….fires….sinkings….things like that

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I have always wanted to go on a cruise, until recently when so many problems have been happening on cruise ships…. losing power out in the ocean and having to be towed to San Diego by the Coast Guard…. weird sicknesses affecting hundreds of passengers…. fires…. sinkings…. things like that.

The cruise ship industry in San Diego certainly seems to have picked up this year. There are times when I have seen two cruise ships in port at the same time! That’s rare.

One ship, the Star Princess, was in port recently. When I see a ship in port, I always stop to take pictures, note the name, and then go home to find out more about the ship via Wikipedia and Google. Here is the picture, a panorama created in Photoshop from four pictures:

img_1269-1273 star princess cruise ship stamp

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Star Princess was built in 2002. It is a little over 950 feet long

On March 23, 2006, a fire broke out in the passenger compartments. The fire was probably caused by a cigarette left burning….

….cigarette left burning and unattended…
How often has that been a source of fires throughout history?

….on a balcony, which had become hot enough to melt the balcony divides made from plastic polycarbonate, a material that had been approved by international cruise line safety rules. The fire caused scorching damage in about 150 cabins and smoke damage in another 100 more. One passenger, Richard Liffidge, 72, of Georgia, died from “asphyxia secondary to inhalation of smoke and irrespirable gases.” Thirteen other passengers suffered significant smoke inhalation.

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29 thoughts on “….fires….sinkings….things like that

  1. Pit

    Good morning Russel,
    I’d never go for a cruise on a big ship like that. I don’t think it would be fun for me. But on smaller ships: yes. E.g. the North-East [Maine, or the Chesapeake etc.]. 2 years ago my wife and I did a river cruise in Germany [Mosel, Rhine & Main] and we enjoyed that a lot.
    Have a great day,

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  2. insearchofitall

    Always thought a cruise would be fun. Mostly because someone cooks and cleans up for you. Being stuck out on the ocean, helpless no longer appeals. I like the river cruise idea better, especially down the Rhine. Did a short one on the Bodensee (Lake Constance) in Southern Germany a couple of times. But hey, the house can come down on you while you are tucked in your bed safe and sound too. 🙂

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Which is why I believe that if it’s my turn to go, it’s my turn to go, and nothing really is going to stop it. If doctors and medicine get in the way, then it simply means it wasn’t my turn to go.

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  3. Lexa

    I have enjoyed several cruises with different cruise lines. While our trips were wonderful, I can honestly say that, due to the incidents over the past few years, I am hesitant to cruise again.

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  4. TamrahJo

    🙂 Enjoyed the post and the comments section – – laughed over my own inclination to cling to the devil I know – Think it easier to survive a four day blizzard than be adrift on the ocean in a life raft for more than an 2.5 seconds – 🙂



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