Non-Swimmers & Cruising

A few members noted they are "non-swimmers" on another thread yet they love cruising.  I have a friend who refuses to cruise because she is afraid of the ocean - How can I convince her you don't have to be a swimmer in order to enjoy cruising?

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My husband says, he refuses to go on the ocean without a proper flotation device, a cruise ship is about right. Seriously, it is almost impossible to convince someone that frightened. My Mom knew she could swim and was fine until she couldn't see land... she hadn't thought it completely through. My Dad was a non-swimmer and had no problem being on a ship. Perhaps, if you point out all the life boats, rafts and vests available on a ship that would help. Then maybe try a short 3-4 day cruise. ????

Good luck!

Push her in and say butch up!Angry

Try some poetry about the sea on her:

By Clinton Scollard - 1860-1932

The murmur and the moan of the sea, They master me; I am the serf of sound, Bondslave to aural beauty grave or gay; Happy to be so bound, I hang upon the lyric tides that sway Night's swimming satellite of ice and fire Compacted, and although I flee away, Upon the falcon pinions of desire, Into the wood's most secret sanctuary, Or hide amid the mountain's mightiest rocks, Where, in a mood maniacal, the wind Mouths like old doddering Lear, and mocks and mocks At all of lower earth, I may not find Escape from those vast fugues that veer and vary As do the moods and mazes of the mind. Yea, I am thrall complete (Finding the thraldom sweet) To thee, to thee, O all-embracing and most sovereign sea!

Sing her a couple choruses of 'Anchors Aweigh'.

And DO NOT show her the video you posted yesterday.

If someone is afraid of cruising becvause they can't swim I don't think that i would try to confvince them otherwise. There are plenty of other ways to vacation.

Some neighbors of mine were afraid of crossing the ocean so I convinced them to take a river cruise, which they did and enjoyed.. Then I suggested Caribbean cruises and they were fine with them, too. I let them take baby steps to build up their confidence. I think I will quit while i am ahead and forget about transatlantic cruises.

Don't mention the Titanic!

Drugs.............if they are afraid of the ocean the only way they will go on a cruise is drugs.

You could try logic, if your time is up better to cash out on a 5 star cruise ship then in an earthquake, tornado, auto accident or drive by.

I'm a non swimmer, won't go into the lake past my waist or I start to hyper ventilate, and I hated the boats my husband has owned over the years we've been married, no matter how safe they were on th lake. I love cruising! Onboard you hardly feel any movement most of the time, and the ships are so big that I feel completely safe all the time. Your friend is welcome to contact me if she wants some reassurance, Debbie.

Does she fly anywhere? Tell her she doesn't have feathers on her arm, but she flies. You can survive a sinking cruise ship better than a crashed airplane

Thanks Bonnie ...


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