Five More Scary Facts About Cruise Ships

We've always been averse to cruise vacations. Climbing aboard a ship where you'll live in close quarters with thousands of strangers for a week or more? No thanks. But lately, cruising has gotten downright scary.

There was January's Costa Concordia disaster, in which the ship ran aground and sank, killing more than 30 passengers. And this week, on Costa's Allegra, a fire in the engine room left passengers adrift in the Indian Ocean without running water and air conditioning, poised to abandon ship.

One could infer that the problem is Costa, and not cruising as a whole. But we've been on a few cruises, and they are scary, scary scenes. Here's why.

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Ciara LaVelle is New Times' former arts and culture editor. She earned her BS in journalism at Boston University and moved to Florida in 2004. She joined New Times' staff in 2011.
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