There must be days when cruise ship captains envy the captains of cargo ships full of, well, who cares, as long as it can’t talk.
Because passengers who have paid for a cruise with the intent of relaxing, getting drunk or doing whatever else they please are not down with the old naval tradition of treating the captain as a supreme oceanic dictator. And increasingly, when passengers don’t get what they believe they paid for, they get mad.
Which is what happened on the Costa Europa last week. Apparently suffering from engine trouble on an Indian Ocean cruise, it missed several scheduled ports. (Is it my imagination, or has this been happening a lot lately?) Britain’s Telegraph, hewing to the national journalistic tradition of bold headlines, termed the passengers’ reaction “a mutiny.”