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Wash your hands, avoid drunkenness on cruise ships

An Australian woman fell from a cruise ship in the South Pacific in April, and the news has made some tourists a bit squeamish about whether to consider stepping onboard for a family vacation or romantic getaway. Have no fear. Falls from cruises ships are rare, so cruise ship getaways continue to be safe vacations.

Enjoy scuba diving, but always prepare

A whole new world awaits you beneath the ocean's surface. Manatees, turtles, sting rays, hundreds of varieties of fish and even shipwrecks may be seen up close while on a scuba-diving excursion off of Florida's Gulf Coast.

The hidden dangers aboard cruise ships

Have you ever been on a cruise? The cruise ships are amazing. There are spas, gyms, comedy clubs, parades, water parks, movie theaters and 24-hour pizza and ice cream available. With over 3,000 passengers and 1,000 crew members, it’s truly a floating city. However, like any other city, there’s crime.

Lifeboat Incident Highlights Decommissioning Safety Issues

The recent incident on Shell UK’s offshore oil rig, the Brent Alpha, is just one indicator of the safety issues inherent in decommissioning. With no warning, a lifeboat on the rig lowered to the water during routine maintenance. The failure of the clutch securing the lifeboat to the rig did not cause any injuries but highlights the possible danger of aging rigs. The next several years will see a decommissioning boom with oceanic oil rigs.

How are cruise ships sanitized after passengers disembark?

The descriptor "floating Petri dish" for cruise vessels can be quite accurate. It's a small world wherein thousands of people are in very close proximity for a week or more. A single sick passenger can infect hundreds and some pathogens are particularly hard to kill. With communal pools, onboard casinos and handrails everywhere, the possibility of catching a contagion can run high.

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