Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

Travel by Boat , Why Not ?

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

For those individuals who like to travel and explore new places, having a boat with them can be a huge advantage. The possibilities that a boat can offer the average traveler are almost endless. The problem is that towing along a boat can not only be expensive, but it can also be quite a pain in the butt. So how in the world does a person travel with a boat and not tow it behind their vehicle? By moving into the twenty first century and getting your hands on a quality inflatable boat, that’s how. When you’re dealing with an inflatable boat, traveling with a boat just got a whole lot more convenient.

Now before you roll your eyes and start thinking that an inflatable boat is out of the question, hear me out. Inflatable boats have come a long way from the type of inflatable boat that you’re thinking of. Technology has enabled manufacturers to produce extremely high quality boats that happen to be inflatable. If you so choose, you can even get quality inflatable boats that a motors can be attached to without any problem. Some inflatable boats even come with very long warranties against springing leaks and such.

How convenient would it be to travel with a boat that could easily fit in the trunk of your car? Do you think being able to store your boat in a small place might be an advantage to an RV user? Of course, the answer to both of these questions is a resounding YES. The convenience and affordability that an inflatable boat has to offer is hard to beat.

The bottom line is that traveling with a boat doesn’t have top be an expensive and cumbersome pain in the butt. There are alternatives that not only save in traveling expenses, but also in the cost of the boat itself. Inflatables are a fraction of the cost of a “traditional”. So the next time you think traveling with a boat is more trouble than its worth remember, it doesn’t have to be.

Boat Trip

Any post-Jerry Maguire movie starring Cuba Gooding Jr. is bound to suck, so you know we’re heading for troubled waters already. In Boat Trip, Cuba and his buddy, Horatio Sanz, book a cruise to meet women because women cannot run away from them on a boat like they usually do on land. However, things take a turn for the worse for our hopeless romantics when a vengeful travel agent books them on a gay cruise instead. Hilarity is supposed to ensue but does not. Cuba pretends to be gay to woo a dance instructor with an ineffective gaydar and Horatio isn’t savvy enough to play the Horatio Hornblower angle that would have certainly gotten him laid by one of the few chicks on board.


Getting shipwrecked in Spain, where every beach is clothing optional and lined with tapas bars, sounds like paradise. Not so for two American tourists who get shipwrecked in a mysterious seaside town that refuses to help them. That’s because the townspeople worship a fish god named Dagon who has mutated them into, I kid you not, malevolent fish-human hybrids under the command of a weird octopus-mermaid creature. Look, it can happen, people. This is a realistic scenario and you’ve gotta be prepared. Always pack fish food to distract the fish-humans if they try to attack you, then kill ’em with a harpoon. Or just make sure you’re equipped with a radio to call for help. Whichever is more practical.

Dead Calm

What’s the cardinal rule of road tripping? Never pick up hitchhikers. Well, the same is true for hitchhikers at sea. Apparently Nicole Kidman and Sam Neill are the rebellious type because they let Billy Zane on their boat after he claims that all his shipmates died of food poisoning. Bad move. Everyone knows Billy Zane looks like a freakin’ serial killer, or, at minimum, a raging douchebag. And it turns out he’s both in Dead Calm. It takes Sam Neill a while to figure that out, and before you know it, there’s a cat and mouse fight for survival on the open seas. Remember that if you use your supply of flares to cook marshmallows faster, you won’t have any to be used as weapons later.

Deep Rising

Some say giant killer squids are myth. Deep Rising proves that they’re not only real, they’re capable of overtaking a state-of-the-art cruise ship and ruthlessly killing every passenger on board, even the ones hiding in bathrooms, as if it has X-ray vision in its arsenal of badassery. That’s what boat captain Treat Williams, star of The Substitute 2-4, encounters when he is coerced by a band of well-armed thieves into the middle of the ocean to rob the ocean liner of its prized possessions. But by the time they get to the ocean liner, it has already been pillaged by the most efficient stalker on the planet. Not even Waldo would be able to elude its ravenous, blood-thirsty tentacles. It finds everybody. And it kills them. Unless you have a jet ski. Jet skis are the preferred getaway vehicle. Even on land.

Ghost Ship

Thrill seekers who wish to stay overnight on a haunted ship can turn to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. But if you want to stay board a haunted ship in the middle of the ocean, where you can’t easily escape and lots of weapons are present, prepare for trouble. In Ghost Ship, Gabriel Byrne and his ragtag group of salvagers aren’t prepared for said trouble when they claim ownership of an abandoned old cruise ship in the Baltic Sea. Of course, strange things start to happen and people end up dying bloody deaths. That’s because the ship was the site of a brutal massacre forty years prior where an evil man cut a metal cable that sliced through a crowd of dancing passengers. Someone’s always gotta bring down the party.


Sometimes it’s better to go down with the ship. In Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat, survivors of a ship attack huddle in a lifeboat and wait to be rescued. Tensions grow as the food supply thins, class divisions come to the fore and a litany of existential dilemmas are explored. Sure it’s boring, but what did you expect from an entire movie about people in a lifeboat – song and dance numbers?


