Far too many of us are stuck this summer, because we just can’t seem to afford a real vacation. So instead of really going somewhere and actually doing something, the term ‘staycation’ was developed to, I suppose, make us feel better as we wilt at home and suffer through the summer doldrums. So, what could be more refreshing than watching a cruise ship movie? You know the genre, all glitz and glitter, as glam passengers parade around the sun-kissed deck of some luxurious ocean liner. Tranquil seas, elegant surroundings, beautiful people, big drinks, and a good time was had by all. Escapism at its finest, I suppose.
Yet there are some cruisy type movies that have, to borrow a term, an assault and battery twist. These are the movies where, despite the happily ever after beginning, the cruise inevitably ends tragically. Given box office and fan ratings, these type of movies provide a guilty pleasure for many of us. So, and to help you feel better about being stuck in staycationville, here’s a few comments about vacationers in three such movies who really owed it to themselves to just stay home! So don’t even think of envying them.