National Geographical’s ombudsman Christopher Elliott just published the article which I wrote for Yahoo Travel tilted Is Cruising Safe? A Chilling Look at an Industry Under Siege.
Elliott’s article is titled Terrorists Target Cruise Ships — Here’s What You Need to Know Now.
He asks this question at the end of the article:
Is the cruise industry taking terrorism seriously?
The reader then selects one of two possible answers:
No, it needs to do more ___
Yes, it’s doing enough to protect passengers ___
So far, 92% of those responding answered No, with only 8%.saying Yes.
The poll confirms what I suspected about the cruise industry – that is is perceived by the public as pushing itineraries in the Middle East which are potentially dangerous with little concerned about the safety of the passengers.
Costa and MSC Cruises did not issue a single warning to their passengers before unloading them in Tunis. Both cruise lines were pushing excursions in Tunisia. Neither cruise line arranged for security for the buses targeted by the terrorists. The cruise excursion buses unloaded the passengers into a trap because of the negligence of the cruise lines.
Will the cruise industry wake up and protect their guests? It seems that the public thinks that the cruise lines can do a lot more.
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