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    Viking cruise line is one that for me raises questions.

    On most cruise ships now there are enough life boats on just one side to take all passengers, crew to life rafts.
    Excellent as when a ship lists it is not always possible to launch both sides.


    Viking have only two each side which means about 25 need to get into each boat as their ships only carry a maximum of 900.
    Only 3 life rafts visable but if she lists I am not sure how they would get all in to just two life boats.


    Obviously comply with international regulations in having overall enough life boats for all on board.
    Just hope none of them ever gets into trouble and begins to list.
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    Well remember boats on "Sandys River". When 2nd mate we did LSA certificate in Hong Kong and our 4 woodden boats sent ashore for overhaul and re delivered being towed with 2 men in each boat, one pumping and one bailing.
    Next LSA in Newcastle NSW as Mate. When Captain Horscroft came aboard, first question after offering a coffee was, 'do you know any good shipwrights ' luckily he did, and we were told to not give them any money or grog, and they did a magnificent job. All 4 boats floated when lowered. That was the only fault he found in 24 year old ship.

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    Talking of timber boats, some years ago i had a timber built , 24ft Magyar, as the name implies, built in Hungary. I had the boat crane out, and was out of the water for 6 months, while i was laid on my back under the boat anti fouling, my wife was in the cabin, and i suddenly realised that i could actually see her through the planking, she had dried out that much in the six months. When the boat was launched the water just poured in, and so had to bail for about 20 minutes as it began to slow, after about 2 hrs it had completely stopped as everything took up again. quite amazing how quick she was watertight again. It was a pine carvel built boat, kt
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    Cruise ship docked in Port Melbourne this morning.
    Four Ambulances there to take four passengers to hospital.
    All had chest infections and all were old seniors.

    One it appears had been to see the ships doc on a number of occasions during the cruise.


    Nothing new in such, had one take a heart attack during a show on our last cruise. When you have some 3200 on board there will always be some sickness but of course the media have made a meal of it as usual. Not worrying about the facts, just some more fake news.


    On the same ship a young 22 year old male went over the side.

    The ships CCTV showed that he climbed up on the rail and jumped.
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    Hi John.
    Jumping is the best way to go John, better than waiting to be pushed.
    Des

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    Hope he squared his accounts before he left. Maybe he was on the cruise to get away from it all, and found someone will always find you . I have had a few acquaintances who have taken the final solution over the years, and all I can say is so be it. If one gets to the stage where they want to go, there is no one can stop them to change their mind. However so, do think 22 years of age is a bit young to go that way, he hadn’t even lived yet. JS

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    John, the town we live in had at one time the highest under 20 rate in the state.
    Most were still at high school and at one stage it was one a week.
    Why, no one knows.
    It has now improved but a couple of years ago one guy I knew, only about 40, walking along the road to the station for some reason only known to him stepped in front of an incoming train.

    When the mind is set with such people there is nothing to change it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happy daze john in oz View Post
    Cruise ship docked in Port Melbourne this morning.
    Four Ambulances there to take four passengers to hospital.
    All had chest infections and all were old seniors......................................


    On the same ship a young 22 year old male went over the side.

    The ships CCTV showed that he climbed up on the rail and jumped.
    ####i had a good mate in shields went to sea all his life ......sailed with him in the 60s in the 80s he came up from below 4 to 8 sat on a bit opened a can drunk it in one then said eff it i have had enough .....and jumped ......this was not the guy i knew .....it was up the gulf the ship came about but he was gone ......i can see his face as i write his....his father had a lifetime at sea on tankers all through the war .....no doubt wooried about that time in tankers ...and yet my mate jumped lived on the river top above brighams .....sad time

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    In the news today, a man on a Royal Caribbean cruise had an accident.
    He was on a 'ride' explained as a cross between a trampoline and a Bungy Jump.
    Somethin went drastically wrong and as a result he fell about 20 foot.

    Damage to pelvis and shoulder he was taken to hospital ashore where he received treatment.
    He is now suing the company for the damage.

    A shore side spokesman said that the ride was fine for shore use where competent staff would be at hand, but not on a ship where persons are able to use without any one available to assist should thing go wrong.

    There are many good cruise ships out there on the seas, but sadly some are becoming nothing more than a 'Butlins' on the ocean in a desperate to gain more credence than others.

    But for many such as Kong and I, cruising is not about such activities, it is about seeing places new, or old, in a very relaxing manner.
    Thankfully there are companies who think along the same lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happy daze john in oz View Post
    In the news today, a man on a Royal Caribbean cruise had an accident.
    He was on a 'ride' explained as a cross between a trampoline and a Bungy Jump.
    Somethin went drastically wrong and as a result he fell about 20 foot.

    Damage to pelvis and shoulder he was taken to hospital ashore where he received treatment.
    He is now suing the company for the damage.

    A shore side spokesman said that the ride was fine for shore use where competent staff would be at hand, but not on a ship where persons are able to use without any one available to assist should thing go wrong.

    There are many good cruise ships out there on the seas, but sadly some are becoming nothing more than a 'Butlins' on the ocean in a desperate to gain more credence than others.

    But for many such as Kong and I, cruising is not about such activities, it is about seeing places new, or old, in a very relaxing manner.
    Thankfully there are companies who think along the same lines.
    We had all our holidays at the old style Butlins..

    We had a Vauxhall estate car and Dad as a lorry driver preferred to drive at night so we go to sleep in the back and wake up on holiday. Once we went to Ayr but 125 train then a local connection. I got sick eating tartar sauce on the train!

    When my parents came to the USA last their travel insurance cost as much if not more than the flights, both in early 70s.

    Sorry for thread drift.

    SDG

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