Let the Music Play Carnival Miracle Music Video

“Let the Music Play”

I filmed the video in the Gulf of California, Mexico at 6:30 AM Leaving Cabo San Lucas on the Carnival Cruise ship “Miracle” Top of the ship Level 12. I got up early to catch the sunrise. It was a beautiful morning with the sunrise, the Blue sky, the clouds and the wind in my hair.

The video turned out great. I am getting better at my 360/Tiny world videos plus they are a blast to make. I love the music and arrangement in the song. It is a fun EDM song to sing and super easy to play on piano.

Here are some of the Lyrics.
Verse 1:
Here we go lets take a ride we go so far away,
You will find your self in the spotlight
everyone’s trying to sail away
Everyone’s got their own way
Live in the moment and find your place in this world

Turn up the music and lose your self
Feel it now, It feels so right
So, Baby, let’s stay it turns me on, let the music play
I like the sound
Let me hear you sing it
Doo Doo too doo do dun dum
— at Gulf of Mexico.

Video: Let The Music Play (Ron Martyn Music Video)

Acapulco Mexico Attempt At Luring Tourists To Drug Violence Plague Region Failing

Acapulco Attempts Cruise Party Atmosphere Revival

On March 27, 2017, Mexico’s biggest travel trade show, annual tourism fair Tianguis Turistico Mexico,  kicked off in Acapulco, where organizers were hoping to inject new energy into the destination’s tourist industry.  Acapulco and areas inland in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero have been plagued by high levels of crime and drug gang killings. Most cruise lines discontinued making  port calls in Acapulco. Those cruise companies who continued to call, saw steep decline in bookings around 2010.

Just as the cruise industry was willing to try Acapulco again, Holland America Line (HAL) canceled eight cruise ship arrivals for 2017 over security concerns.  “Given recent security concerns, Holland America Line has replaced its arrivals to Acapulco, Mexico, with alternative Mexican ports in eight cruises scheduled between 2017 and 2018,” said the cruise line in a prepared statement, adding that the safety of its clients was its “highest priority.”

Not all cruise lines have abandoned Acapulco cruise ship calls.  Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’  cruise ship MS Europa is scheduled for a 17-day cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia  to Acapulco, Mexico from June 1, 2017 to June 18, 2017 for € 7,690 per person. Sailing from Canada, Canadians will pay $10,930.83 (CAN).

The cruise will make an unusual call at Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, June 3 on the Willamette River at 1900 hours.   Then, the cruise ship leaves Portland the next day, Sunday, June 4 with a day at sea before calling in San Francisco.

Targeted to beer loving Germans where the cruise line is located, the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises website says, “The EUROPA arrives in the state capital of Oregon via the Columbia and Willamette rivers. One of the special things about Portland is that it has over 32 breweries. Visit some of the best breweries* and taste some stouts, ambers and ales. Not far away are the steep banks and many waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge*: set out in the morning on a hike to enjoy the amazing sights.”

With calls at American ports of San Francisco, Monterey, San Diego, they then cruise to the Mexican cruise ports of  Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo before calling at Acapulco and Mexico City.

The passengers then have the choice to fly to Frankfurt, Germany. It appears the itinerary targets Germans who will fly to Canada to board their cruise, cruise to Mexico, then fly home to Germany.

  • U.S State Department Warnings – Acapulco (December 8, 2016)

Guerrero State (includes Acapulco, Ixtapa, Taxco, and Zihuatanejo)

Personal travel to the state of Guerrero, including Acapulco, is prohibited for U.S. government personnel with the exception of travel to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo by air. In Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, U.S. government personnel must remain in tourist areas. The state of Guerrero was the most violent state in Mexico in 2015 for the third year in a row, and self-defense groups operate independently of the government in many areas of Guerrero. Armed members of these groups frequently maintain roadblocks and, although not considered hostile to foreigners or tourists, are suspicious of outsiders and should be considered volatile and unpredictable. Read more

  • Tennis World USA Warnings  – Acapulco (March 4, 2017)

Warning on the Tennis World USA website say, “The Guerriero State in South of Mexico is one of the most violent states in the World. Its three millions inhabitants listen, see or read about crime stories or kidnapping. According to the local press, three clans handle the drugs traffic and not even the thousands of soldiers can stop them.

