I have not switched on the television even once, but my wife cannot keep her hands off the remote control. There's a joke in that, but I will leave it well alone. I prefer to read and ignore real life, being satisfied with the idyll of the hotel.
This afternoon, I heard the newsreader on CNN in the next room mention "cruise ships", so I paid attention. He mentioned the recent Royal Caribbean incident off the Phillipines, the Costa Cordova sinking in Italy and....Silversea's Silver Shadow. That got my attention.
It seems that this ship, which we will board tomorrow and is supposed to carry us to Hong Kong via Vietnam, collided with another vessel. The television displayed a hole in the bow, which is fortunately well above the water line. I am certain that this is disturbing news for many prospective fellow passengers.
I have complete faith in modern technology, but even more in the cruise lines' desire to repair their reputation. They should strive even harder to make future cruises flawless. I am more concerned about having decent weather and calm seas.
NB. If this blog suddenly stops, there will be one of two explanations: no internet access or the ship has sunk.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.