It seems like whenever you check the news, yet another cruise ship is either losing power, on fire, or en route to Davy Jones' Locker. Nonetheless, vacationers have few qualms about boarding these heaving pleasure vessels.
Sure, Carnival is charging rates normally reserved for motels that specialize in crack cocaine transactions just to fill rooms after the Triumph turned into a stool-logged hellhole, but people aren't deterred. 21 million passengers this year will take a spin on one of these floating poop Hoovervilles in the making.
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"If you know a faster way to get salmonella, we'd love to hear it."
But the truth is, the cruise industry on a whole is a dreary business. Here are some details about cruises that make Hedonism look like the responsible choice for your next family reunion.
3Cruise Ships Are Pollution Factories
In 2012, there were approximately 200-300 cruise ships active. And with all of these ships chugging around -- jam-packed with thousands of passengers blotto off of daiquiris, crab legs, and shuffleboard -- there's obviously gallons and gallons of chemicals, oils, and diarrhea water being produced daily.
"Eat food poisoning, whales."