jinxed (adjective): having or believed to bring bad luck — Cambridge Dictionary
This article was updated on 12th June 2023.
The series of unfortunate incidents on board cruise ships never seems to end. The mishaps range from breakouts of disease and drunken brawls to missing passengers and murder. The superstitious may be tempted to believe that a spirit of bad luck lurks on the decks and in the cabins to spoil a fun-filled vacation at sea.
But what can one expect when thousands of people, mostly strangers to one another, are crammed into these floating hotels-cum-shopping malls? Yet, many still go on cruises. They want to party and to celebrate life against the backdrop of a beautiful blue sea, unmindful of the troubling events that frequently happen on board. Consider some of the horrifying stories which were reported during the period March–May 2023:
Such incidents are not isolated. They have been happening way too often and for too long. Indeed, the magnitude of the problem led to the formation in 2006 of International Cruise Victims, a group that shares stories of survivors of tragic events aboard cruise ships and advocates greater safety in the cruise sector. Click here to visit their website.
To say that cruise ships are jinxed would be to brush aside the sins of their operators. The awful events that cruise passengers experience or witness are not the result of chance or ill luck. They are due to the failings of an industry that values money more than passenger safety and health. So much for the fun and adventure promised in the adverts.