Posted by on Nov 26, 2017 in Dock Injuries | 0 comments

I once told a friend that if I ever set foot on a cruise, it would have to be at gunpoint. I simply hated the idea of them. People just sitting around, being lazy, getting pushed around the sea or the ocean so they can dip their toes in the water for half an hour and then go watch hokey shows on the ship and eat bad buffet food.

That was my opinion a few years ago, and now…I’d say my opinion has changed, or rather the facts remain the same, but all the sudden it sounds pretty good.

What really changed was that I had a kid. Suddenly, my life was super busy and super stressful. A few years ago, I was full of energy and ready to go climb mountains and explore new cities when I had a break, now, I just want to sleep, or do something as close to sleeping as possible that still counts as activity.

So now, a cruise sounds like the best idea ever invented. Bad buffet food? That means I don’t have to cook or go pick up food from a restaurant. Hokey shows? So I can just walk a few feet and be entertained for a couple hours? Deal. Sitting around and having others drive me around the Caribbean so I can put my feet in the water for thirty minutes? That sounds like the best way to feel like I accomplished something I can imagine.

Basically, I’m in love with the cruise idea now. But here’s the thing. While I’ve become much more inclined to a lazy vacation, I’ve also become a worrier. So, instead of just booking a cabin on a ship, I started googling what can go wrong on a ship, which is, of course, a lot.

Apparently, all sorts of things can (and have) gone wrong. There can be catastrophic engine failure and ships crashing into ships. The food can all be poisoned. Even the dock can injure you!

All those worries have now led me away from the relaxing image of me half-asleep on the beach with the wind blowing through my hair and towards images out of The Poseidon Adventure, as I lead my family to safety through every Hollywood hazard available within budget.

I need to keep reminding myself that every form of travel has its potential disasters. Plains go down, cars crash, ship toilets stop working. It’s all part of life and you can’t really prepare for it.

What I need to do is stop stressing. What I need is a vacation. What I need is a super safe cruise ship that’s going to ferry me to my dream beach for a day so I can sleep and feel like I’ve accomplished something.

When I think about it like that, I think I might just have to take the chance and go anyway. What’s the worst that could happen? At least The Poseidon Adventure would be interesting.

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