Some are rethinking their itineraries and opting for those closer to land in the event of a similar emergency. “[Regarding] the Canadian, Alaskan and several European itineraries you are close to shore for rescue so we would not think twice on those,” member sppunk says. Others are reconsidering cabins. “I think the odds of it happening are very small, but it makes me consider getting a balcony cabin. It would be a better place to hang out. After all the smoking last cruise, we decided not to get them in the future. But maybe we need to rethink,” lvz2cruz says.
Not everyone is carrying the same tune. Member vbmom87 says, “We don’t have any other cruises planned, and this is making me think hard about whether or not we would do another one.” She continues, “I think the difference between my [husband] and me and those of you on the forum, is that we don’t love cruising as much as the rest of you. If we loved it, I imagine we would not think of giving it up. We don’t stop driving because so many people are killed in car accidents, we don’t stop flying because planes crash, I am just not sure what our final decision will be, but I surely am not eager to plan another cruise right now.”
Others are simply planning on making adjustments. “[In] 2010 the first Carnival fire on the Splendor I added flashlights to my packing list, 2011 the Concordia we established an escape plan in case of any problems. First sign of trouble we were heading to our cabin to grab passports and cash that were in a water proof pouch,” neverleavingthebalcony said. “I understand going on vacation you don’t want to think anything bad will happen but life does happen and things can go wrong. This latest incident I will bring a box of plastic kitchen size bags and surgical masks just in case.”
And what of the inherent danger in planning a vacation out to sea? Member Alcarondas weighs in: “While cruise operators certainly bear great responsibility for the safety (and, to a lesser extent, the comfort) of their passengers, I think that ultimately the burden is on the passengers to fully understand and accept what they’re doing by going to sea.” He continues, “Poseidon doesn’t care if you’re Odysseus of Ithaca, or retirees from Ithaca, New York.”
“Simple answer is no, it will not put us off cruising,” SJSULIBRARIAN says.