It's a cruise ship
for crying out loud, not a sailboat on a cruise
. That means people that read the glossy brochures that have all the wonderful pictures of fun in the sun and absolutely No
experience of the sea take the trip. The trip is Not
advertised as a trip out of season. It is advertised as the cruise season.
What would anyone novice
expect. The passengers are not seasoned sailors and do not go expecting the trip to be ruff to the point of equipment
and goods to be thrown across the decks.
The issue is one of profit making. The company tries to get one or two to many trips in at the end of the season. Their attitude is summed up clearly in their statement that they will not refund injured passengers their money
. They have stated that they will instead, give the passengers a discount on another trip. What a cheap
way out. Most passengers will never intend to go again, not because of what they went through, just for the fact they won't be interested in doing it again.
It's pretty clear that the Captain
has pressure placed on him to meet schedules. There is no other way of running a cruise ship
, but to stick to a schedule. You have passengers meeting and leaving the ship via flight schedules. An no passenger paid to be on a ship that is tied to the Dock
. Yes the Captain
has the last say in the schedule, but I bet the Bosses above him put a lot of pressure on him to go.
Personally I hope the injured passengers sue the pants of the cruise company. Maybe it will make them think a little more.