In spite of that Acapulco, that is one of the most loved cities by tourists, welcomes some of the best tennis players in the World, this year including Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. The tournament is owned by Mextenis, ran by Pegaso Group, that handles the safety of the players, who are protected by bodyguards wherever they go. Also, they stay in the luxurious Princess Mundo Imperial hotel, which is very close to the beach and the tournament site too.” Read more

  • CBC Canada  – Acapulco (March 13, 2016)  – 

As gangs fight in the street, violence-plagued Acapulco battles to lure back tourists

“Once known as a jet-set party town, Acapulco’s reputation has taken a hit in recent years due to a high rate of violent crime, often related to drug cartels.

Acapulco’s murder rate has earned it the title of Mexico’s most dangerous city, and one of the most dangerous places in the world.

In 2015, there were 903 homicides in Acapulco. With a population of just over 860,000, that makes Acapulco the world’s fourth-most violent city, according to Mexican think-tank Seguridad Justicia y Paz, which compiles the list based on per-capita murder rates. (Caracas, Venezuela was ranked first.)” Read more

InSight Crime Analysis  – Acapulco ( April 3, 2017)

“The targeted security strategy does appear to have been successful in certain municipalities such as Acapulco in Guerrero, Monterrey in Nuevo León, and Puebla in the state of the same name. The respective decreases of roughly 15, 33 and 35 percent in the homicide rates in these municipalities are significant, given that these three areas have been at the heart of feuds between rival criminal groups vying for control of illicit economies.

But the few and rather slight security improvements are largely overshadowed by the extreme rise in homicides in numerous municipalities. And this dynamic serves as a reminder that Mexico’s security institutions continue to struggle to rein in violence in areas of states that have traditionally been hotbeds for organized crime.” Read more

Vice.com  – Mexico’s Drug Cartels Love Social Media (Nov 4 2013)

“This vulnerability was already demonstrated when the hack group known as Anonymous, conducted attacks on the Zetas cartel in 2011, accessing their private data and threatening to reveal members’ names. However, the cartel quickly retaliated by “hiring” its own security specialists, and Anonymous backed down after one of its members was allegedly abducted.

Clearly, cartels aren’t packing their members off to computer science evening classes at the local community college, and it’s likely the more specialized experts have been kidnapped. “They may be engaging young computer scientists in Mexico and giving them a good salary, but if they still require a skill, they just kidnap someone who has it,” Antoine explained. “As of 2012, we had at least 36 cases of engineers who were snatched by the cartels, including an IBM employee, never to be seen again.” Read more

View from our Puerto Aventuras condo. Just out of view to the left, at the back of a cul-de-sac was the home of a well-known major drug lord. We stumbled upon the property at curb side, in error.

Editors Note: 

Note the date of the last article above, two months after we arrived in the state of  Quintanaroo, including Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Puerto Aventuras, Cozumel, Akumal and  Tulum. We were in Quintanaroo from August 27,  2013 to September 9,  2014. There is more cartel crime in  the heavy tourism state of Quintanaroo, than is largely reported.

We were told by neighbors, who had seen an article on Vice.com, that during a period of three years, computer techs like us were being kidnapped and enslaved by the cartel to run their internet and communications.

Before arriving there in September 2013, this was not reported in main stream media. So, our ‘working retirement’ in Mexico was cut to 13 months and we rarely went outside of our Oceanfront gated community in Puerto Aventuras.

 

Video Playlist: Our Time in Puerto Aventuras

 

Caribbean CDC Travel Alert Zika Virus Outbreaks

Medical facilities on cruise ships can vary widely depending on ship size, itinerary, length of cruise, and passenger demographics. Generally, shipboard medical clinics can provide medical care comparable to that of ambulatory care centers. Although no official agency regulates medical practice aboard cruise ships, consensus-based guidelines for cruise ship medical facilities were published by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in 1995, most recently updated in 2013. The ACEP guidelines, which are followed by most major cruise lines, state that the cruise ship medical facilities should maintain the following minimum capabilities:

Provide emergency medical care for passengers and crew; Stabilize patients and initiate reasonable diagnostic and therapeutic interventions; Facilitate the evacuation of seriously ill or injured patients.

