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Joe Heller

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  1. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 1 year ago

    Are there any USA flagged cruise ships? My wife has wanted to go on a cruise for decades but I told her I don’t want to have to fight with crew members to get her into a lifeboat in the event of an emergency.
    If the Mississippi River doesn’t dry up, I wouldn’t mind taking the Delta Queen from Canada to New Orleans. If that boat has problems, it just pulls off to the side of the river.
    Nice music cities all the way down too.
    The ‘good’ part is that most of their trip went as it was supposed to go. They will get complete refunds, tickets for another cruise, and all of their transportation costs to their homes will be covered. They had a better finish than those folk on the Italian Cruise Ship last year.
    Glad you made it home folks. Hope you have a better trip next time. Demand an upgrade.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  2. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Respectful Troll

    I don’t believe that there are all that many U.S. Flagged Cruise ships anymore, or merchant vessels either.
    The U.S. has some of the most strict regulations for it’s ships, so most companies register their ships under a “Flag of Convenience”, to save money.
    I used to be in the Merchant Marine some years ago, on a U.S. Flagged ship, but most are gone now.
    I think the Delta Queen has been retired, as well. Not 100% sure about that, though.

  3. Jase99

    Jase99 said, over 1 year ago

    @Lureman

    Have you read about the conditions on that boat? I’ll take the snow and cold over backed up toilets, a pervasive sewer smell, lack of power, and lack of hot food any day.

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 1 year ago

    @masterskrain

    My compliments to your service in the Merchant Marines, Masterkrain. My biological grandfather, not the one of whom I oft refer and knew, had five ships torpedoed under him in WW2. I’ve also had friends whose fathers were in the MM. Like most livings made at sea, it is not for the faint of heart.
    I still get flyers from some riverboat cruise group. The Delta Queen may be gone, but there are still “paddlewheelers” cruising the Mississippi. Probably not US flagged tho.
    /sighs sadly
    thank you again for your service.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  5. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 1 year ago

    One of the guys I used to work with likes cruises. He emailed about a week ago that they were coming back across the equator and headed for the Panama Canal. I knew he wasn’t on that troubled ship because he prefers another line.
    BTW most of those ships have webcams that have about a 3 hour delay so you can see the view from the bridge.

  6. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 1 year ago

    @Respectful Troll

    C.,
    We don’t do cruises – our idea of a vacation is to get off the plane in a country we’ve never been to and disappear for 10 days. We don’t even make reservations past the first night, we’ll wander around and stay wherever there’s a vacancy.
    But if you want a different type of cruise, I have worked with Viking Cruise Lines. They do major rivers in Europe and Asia. That way, you get the canned tour feeling of a cruise, but if something goes wrong, it’s not like you’re stuck on a boat for a week looking for land.

  7. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 1 year ago

    Here is one of those webcams. The Grand Princesss is in Uruguay.
    http://www.princess.com/bridgecams/ap/grand_bridgecam.html

  8. cjr53

    cjr53 said, over 1 year ago

    @Little Green Men

    They don’t have to. The ship is not NASA with requirements for redundant systems, is not American registry and is not REGULATED by American Regulations. It is an example of unregulated capitalism.

  9. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    “Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.” MARK TWAIN- ,Life on the Mississippi

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