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#239860 - 01/22/12 03:07 AM Re: Cruise ship EDC...? [Re: TeacherRO]
GarlyDog Offline

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Registered: 04/05/07
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One of my favorite cruise activities is stargazing. I live near Chicago and rarely get to enjoy dark skies. You can actually see the Milky Way out at sea.
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#239865 - 01/22/12 03:50 AM Re: Cruise ship EDC...? [Re: Mark_R]
Arney Offline
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Registered: 09/15/05
Posts: 2485
Loc: California
Originally Posted By: Mark_R
*Hand sanitizer - Ship wide sickness is more common then sinkings.

I'm surprised Mark_R is the only one to mention this critical item. If news about a ship full of feverish, vomiting passengers was the latest news rather than the Costa Concordia, we'd probably see this item on more people's cruise EDC list.

Something like a fast spreading norovirus is one of the most likely reasons for a ruined cruise. And when it's bad, it hits a whole lot of passengers at once. Do what you can to stay healthy and keep the nasty bugs at bay.

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#239906 - 01/22/12 11:34 PM Re: Cruise ship EDC...? [Re: TeacherRO]
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Registered: 11/26/01
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On my ship the carpets had "swimming" fish printed on them. Follow the fish to go towards the front of the boat.

Also exits,stairs etc. were marked and with glow in the dark labels down at floor level ( just like a highrise) this allows one crawling under the smoke and in darkness to see them, those of us with lights anyways.....

Oh nobody point out the markings one had to pay attention and know what they were looking at, which leaves out most.


Edited by THIRDPIG (01/22/12 11:35 PM)

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#239916 - 01/23/12 01:14 AM Re: Cruise ship EDC...? [Re: THIRDPIG]
GarlyDog Offline

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Originally Posted By: THIRDPIG
On my ship the carpets had "swimming" fish printed on them. Follow the fish to go towards the front of the boat.


Good observation. Thanks for the info. I will have to remember to look for that next time...
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#239973 - 01/24/12 03:00 AM Re: Cruise ship EDC...? [Re: TeacherRO]
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Registered: 11/12/10
Posts: 205
Loc: Australia
I think Mark_R has great priorities

The four scourges of the sea have always been:
Disease
Fire
Sinking
Starvation

Starvation and dehydration are unlikely to be an issue on a modern cruiser, however an issue with the kitchens or on-board desalination could cause shortages or a less exciting menu. I dont think it would be worth hoarding food in your room, but Id always have water and snacks on hand. (Perhaps in that grab bag beside the life jacket) ?

Sinking I think that thats been covered. Lighting would be important, if the ship is dark, it could be very dark with many internal passages etc. Know the emergency procedures and try to stay dry. Just remember that its women, children and me first

Fire. Very few people die from fire, its the smoke. Knowing the exits, and perhaps a good light and even a smoke hood would be good. Act Quickly is the mantra, get to an open deck with your family and dont go back for possessions (same for sinking).

Disease. By far the most likely disaster to befall a cruise. Sweeping gastro and flu are not uncommon on big ships. In the event of an outbreak you should pay careful attention personal hygiene and even be selective about food and drink choices. Well cooked is probably safer that uncooked foods. Food related issues may be more of an issue after several days at sea; the food being served will then be several days older than when it was loaded.
Having a personal first aid kit that can addresses: gastro, dehydration, sea sickness and symptoms of cold and flu is probably a good idea.
If you have personal meds you need them too, and as always, you need extras because you never know if your trip will be delayed and you could be stuck for a few extra days; engine or steering failures are not unknown as well as political issues or severe storms.

Related to disease is sewerage failure, plumbing blockage are also not unknown. Once again personal hygiene and appropriate medication are the solution, plus perhaps some potent air freshener, personally I like peppermint essence because it is a remedy for motion sickness, stomach upsets and is excellent at masking smells !

Sunburn is an issue for many folk, use a sunscreen. You may wish to take some meds to treat burns too.

For the adults on the thread: Sometimes folk become relaxed and carefree on a holiday. Some cruises are even designed for single people. You know where Im heading take the usual precautions !

The ship will have a dispensary and medical personnel, but you dont want to rely on them if there is any kind of outbreak because they will quickly be overwhelmed by numbers. None the less you should find out where it is during your exploration and mapping of the ship.

One additional thing is to just be aware of whats going on. Talk with people and keep a check on the people around you, if they all start missing meals or you stop seeing them around, they may have simply changed their routine, or perhaps they have been taken ill ?

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#239977 - 01/24/12 04:10 AM Re: Cruise ship EDC...? [Re: Aussie]
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 6995
Loc: southern Cal
Aargh, matey, what about Mutiny and Piracy? I guess most cruise ships avoid the Somali coast these days....


Edited by hikermor (01/24/12 10:16 AM)
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#239979 - 01/24/12 05:09 AM Re: Cruise ship EDC...? [Re: hikermor]
Bingley Offline
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Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 1415
Originally Posted By: hikermor
Aargh, matey, what about Mutiny and Piracy? I guess most cruie hips avoid the Somali coast these days....


Obviously since we cannot expect all passengers to tote AKs and rocket launchers, all cruise ships should be equipped... to summon the kraken! Yes, upon sight of trouble, the crew will turn the capstan on the kraken hammer clockwise, lifting it to the highest point, from which it slams down, sending shockwaves throughout the seven seas. The kraken will then emerge from the unfathomable abyss, devouring the pirates and reducing their ship to a veritable scene from hell. What pirates who do manage to survive the initial onslaught will be dragged down to be prisoners in Davy Jones' Locker, never to see daylight again.


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#239982 - 01/24/12 01:33 PM Re: Cruise ship EDC...? [Re: TeacherRO]
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Glowsticks. Bring Plenty along with your flashlight.
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#240116 - 01/26/12 05:03 AM Re: Cruise ship EDC...? [Re: TeacherRO]
GarlyDog Offline

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Registered: 04/05/07
Posts: 776
Loc: The People's Republic of IL
Kracken-Be-Gone. Now available in a convenient spray
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#240117 - 01/26/12 05:43 AM Re: Cruise ship EDC...? [Re: Arney]
duckear Offline
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Registered: 03/01/04
Posts: 477
Originally Posted By: Arney
Originally Posted By: Mark_R
*Hand sanitizer - Ship wide sickness is more common then sinkings.

I'm surprised Mark_R is the only one to mention this critical item. If news about a ship full of feverish, vomiting passengers was the latest news rather than the Costa Concordia, we'd probably see this item on more people's cruise EDC list.

Something like a fast spreading norovirus is one of the most likely reasons for a ruined cruise. And when it's bad, it hits a whole lot of passengers at once. Do what you can to stay healthy and keep the nasty bugs at bay.


The last few cruises my wife and I have been had hand sanitizer stations everywhere on the ship, esp at the entrances to the dining areas.

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