What Your Cruise Ship Staff Isn’t Telling You

Taking a cruise is a wonderful way to unwind and get away from the rat race that is life. Or is it?

After the Carnival Cruise ship “Triumph” experienced its not so triumphant year, we decided to take a look at how common cruise ship malfunctions really are. Here are some facts to consider — things you won’t find in the brochures.

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Cruise Ships Sink

The Titanic was the unsinkable cruise ship, and it sunk. Of course, ships haven’t stopped sinking since the Titanic’s day. In fact, 15 cruise ships have sunk since 1995.

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Man Overboard!

In the last 20 years, 246 people have gone overboard on cruise ships, and an average of 20 people go “missing” per year.

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Cruise ships make for the perfect breeding ground and hotbed for viruses such as the Norovirus (2005), which is spread through fecal-oral transmittance. In 2002, the CDC received reports of 21 outbreaks from 17 cruise ships, which is the most on record to date. Check the CDC for outbreaks, and always bring antibacterial sanitizers with you to wipe down all surfaces.