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Cruising Complications

AKIE BERMISS: I’ve never been on a cruise. Never in my life even set foot on a cruise boat. But every time I get a brochure from Princess Cruises in my mailbox I give it considerable thought. The thing is, to someone like me, cruises seem like a really extravagant affair. You pack your bag, you go to the docks, and you basically check in to a floating hotel room for a week. And all your food is paid for. You’re waited on hand and foot. You sail around where its beautiful and sunny and warm. I could be wrong about all this, of course, as my knowledge of cruises is pretty much informed by what I’ve seen in movies.

STEVE MURPHY: I have been on roughly 7 kabillion cruises. Or at least that’s what it feels like. I’ve been to just about every island in the Caribbean, some multiple times, plus a number of other exotic locales. Or, that’s what the cruise lines would have me believe.
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