Terrible news... We awoke to hear of a Chinese river cruise boat sinking (see story http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/jun/02/chinese-ferry-sinks-yangtze-river-458-people-aboard-latest-updates. The current key points of the story are:

  • ‘Trapped passengers’ reportedly heard calling for help
  • Five bodies recovered by rescuers
  • Up to 18 survivors
  • Captain and chief engineer detained by police
  • 458 were on board, most tourists aged 50 to 80

Do you cruise on lesser known lines?  If so, how safe do you feel when aboard?  Are safety drills observed?  Are lifejackets easily accessible? Do you feel a level of confidence that ship's officers are well-trained/qualified?