Cruise ship medical clinics deal with a wide variety of illnesses and injuries.  According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), “Approximately 3%–11% of conditions reported to cruise ship infirmaries are urgent or an emergency. Approximately 95% of illnesses are treated or managed aboard, and 5% require evacuation and shore side consultation for medical, surgical, and dental problems. Approximately half of passengers who seek medical care are older than 65 years. Most (69%–88%) passenger dispensary visits are due to medical conditions, of which respiratory (19%–29%) and gastrointestinal (GI) (9%–10%) illnesses are the most frequently reported diagnoses. Approximately 10%–25% of passengers report seasickness, and injuries (typically from slips, trips, or falls) account for 12%–18% of medical visits. Death rates for cruise ship passengers, most often from cardiovascular events, range from 0.6 to 9.8 deaths per million passenger-nights.”

Bugs BeGone

Bugs BeGone

Women who are pregnant or could be pregnant  should use extra precautions in the following cruise ports: Bugs BeGone

Recent Caribbean Outbreak Travel Alerts

March 10, 2017 – Zika Virus in Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten and the US Virgin Islands.

More CDC Zika Virus Information

 

Beach Shark Tooth Treasure Hunting Relaxing and Rewarding

While on the beach at cruise ports around the world, there is more to do than spreading out on the sand to eat and drink. While some cruise ship passengers like to para-sail, wind surf, snorkel, dive or take excursions to local businesses, others prefer a more relaxed past time, shark tooth hunting.

This huge fossilized shark tooth was recently discovered by a diver off the North Carolina coast. It’s believed to be one of the largest ever found and belonged to 60 foot Megalodon shark! The tooth was found by Rochelle Bunning. Image from Irma Wilson of Hampstead, NC via the Topsail Gazette. It appears to measure over eight inches long, the largest recorded shark tooth we could find.

Mark Havenstein of Low Country Geologic found his “over seven-incher” on Tuesday, October 29, 2002 while scuba diving for fossils in a low country river in the ACE River Basin, Colleton County, South Carolina. The actual measurement of this amazing shark tooth is 7 3/32 inches, just shy of 7 1/8. This megalodon tooth had only a few minor imperfections; it required no restoration.

When hunting for shark teeth, these are some of the typical finds: Angustidens, Auriculatus, Bull, Chubutensis, Cow, Great white, Hammerhead, Hemipristis (hemi), Lemon, Mako, Megalodon (mega), Sand, Threser and Tiger.

Our shark tooth video playlist will show examples of most and give you some tips on where to look.

However, if you find a Fossilized Shark Tooth in another nation it could complicate your trip as it may be considered “cultural artifacts” or “national treasures”, and there can be penalties are severe. Check on the law in the countries you will be visiting. Last I heard, Mexico prohibited the export of all artifacts or treasures, including seashells.

Bringing shark teeth into the United States or Canada may be a problem, if the teeth are not totally clean. Those governments are fighting against bacteria and disease which may be within the attached soil or sand. There is no value in keeping the soil or sand attached to the tooth, so clean them completely in good clean water before packing to bring home.

See the U.S. Customs and Border Protection law on seashells, and, pebbles and driftwood. There is also some guidance for travelers going to the Caribbean for these things at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service International Affairs/

 

Sun Princess Cruise Ship Passenger Overboard

Australia Sun Princess cruise ship passenger overboard

Australia Sun Princess cruise ship passenger overboard

Auckland entertainer Will Martin was aboard Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess, in a gig as a headliner entertainer on Friday, February 17, 2017 around 4:00 pm local time when he reported to his Facebook fans, that  a cruise ship passenger went overboard.

Sun Princess was sailing between Brisbane Australia in the Northwestern province of Queensland and New Caledonia, when the man overboard (MOB) alert went out over the ship’s public address system.

Two life rings were tossed overboard and the cruise ship stopped, turned around and deployed a rescue boat to look for the woman who was not named. Within a reported 15 minutes the ship had turned around to look for the passenger.

However, the woman never made it to either life rings. Around 4:30, the passenger had been located by the rescue boat and was being returned to the cruise ship.

Typically, passenger overboard incidents are categorized as suicides or suicidal behavior. It’s virtually impossible to accidentally fall from a cruise ship.  Suicidal behavior incidents typically fall into the “alcohol was involved” sub-category. Though, they are commonly acts by young thrill seekers, testing their abilities without considering the science of a cruise ship moving at an average speed of 20 knots (26 mph).

On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2017, Kevin Wellons, a passenger from Michigan went overboard from Carnival Elation. Wellons was on a 5-day Bahamas cruise with his girlfriend when he went missing from the cruise ship.

