Review of Cruise Journal by Peter Loughlin

Pass the Seasickness Pills, written by Peter Loughlin and edited by his son Martin, is an interesting and humorous journal about the experiences of the author and his wife Sheila while on a 12-day cruise of the Mediterranean. The conversational, straightforward style of Loughlin’s writing adds considerable credibility to his personal observations onboard the Portuguese ship Funchal and on shore. Anyone who has traveled on a cruise can readily identify with the nuisances and unforeseen problems, which invariably occur at the most inopportune time.

Journal entries include both the positive and negative aspects of the cruise from miserable weather which seems to follow them everywhere, noisy, irritating passengers, and unappetizing food to the occasional below average entertainment and all too familiar discomfort of seasickness. Seasickness is not an unusual occurrence, as Sheila soon discovers, and it affects most travelers at one time or another. I could relate to this unwelcome ailment and the frustration of frequent visits to the ship’s doctor which interfere with the pleasure of cruise ship travel. Seasickness is often the reason why travelers miss that special captain’s party or other important event. Unable to attend, they remain confined to their cabin and spend hours wondering if the cruise was such a good idea after all. Yet, despite the undesirable aspects of their journey, the Loughlins awake each morning, eager and ready for a new and different adventure that awaits them. They look forward to visiting various ports of call including Oporto, Lisbon, Vigo, Tangier, and Gibralter before arriving in Cork and returning home. While reading the author’s excellent descriptions of their sightseeing ashore, it did cross my mind that more detail about the ship’s facilities and passengers might be included.

Cruise ship vacations are usually promoted and described in glowing terms, where each picture perfect day meets the traveler’s highest expectations. The recent news reports of shipboard problems and passenger dilemmas are perceived as rare exceptions for the most part and do little to deter the continued interest in cruises. Loughlin’s journal simply reminds us that the unexpected should not interfere with cruise travel enjoyment. Pass the Seasickness Pills is an amusing story which gives readers a realistic overview of cruise travel in a delightful and entertaining way. The journal will appeal to older couples like themselves, or to any age group for that matter who seek the variety and pleasure that a cruise has to offer.

Published: 5 Apr 2013
Amazon Kindle Edition – $1.99

Sharon L Slayton
June 2013

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