By SHANNON KELLY
Cruises are not getting great press lately. After the Costa Concordia disaster in January, there have been a succession of cruise mishaps.
Yesterday, the Costa Allegra cruise ship (same company as the Costa Concordia) was found to be adrift without power in the Indian Ocean, a cruise crew member jumped off a ship in the Gulf of Mexico this week, British cruise ships have been prevented from docking in the Falkland Islands, and Disney Cruise Line apparently served a child an alcoholic beverage.
In light of all this, we loved reading Frommer’s “Worst Case Scenario Cruise Handbook” online, by travel journalist Chris Gray Faust. The guide tells you what to do in the event of:
- rough winds that cause the ship to list (lean dramatically)
- a fire on board
- loss of power
- sailing into a storm
- pirates (the recommended action in this rare situation seems to be, basically, “hide”)