Contributor Level: Captain

Does the NEWS impact your Daily Life and does it Influence your Cruising?

I need a cruise right now to get away from the NEWS ... I have found myself in a crazy position of watching cable news (all 3 channels - MSNBC, CNN and FOX) throughout the day and night - nonstop - constant background noise as I work on various projects ...I watch all 3 to see the different perspective they take BUT have seriously become addicted to this craziness.

When Barcelona happened, I immediately search to see what cruise ships were in port and cringed at the thought of innocent cruisers wandering through port ...

I obviously crossed Guam and Venezuela off my travel list ... Without getting "political", I watch in horror as America implodes before our very eyes ...

I have never done this in my life and am actually getting concerned at my obsession yet when I am on a cruise, I pay little if any attention to what's going on in the world.

Anybody else experiencing this odd phenomena right now ...


13 Answers

Contributor Level: Captain

I understand your concern DV about what is going on. This is the main reason I quit watching the news years ago. It seems if they have nothing good to report ever. I read most of my news from several different outlets and I can not stand listening to the pundits on the networks. Don't care which one it appears to this old guy they are more concerned about their views than the truth and before folks get upset I don't care what side of the political ideology they are on. 

 I do pay attention to what is happening in the world but it's has not stopped. Me from picking a cruise yet. 

Contributor Level: Captain

I'll be honest.  I'm going to North Carolina in October and am a bit worried.  This unnecessary stirring up of racial tension is ridiculous.  I just want to travel the country and enjoy other parts of America without having to worry about a riot or being harassed.


I will say all my trips so far to the south have been fine except for one isolated incident.  Overall people there are friendlier than here in California.


One reason I love being on a cruise ship is no news and (almost) everyone is in a great mood. 

Contributor Level: Staff Captain

The older I get the less I watch the news.  Can't think of a single example of where my worrying changed the course of anything on the news.

I generally check national and local news once a day--mostly just a quick skim unless there is actually something new going on.

Unless there is a direct and credible threat to my destination, I'm not going to let the news interfere with my cruise addiction Big Smile

Contributor Level: Captain

We do try to keep an eye on the news and the weather for places we plan to visit. We have found the need to go early to avoid bad weather and be prepared to spend an extra night after debarkation.  We have also stayed on the ship a time or two when we felt the port was not safe.  We will take only ship sponsored tours when we feel the area is not as safe as usual (like Mexico right now). Anything can happen anywhere, and we prefer to be as aware of our surroundings as much possible.  We have never cancelled a trip because of the news or a situation described in the news, but that's one of the benefits of travelers insurance.

Contributor Level: Captain

On Monday, August 21st, I saw an invasion of the south by the north. I witnessed more Yankee cars driving South of the Ohio River than any other time. However, it didn't last long and they turned tail and ran back north in a traffic jam over 200 miles long. 

Contributor Level: Staff Captain

I can verify this report.  ctav and I were within 15 minutes of each other, but due to my work and his having to get home for work the next day, we just couldn't meet up.  It's going to happen though.  Didn't help that it was the first day of classes for Western KY University either :(  Bowling Green was a parking lot.


Contributor Level: Captain

I watch both Canadian and US news but don't let it have much of an impact on cruise plans. If there is a warning about safety. I'll check into it more, and may decide to choose a different cruise, but it hasn't been an issue so far.

Contributor Level: First Mate

I hear you DV. We have 4 local new stations, in addition to the cable news channels. At times it's just overwhelming. I too have limited my viewing, once or twice a day is enough. Yes, it has impacted my land based and cruising choices. I'd love to visit Thailand, cruise the Nile and tour through Greece. With so much international stuff going on, I haven't gotten up the nerve to travel that far from home, yet Wink

Contributor Level: Captain

I watch news all the time. Because of funds this year we will not be cruising, however, I do follow international events as I know a few folks who River Cruise in Europe and Asia. When I do get a chance to travel I listen to External Affairs Canada  for warnings.

Hopefully, the whole world will find it's balance again, after the current batch of brainless leaders go by the wayside.


Contributor Level: Captain

I've gotten out of the habit of paying attention to the news. All they seem to do is sensationalize at best, make it up at worst. The only news source I trust anymore is the OnionBig Smile


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