Monday, May 24, 2010

An Ocean Cruise

One of my favorite vacations, when you figure there is only one, is cruising. On Holland America Line. Specifically on the New England-Canada run.

I don’t mind if the ride is rough; actually, I like a little bit of action, even if people from the heartland are leaning over the rail. (In real life, there are barf bags around the ship for times like that, but “leaning over the rail” is such a lovely image from days past.) Even with stabilizers, things can still get rough.

A pleasant ride? Not. I don’t know if the captain was scared, or if he knew his ship could take this, but it’s significant there was a Coast Guard helicopter up above videotaping this. The lifeboats are still in their davits, which makes sense: they wouldn’t last a minute in these seas.

Where are the passengers? Certainly not on deck. Perhaps the atheists are leading the others in prayer, as not only are there none in foxholes, but neither are there any in a ship that could roll over at any moment and the nonbelievers would meet the Maker they don’t believe in. Or, didn’t up until this storm hit.

I understand the ship did make it safely to port.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try a Tin Can......those cruise ships would seem like they were steaming on Harvey's Lake......Exit 318

May 24, 2010 10:22 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

I've seen them on NBC's landmark series, "Victory At Sea." The Pacific was a rough place to be.

May 25, 2010 2:09 AM  
Anonymous ruthc said...


May 25, 2010 9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk about rolling and pitching, have you ever just watch a wave ''build up''? Such force, such potential as they rise and give birth to even smaller ones who they too emanate a superior force or strength, kind of hidden but there. No two are the same and they seem to want to swell up to proportions which sow awe.

Exit 318

May 25, 2010 3:44 PM  

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