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Old 08-23-2006, 09:07 PM
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In light of the most recent terrorism in the Uk what if any are the cruise lines doing to insure that we are safe onboard. These terrorists are getting more crafty with their bombs etc. hair gel? toothpaste? what's to stop them from getting on a cruise ship and bringing this kind of bomb? I would think that this has been addressed here but couldn't find it. We were to cruise this Feb. but my family is too afraid so we cancelled. I want to go so help!
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The cruise lines have very tight security, but if you apply the same logic one would never leave their house.

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Old 08-24-2006, 07:12 AM
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mary b,

If you go around living in fear and cancelling cruises as a result, then you have handed the terrorists a victory. They want to make us all afraid of even breathing too hard. You have a greater chance of dying in a car wreck or choking on tonight's dinner entree than in a terrorist attack.
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Well said, both Tom & Dave! I don't think I could have put it any better.
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P.S. Mary, you can purchase travel insurance through specific companies set up for that purpose - not through the cruise line (ask your travel agent about this) - which will cover your cancellation penalties should you feel the need to cancel if there has been a terrorist incident within a month before you travel. The incident has to have been in your home area, or in the area where you are traveling.

As you should have travel insurance anyway, purchasing it at the time you book your travel (whether a cruise, tour, or other pre-arranged vacation), and you book it with the right companies, you will have this "terrorism coverage" as well. Perhaps knowing about this option will help your family feel better about traveling.
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Old 08-24-2006, 09:53 AM
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ok, as much as I appreciate your feedback I don't feel that my question was really answered.
Your responses are things I know and have thought of. I have cruised twice before and know how strict the security is. But once again, have the cruise lines implemented any new security guidelines as a result of the recent issues in the UK? That is my question.
Would really appreciate any info you have so I can tell my family and have them feel more relaxed....maybe
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I am not aware of any changes as a result of the U.K. issue. Of course, the cruise lines wouldn't necessarily announce it to the public.

Realistically, how could they prohibit people from bringing gels and other liquids aboard a ship? It is going to be your home for X number of days. Doing without these for a plane trip is a much different thing than being denied for a week long cruise.
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I just thought of something else. All that has changed with the airlines is that certain items cannot be in carry-on baggage. The items are still flying in the airplane. This wouldn't make any sense for a cruise ship to do. The only thing they could say is "you can't bring your own shaving cream, cosmetics, deodorant, etc., with you". That simply wouldn't fly.
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It also can take a lot of explosive to accomplish the goal. Look at these two links. In both cases the vessels (air and ship) survived.

Philippine Air bombing.

USS Cole bombing.
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Old 08-24-2006, 11:41 AM
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Dave is right here. The amount of explosives required to cause a pressurized airplane flying at 35,000 feet to crash and the amount required to cause a 100,000 ton oceanliner to sink are vastly different.

You would have to bring a huge amount of explosives with you and in turn have access to parts of the vessel that only crew can go into to cause really problems.
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