Wellons was the second person overboard in 2017.  Jeon Pierre Knorr, 74, went overboard while and he and his wife were on a 7-night Caribbean cruise aboard MSC Cruises’s MSC Divina on January 2, 2017.

In 2016, our Cruise Ship Deaths website documented and confirmed 11 people who went overboard from cruise ships. In 2015, Cruise Ship Deaths confirmed 28 people went overboard.

It is very rare for a person who goes overboard to be found alive. August 2016, Ms Fan, 32, was on a Royal Caribbean cruise with her family when she alleged that she leaned over a railing too far and fell into the sea.

However, photos of the woman taken two days later, after a fishing boat came upon the woman and returned her to the cruise ship tell a different story. The short Asian woman could not have possibly accidentally fallen overboard by leaning over the railing too much; her center of gravity was too low for the 45 inch high railings.

These accounts, which are far too common, are usually created by persons who impulsively jumped overboard. Finding themselves in the sea and plucked from the ocean by rescuers, they fabricate an accidental fall over the railing. In one case, a woman claimed her boyfriend had tried to murder her.

On July  19, 2015, Flora Stuardo, 53, from Turin, Italy went overboard from the cabin balcony where she and her boyfriend Giovanni Piawere, were guests.  Costa Cruises’ Costa Fortuna was in Flam, Norway on a nine-day Northern Europe cruise when she was rescued from the ocean. She later recanted and said he did not push her.

Sarah Alexandra Kirby went overboard from  Carnival Destiny on October 21, 2012,  en route from Miami to Jamaica. After being in the ocean for an hour and a half, she was rescued by the cruise ship crew searching from within their rescue boat. Kirby admits alcohol was involved and she later filed a lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Lines for letting her get drunk.

September 3, 2009, a male passenger, 34, was aboard Carnival Sensation, when he crawled over his cruise ship cabin balcony after he argued with a woman. Witnesses who heard the argument, reported the man said he would jump and she told him to go ahead.

June 16, 2009, Larry Miller, 46, was aboard Carnival Inspiration, when he alleged that he was leaning overboard as the ship sailed into Tampa, Florida. He was found clinging to a buoy in the harbor.

Noojady Nithynanda Shetty, 49 and his wife Kasturi Nithyanda Shetty, 47, both from India,  were aboard Superstar Virgo on April 13, 2009, when he threatened to jump overboard during an argument. He jumped and she jumped in to rescue him. She was rescued, his body washed ashore two weeks later. His family alleges he was murdered for his money.

On March 5, 2007, Airforce Cadet Ernesto Guzman, 22, and Certified Lifeguard Clarice Partee, 20, fell overboard from Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess. Both were recovered. The couple were allegedly doing a “mutual activity” fueled by alcohol, when Partee fell overboard and Guzman jumped in to save her.

Kaylyn Rose Sommer Norwegian Pearl Overboard

Kaylyn Rose Sommer from  Charleston, South Carolina identified as woman #cruise ship passenger overboard off the coast of Cuba yesterday during the Mad Decent Boat party music festival

Norwegian Pearl Passenger Overboard Search Underway

Cruise Ship Deaths: Search underway off the coast of Cuba after a  female passenger who jumped off Norwegian Pearl during the Mad Decent Boat Party music cruise from Miami to Cozumel

Cruise Ship Passenger Mexico Medical Disembarking

Cruise Bruise: Ohio single mom stranded in Mexico when child needs surgery on #cruise raises $17,764+ online.

A cruise ship passenger family from Springfield, Ohio, who had driven to Galveston, Texas to embark on Carnival Triumph Monday, June 1, 2015, for a Caribbean cruise to Mexico was left pleading for help from strangers, when a child in the family needed medical attention while in Mexico.

The family, consisting of single mother Christie Johnson and her three children, drove cross-country to take the Caribbean cruise, with extended family members, when one child, Peyton Johnson, 12, became ill while on the cruise and was taken to the cruise ship medical center.

At the cruise ship medical center, Peyton Johnson was diagnosed with a medical condition, requiring surgery. As per standard medical practices, to protect the health of the child, the family was told they would be disembarked for medical treatment in Progreso, Mexico. Two of the children stayed with other family members aboard Carnival Triumph, and continued back to Ohio with those family members.

