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.

Y'know what's a real drag when you're on vacation? Compulsively washing your hands over and over, thanks to the signs posted around every cruise ship warning you about norovirus. And that's the least of your worries if you happen to be on a ship with an outbreak. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. Hope your cabin's bathroom has an ocean view!

Five More Scary Facts About Cruise Ships
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The Food
The idea of a buffet serving upwards of 2,000 people is scary enough. But here's something you might not have considered: Where does all that food come from? If you're on one of the bigger cruise ships, you should know that the food you're eating has likely been stored on the ship for as long as you have. So when you're starting to feel a bit stale four or five days into your trip, there's a good reason why: You are what you eat.

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