Cruise Critic ran an article a couple of weeks ago about the Top 10 Reasons To Cruise. I responded with my article "Top Ten Reasons Not To Cruise." I previously addressed the first six reasons not to cruise, which are at the bottom of this article.*
The purpose of this series is not to convince you not to cruise, but to educate consumers regarding the dangers inherent in and the consequences of cruising. I'm not your big brother, trust me. It you want to cruise, that's entirely your business and none of mine. But at least educate yourself before you take your family on a vacation you may regret.
The 7th reason not to cruise may not leave much of an impression on most of my American readers because it involves "foreign crew members" who most passengers will never meet.
Our firm and clients have been featured over a hundred times on every major television station, cable news network, radio, newspaper and magazine in the U.S. and abroad. But the news sources are interested almost exclusively in crimes or injuries involving U.S. passengers. An injured or victimized crew member from Jamaica, India, or Nicaragua is usually of no interest to U.S. reporters.
The exception was several years ago when The Miami New Times ran a story "Screwed If By Sea - Cruise Lines Throw Workers Overboard When It Comes to Providing Urgent Medical Care."
The article focused on one of our crew member clients from the little island of St. Vincent who, after suffering second and third degree burns on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship sailing to Alaska - was sent by Royal Caribbean on a journey from Alaska to Los Angeles to Miami to Barbados to St. Vincent - as part of a plan by the cruise line Royal Caribbean to abandon him in a third world country with no medical treatment.
Take a moment and read the article.
You will smell the crew member's rotting flesh half way through the article.
Is "evil," or "diabolical," or "criminal" too strong of a word for this degree of corporate malfeasance? I suppose it depends if it involved you - or a "foreign" crew member.
The exploitation of crew members, particularly "utility cleaners" who often work 360 hours a month for around $540 a month, continues. Last year we addressed the problem in an articles entitled:
There are few Americans who would cruise if they knew how poorly the cruise lines treat their crew members. The absolute worst cruise lines which abuse their crew members are Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises - the only winners of Cruise Law News' popular "Worst Cruise Line In The World Award."
Read the first six reasons not to cruise and then add this article into the mix. Are you really going to cruise with your family on one of these foreign-flagged cruise ships which exploit the souls of the hard working men and women from Jamaica, India, Nicaragua and St. Vincent?
Credits: Jim Walker's Cruise Law Flickr Page
*Cruise Law News' Last 6 Reasons Not To Cruise