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Apr 4th 2007 10:37AM I have been on many cruises-tall ships, schooners, sea-going ferries and the modern cruise ships. There are many instances where it is not that incredibly hard to go overboard-but one must take the initiative to do it. Therein lies the problem also. I was recently treated by the VA for PTSD. The meds given to me made me feel very uncomfortable next to the railings on the ship-I am an old paratrooper and used to delight in jumping. I had tremendous urges whenever I was near the railing to climb over-not to commit suicide, but just to be in free-fall. I am off those meds and just came back from another nice cruise with no problems-but the moral of the story is to check the side effects of your meds.
One other note-there were 2 50 year old guys trying to buy drinks for very underage girls to lure them to their cabins. I can only say that I would understand why an enraged father might reduce the passenger cruise list by encouraging the perps to swim home, rather than endure jail time and abandonment by friends and families. And as one security guard told me "there is a reason some don't make it back".