Read more on Cruise Bruise

Ferries To Cuba Becoming Reality

Cruise Bruise: Four ferry companies have been licensed today for  #ferry #cruise service from Florida to Cuba.

Today, four ferry companies have been licensed for cruises to Cuba. Baja Ferries, Havana Ferry Partners,United Caribbean Lines and Airline Brokers Co.

Baja Ferries is ready to start regular trips to Cuba with two ferries already being used in the Caribbean. California Star and La Paz Star are both already offering sailings into the Caribbean to Mazatlán, Mexico and Topolobampo, Mexico, both of which are located in the Gulf Of California.

The California Star has only first class tickets. The ferry cruise ship has a restaurant with buffet, a cafeteria, a nightclub bar, convenience store with everyday items and a boutique with souvenirs, as well as cabins. California Star offers both standard and handicap access cabins.

In addition, pets in cages are allowed on the ferry, within compliance of the laws of Mexico.

Read more on Cruise Bruise

Drunk Passenger Overboard Cozumel Mexico

Cruise Ship Deaths: Family of drunk passenger, 40, who went overboard on Carnival Conquest while #cruise ship was in Cozumel, Mexico sues cruise line.

September 23, 2011 –

On September 18, 2011, Clint Markham, 40, and his wife Michelle embarked on a Caribbean cruise from Galveston, Texas to Cozumel, Mexico aboard Carnival Conquest. What follows is directly taken from the lawsuit Michelle Markham, her mother-in-law and Clint’s children filed against Carnival Cruise Lines.

The court filing states, “On September 23, 2011, the couple went on a cruise excursion to Costa Maya Resort which they booked through Carnival Cruise Lines, “Isla Pasion by Twister” which featured an unlimited amount of alcoholic beverages. The excursion expressly invites passengers who are “daredevils at heart.”

“The consumption of alcohol began before Clint left the ship that day, and then continued on with unlimited Rum Punch, Margaritas and beer that started at 10:30 a.m. Clint Markham drank heavily until about 3:30 p.m. There was little food consumed by Clint Markham, mostly which consisted of tortilla chips, guacamole, Pico de Gallo and chicken nuggets available at the free buffet. ”

Read more on Cruise Ship Deaths

Carnival Triumph FBI Passenger Arrest

Cruise Bruise: American  passenger beat step-son bloody on #cruise to Mexico. FBI arrest made at Galveston, Texas.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 cruise ship passenger Joseph Allen, 44, was under ship’s arrest by security while the Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Triumph was on a Caribbean cruise to Mexico.

Carnival Triumph arrived in Galveston, Texas, on Saturday March 28, where Allen was immediately removed from the cruise ship. He now faces federal charges by the FBI for a child abuse case.

At sentencing for this federal crime for the following terms were given after he pleaded guilty.

The defendant is hereby sentenced to probation for a term of: 2 years.

The defendant shall participate in an approved program for domestic violence.

The defendant shall submit to periodic urine surveillance and/or breath, saliva and skin tests for the detection of drug abuse as directed by the probation officer.

The defendant will incur costs associated with such detection efforts based on ability to pay as determined by the probation officer.

The defendant shall participate in a program, inpatient or outpatient, for the treatment of drug and/or alcohol addiction, dependency or abuse which may include, but not be limited to urine, breath, saliva and skin testing to determine whether the defendant has reverted to the use of drugs and/or alcohol.

Further, the defendant shall participate as instructed and as deemed necessary by the probation officer and shall comply with all rules and regulations of the treatment agency until discharged by the Program Director with the approval of the probation officer.

The defendant shall further submit to drug-detection techniques, in addition to those performed by the treatment agency, as directed by the probation officer.

The defendant will incur costs associated with such drug/alcohol detection and treatment, based on ability to pay as determined by the probation officer.

The defendant shall attend a public, private, or private nonprofit offender rehabilitation program that has been approved by the Court, if an approved program is readily available within a 50-mile radius of the legal residence of the defendant, as required by 18 U.S.C. § 3563 for first time domestic violence crime convictions.

Miami No Longer The Busiest Cruise Ship Port

Cozumel View:  More #cruises #ship #passengers come to #Cozumel, #Mexico than #Miami, #Florida. Cruise Ship #excursions give boom to small, safe #Riviera #Maya #beaches.

Cozumel, Mexico has taken the top honor of becoming the busiest cruise ship port in North America, booting Miami, Florida from their prized claim to fame.