An endless buffet of food, drinking mai tais in the jacuzzi and attending awkward formal dinners sounds all good… until a rogue wave hits the ship and knocks it upside down. Luckily, Snake Plissken badass Kurt Russel and the even more badass Mr. Holland, aka Richard Dreyfuss, are aged and learned men who know how to lead an escape from a watery grave. As rooms flood and the Poseidon continues to sink, the two wise men join forces with a few other survivors to climb their way to the top of the ship in a challenge far mare dangerous than a Wipeout obstacle course. See that empty gym on the ship? You better utilize it because you’ll need some serious endurance to survive a sinking upside down ship.

Speed 2: Cruise Control

In Speed, a terrorist held a bus ransom by installing a bomb that would detonate if the bus dropped below 50 miles per hour. The plot of Speed 2 is relatively similar except way less interesting… because it’s on a cruise ship. Unlike in Boat Trip, hilarity ensues. Instead of simply jumping off the ship from the lower decks, the passengers are taken hostage and the cruise ship is directed toward an oil tanker. Sandra Bullock has to save the day again, this time with her Keanu Reeves lookalike boyfriend who, like Keanu in the first Speed movie, is also an LAPD SWAT member, except with a little more expression. For some reason, “boat terrorist” doesn’t sound as threatening as “airplane terrorist”.


The mother of all boat disaster movies. We all know the story so I won’t go into details. All I can hope is that the sinking of the Titanic taught you many things. First, if you are a man, you should always pack one women’s outfit in order to disguise yourself in case of emergency and circumvent the “women and children first” protocol. Second, I hope you learned this from Dead Calm, but do not trust Billy Zane. That dude is ALWAYS bad news. Third, if you’re going to jump off the back of a ship, make sure you don’t jump in the direct path of a giant metal propeller (even though humans crashing into propellers makes a hilarious BING sound). Fourth, if anyone ever claims that something is “unsinkable,” they’re asking to proven wrong. Lastly, Kate Winslet is hot, especially in “that” scene, but not hot enough to drown for. I know she’s an entitled rich chick and all, but you demand she make some room; that debris was big enough for two people. At minimum, she should have offered her natural flotation devices to keep Jack buoyant.

White Squall

The ocean is an unpredictable place. Not only do you have to worry about rogue waves, serial killer sea hitchhikers, and giant killer squids, you also have to worry about freak storms like white squalls. In the movie White Squall, a summer school sailing trip led by Jeff Bridges is overwhelmed by a sudden and violent storm that kills some of the less evolved students who didn’t develop gills like Kevin Costner did in Waterworld in order to survive. Moral of the story: unprepared students should skip class. Especially if there are no ladies on board to counterbalance all that testosterone. That sausage fest was a disaster waiting to happen, even if there was no white squall.

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Cruise Ship Travel Disadvantages

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Cruise ship travel is not for everybody. Although many enjoy cruises, some travelers prefer other types of vacations. Before going on a cruise, take time to consider whether or not this is the best method of travel for you. Be sure to research information about the specific companies you are considering as well as read reviews from other customers. Also consider talking to those you know who have traveled on cruises before and see if it sounds like something you would enjoy. It is important to get more information than just a recommendation from someone. What one person finds fun, you may not, so it is important to find out why a person did or did not enjoy a cruise ship experience.

Some do not enjoy cruises simply because of the nature of traveling on a boat. Those who are prone to motion sickness may not enjoy being on a boat because of the high likelihood of experiencing sea sickness. Severity differs for everybody, and sea sickness usually is not serious, but it can still be an unpleasant experience and can ruin a vacation. Consider whether or not this is something that concerns you. Medications and wrist bands help some who suffer from sea sickness, but they are not effective for everyone. For some people, sea sickness runs its course relatively quickly, but only you can decide whether or not this is a possibility you are willing to face.

Others are afraid to cruise because of the possibility of the boat sinking. Only you can decide whether or not you are a person who worries about this possibility. It may help to do some research. Any type of travel has inherent risks, of course. Some are terrified of airplane travel but sill travel on cruises. Others travel frequently on airplanes but would not consider going on a cruise. It is true that being on a boat is a different kind of experience than any other form of travel. Some are not so worried about the boat sinking but are afraid of being out in open water, unable to see the shoreline. Only you can decide whether or not being on the ocean bothers you.

Perhaps the most common fear of cruises in the last decade has been based on the media coverage of viral outbreaks on cruise ships. In the last couple years, this problem has improved, but most travelers are familiar with outbreaks of viruses such as the Norwalk virus. These viruses run rampant on cruise ships because of the large number of people in close proximity to one another for extended periods of time. Although general precautions can certainly decrease a persons’ chances of catching a virus on a cruise ship, it is true that illnesses are more difficult to avoid on a boat.

Along with viruses, crime on cruise ships has also been widely publicized. It is important to research each cruise line and get accurate statistics. Also, read reviews and information to learn how incidents are handled, and make sure you understand the level of security that will be present on the ship. Fortunately, most crime committed on cruise ships is property crime rather than violent crime, and this is relatively common with any type of travel.