News that a Costa Cruise ship ran aground off the coast of
Italy, toppling to the side and leaving at least six people dead
and thousands traumatized is sure to have a chilling effect on
cruise ship bookings in the next few weeks. But if you were
planning a cruise with your family, don't let this accident stop
you any more than you would let news of a multi-car pileup on the
highway keep you from taking a road trip.
Cruises are great for families. There's plenty for everyone to
do and there's no need to unpack and re-pack to see the world.
Pay attention to safety
What we should learn from the Costa accident is to pay more
attention to the safety drills many cruise passengers take for
Before leaving port, ships stage a mandatory lifeboat drill. So
serious are they about attendance that they even shut down the bars
for the 30 minutes it takes to run the drill. Still, some cruisers
show up at their appointed area carrying a drink or bottle of beer,
laughing, joking and generally messing around until the all clear
sounds and the bars reopen.
The Costa accidents proves that lifeboat drills are
important--for the crew and for the passengers.
If you're planning a cruise, set your own safety drill as soon
as your board the ship. Call a family meeting to show your kids
where the life jackets are kept and, if the kids are old enough to
spend time away from you onboard, agree on a meeting place in the
event of an emergency.
Then, when it's time for the mandatory lifeboat drill, set a
good example and pay attention to the instructions.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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