A study of cruise ship scheduled calls for Miami, Florida from December 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014 showed only 456 scheduled cruise ship calls for the busiest season of the year. Hurricane season officially ends on November 30 every year, ensuring safe seas for the busy holiday season sailings as well as for spring break.

In comparison, Cozumel, Mexico racked up a whopping 503 scheduled cruise ship calls from December 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014, passing Miami by nearly 50 cruise ships. With an average passenger load of 2,000 cruise ship passengers per ship, an average 100,000 passengers more will come through Cozumel instead of Miami.

Read more at Cozumel View

Video: Cozumel, Mexico cruise port

Cruise Ship MS Britannia Sinking Now In Netherlands

Cruise ship MS Britannia sinking in the Netherlands today. Nearly 200 evacuated in suburbs outside of Amsterdam. Britannia has a large hole in the stern of her hull.

The story is on  Cruise Ship Sinking website.

Cruise Ship Passenger Jumps Overboard

06/20/14

A cruise ship passenger from Mexico has jumped overboard from a cruise ship sailing off the coast of Brazil.

The missing cruise ship passenger was aboard MSC Cruises’ MSC Divina around 1700 hours on Wednesday, June 18, 2014,  when he jumped from the cruise ship from a height of 15 stories.

MSC Cruises notified the Brazilian military who conducted a search for Jorge Alberto Lopez Amores who lived and went to college in Mexico City. More on this case can be found on  Cruise Ship Missing

The Cruise From Hell – What Did You Expect?

Cruise Ship Complaints

This has been one of those busy weeks, where a cluster of events took place aboard cruise ships, which was somewhat exciting for the media as a whole.

There was the gentleman with a mustache and a pony tail who walked off his cruise ship in Jamaica and didn’t return. He became an addition to an ever long list of those people who went missing from a cruise ship, but not on Cruise Bruise nor on our Cruise Ship Missing website.

Was he a mysterious missing passenger case, or just a man who decided to bug out from the United States and live a life much less stressful? If a body washes ashore with signs of foul play, then at that point he becomes news worth reporting. For now, He’s a guy who got fed up with the rat race and is enjoying a new era of his life.

I totally get it. In September, my partner and I sold almost all our worldly possessions and hit the road in an SUV headed south to Mexico, Belize and the wider Caribbean. We posted to Facebook our plans months in advance, so nobody would report us “missing”. From time to time, we update our Facebook with photographs and videos which got out of control in massive volume.

So, doing what computer nerds do, we organize our collection of memories and experiences, forming, dozens more websites. We updated and modified the existing websites (now numbering 70) and a new life with a new agenda took root and is blossoming.

As the news continued, we heard about the Marco Polo, which got slapped by high seas, killing one elderly man and injury others who were near a window when the wave broke the glass with wind and seas ruining their meal in the restaurant and giving them injuries, mostly minor in the larger scheme of things. It’s that event that brings me to the topic of this post. The Cruise From Hell – What Did You Expect?

The Marco Polo was built in 1965 by the Baltic Shipping Company. For the savvy cruiser, I really don’t need to say any more. It’s like hitting the road to Mexico in a 1965 VW bug, instead of 2013 SUV. The Polo is old, even in ‘ship years’ and like the ’65 bug, is likely to take those dips in the road, sharp turns, uphill climbs and speed bumps with deep grooves from those vehicles which came too fast and too low over them, to hope for a continued journey.

The really awesome, luxury cruise ships on the seas mostly sailing the west, are the newer ships. The aging ships with paint over rust, old mechanical parts that break and need replacement often enough they spend too much time at sea awaiting rescue and repairs get sold to the smaller nations who get really excited just to have this ‘new’ cruise ship at the docks.

Given these facts, it’s difficult to muster sympathy for those who ply turbulent seas in  ships which would have been better docked, floating casinos which never sail, then to willing board the nearly 50-year-old fossil, thinking a luxury, uneventful voyage was in their future.

Having realistic expectations of an impending journey is important. When I read that the windows had rust around them, with paint over rust and the windows leaked, clearly from the looks of the rust, I had to wonder why anyone would think they could take that ’65 bug on a journey of thousand miles and not have some unfortunate event take place in the course of 42 nights.

On a lighter note, the passengers had over 40 days of incredibly awesome views, great conversation with new friends and memories not only etched in their minds, but printed into photographs to share with friends and family back home.