SURVEY: Piracy & Cruising

I recently sent the following survey to everyone on my contact list. If you would like to participate, please answer the questions and forward your answers to my assistant. Please ask your friends, family, and business associates to participate as well!

 As you may know, safety at sea is an important mission for this shipwreck survivor, author, speaker and blogger. Reading media reports about increased piracy on commercial vessels naturally leads me to question the safety of cruise line travel.

My survey is intended to get your opinion and forward the results to the cruise line industry. I am guessing that they are not going to take a survey of this nature, although they are interested in addressing people’s concerns and considering viable suggestions. What intervention do you think would be most effective: diplomacy, military force, new policy, armed guards/escorts, rerouting, architectural modifications, etc.? Let me know.

Please respond to question numbers 1 & 2; the others are optional but much appreciated. Send your completed survey (and whether I have your permission to be quoted) to my assistant, Kimberly DeFields by the first of June: Write SURVEY on the subject line. She will compile your information, and I will post it on my website sometime in June.



1. How often do you take cruises?

2. Has piracy influenced your decision to take a cruise? Yes/No

3. What are your concerns?

4. What solutions do you offer to address these concerns?

5. Do your employment and/or hobbies involve travel on water? Explain:

Please fill out the following information:

Name (last name optional): ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­__________________________________________

City and State: ____________________________________________________

Do I have your permission to quote you, using your first name, city and state? Yes__No__


Thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey. Feel free to forward it to your contacts. Your valuable responses will help maintain safety at sea.

I wish you many safe and beautiful journeys!

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