• Steve G

Carnival announces cruises in August, bookings spike

Source: Carnival Cruise Line was inundated with bookings last week when they announced that they would return to the high seas after months of coronavirus lockdown. Cruise Planners, a company that books cruises on the world’s largest cruise ship line, said bookings shot up by 600% when they announced that cruises would begin August 1. The spike is a 200% increase over the same time period last year.

I gotta be honest, I am completely baffled by all of these people who are planning for all these big vacations at the end of summer. I'm a member of a Facebook group, Disney World Junkies (for entertainment and content purposes) and all I see posted every single day is, "Have a trip planned in July for my son's 7th birthday. Not getting our hopes up but keeping our fingers crossed!" All these idiots are posting info about Disney Shanghai's reopening this coming Monday, which is operating at under 30 percent capacity, with spaced out seating on attractions and cast members holding signs reminding guests to maintain social distancing. The self-proclaimed Disney World Junkies, of course, are thrilled about this news, which bodes well for the potential reopening of the Orlando location in July. So being undercover in Disney World Junkies as I am, I wasn't exactly surprised when I saw that cruise ship bookings skyrocketed after Carnival announced its potential August return.

This is totally what I'm doing when this is all over

I mean are these people delusional? I'm not opposed to traveling eventually--I'd love to take a small road trip somewhere this summer--but you have to be absolutely nuts if you're willing to step foot on a cruise ship, which have always been hotspots for viruses. The same ships that where outbreaks in the initial stages of pandemic occurred, that were stuck drifting offshore with people confined to their cramped, windowless rooms for weeks.

It's just unbelievable to me. I've been on a couple of cruises and they were fun but why on earth would you want to take the risk? How would that even be enjoyable? The sundecks are packed, the pools are packed and the auditoriums and bars are packed and you're telling me these people would actually be able to relax? I mean how can you see what's going on in the world and then think that by August you'll be reading and catching rays or sipping mudslides poolside without a care in the world? Everyone on those ships is drunk all the time so it's not they're gonna be mindful of their hygiene, and don't even get me started on the buffet. What happens if there is an outbreak? You're stuck in the middle of the ocean miles away from any advanced medical care..

It's the same deal for Disney. I mean these parents are so set on making their kids happy that they're like, "Hey, we'll go to the most popular theme park in the world in the midst of a pandemic, fuck it." I mean does meeting Elsa while she's wearing a mask really seem magical to you? Or looking through the gates at Cinderella's Castle for the first time with a thermometer stuck in your mouth? Nothing screams "The Happiest Place on Earth" like reminders of mass death at every turn.

Honestly writing this blog even got me worked up. If you're one of those parents booking cruises or Disney for your kids at the end of the summer, no matter what justifications you may have, you're shitty and irresponsible and part of the reason why this isn't going away any time soon. Everybody wants a vacation, everybody wants a break from all of this--but just because two corporations that are losing billions are attempting to start operating again doesn't mean it's safe or smart to go.

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