03 Sep 2013

Southampton, England

We started the cruise segment of our European summer leaving Southampton (south of London) last night on Regent’s Voyager.

Shortly after leaving we lost steering, the ship swerved, and it looked like we were heading for land. There was a lurch when they did something corrective with the anchors and we waited for a while learning that things were going to be fine.

The captain did a good job of updating us several times over the next couple hours and today.

There have been way too many cruise ship issues the last couple of years. I know nothing for sure but figure the reason has to do with some of the following:

1 .Maintenance cutbacks
2. More ships in the ocean
3. Statistical variance
4. Technology is ahead of the game and things take time to work out kinks.

I think it is the last item. Costs are too high for those type cutbacks. The passenger counts are way up but much of that is due to much bigger ships. Variance is too simple of an answer.

The newer ships have lots of high tech items. Whether it is sophisticated propulsion or just electric it is generally new and it takes thousands of iterations to work out all of the bugs.

Anyway, that is my theory.