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Old June 5th, 2005, 07:09 AM
Virginia Tedeschi
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Default Freeport, Grand Bahama

My family (son, daughter-in-law, two grandchildren ages 3 1/2 and 18 months, daughter-in-law's parents and I) booked a tour on the Glass Bottom Boat in Freeport, Grand Bahamas on Friday, May 27, 2005. There were about 40 other passengers who were on this particular tour with us. This tour was approved by Royal Caribbean Cruise and it was booked per the Voyager of the Seas cruise ship. My experience, as well as the other passengers on the Glass Bottom boat, was most terrifying. The waves were quite high and at any moment I thought that the Glass Bottom boat would capsize into the ocean. Also, the pilot of this small boat raced the boat through the ocean and he made sharp turns. When I asked his assistant, a young Bahamian man, if the ocean was always so rough, he replied, "No, today the water is especially rough and active". Thereupon, I asked him why they would take us (the passengers) on the Glass Bottom boat and jeopardize our safety. In addition, when we boarded this small boat, no one bothered to explain what procedures we could take if there was an emergency. Nor were we informed as to the use of the Life Jackets which were stored above us on the boat. I personally do not recommend taking the tour on the Glass Bottom Boat in Freeport, Grand Bahama, if you have young children and/or unable to swim in rough currents in the ocean (if perchance the boat should capsize). It seems as no one really cared about the safety of the passengers and the only concern was how much money they would get for the tickets irregardless of the weather and ocean conditions. I should also like to mention that several years ago, my husband and I rode in a Glass Bottom boat in Bermuda and it was a most calm and relaxing event for us. At that time, I felt completely safe. Thank You.
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