- Posted February 15, 2013 by
San Juan Capistrano, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Carnival Triumph’s nightmare
Media Distorts Cruise Safety
In 2013 over 11 million passengers from US and Canada will cruise on cruise lines and over 11,500 weekly cruises will depart from ports. Yet the media focuses on one unfortunate accident and blows it way out of proportion. However, there is no mention that cruising is the safest operation when compared to any city, small and large, with the best record as to accidents, crime and safety.
Compared to land tours, to safety on streets, to driving a car there is no question that cruising stands out as having the best record for customer comfort and safety. More people get killed or injured in a car in one hour than on any cruise originating from the US the entire year. More people get injured or killed in a major US city in a month than that in the last 100 years of leisure cruising. But the media ignores that fact and sensationalizes with tabloid veracity the one unfortunate accident without balancing truth and with blatant dishonesty to gain ratings.
We, at CruiseForCharity.org, part of Kill Cancer Foundation, a 501(c)3 IRS approved charity, are all volunteers and our aim is to donate to a worthy non-profit cause when we partner with organizations to arrange fundraising cruises. Media's blatant disregard for the truth in cruise safety not only hurts the entire industry but it affects us in our efforts to do something good in the world. It would be nice if the media would occasionally focus on the good part of cruising and not sit there like vultures in hopes that someone will commit a slight mistake, no matter how good the entire picture may be.
We do not know whether Carnival could or should have done something different. We do not work with Carnival in our program. However we know that many people in and out of the industry will be hurt by media hunger for blood and its misrepresentation of cruising.
For more information contact
Zigmund Sepanski, Executive Director, CruiseForCharity.org (800) 248-1980 ext 205