bottles and brought a bottle of rum in their luggage. The friends videotaped themselves drinking the alcohol Sunday afternoon, and DiPiero continued drinking until midnight, investigators said."
Gee maybe that's why they don't allow you to bring your own liquor on board. No control over consumption (not that you couldn't spend money and get just as drunk). Anybody want to bet the family blames RCI? As I've said many times, you can't legislate STUPIDITY. My condolances to the family for their loss but this was totally preventable.
I would guess the last poster hit it right on the head. The family probably already has a lawyer. I too am sorry for the family but you don't just fall overboard. We all know that.
One thing--- did anyone bother to read the other headlines or items in the paper that was reporting this incident? There were numerous other crimes, including murders but they seemed so ho-hum--- just another day or two in Florida. Now someone missing on a cruiseship--- hey-- that's hot--- not just another humdrum murder, rape or everyday roberry.
Some 8-10 years ago the same thing happened to a drunken teen on a Carnival ship. The ship had left San Juan and a fellow decided to relieve himself off one of the top decks. Fortunately his friends were there to see him fall in. Carnival sent boats, the Coast Guard brought helicopters; the drunken teenager swam 4 miles, turned up on the beach!