‘Cruising’

‘C R U I S I N G’

The night the floating Palace hit the rocks the world stood still
A leviathan beached, gashed, wallowing
Lights blazing, its life force leaking.

At number 38, Coronation Road,
Ladies of a certain age watched on Betty’s TV…

“I can’t believe they’re still alive,” said Olive Smith from number 5
“Lucky they were close to shore,” remarked old Viv from 44

“It weren’t her fault, that lovely ship, I blame that bloody careless skip.
They say he left them all to drown when he’d ran that boat aground”

A pause as Betty served the tea.

“So, we’ll not be doing that no more,” said Mrs James from 24.
“I’ll miss my cruise – I don’t agree,” said Dot from number 33

“What’s instead” said Amy Dunn, “there’s nothing else that’s half the fun?”
“This year will be our thirteenth cruise,” said Dot, “and that’s not cheery news”

“Sugar?” Betty passed the bowl.

“I think that we should try and stick to British ships,” said Sarah Dick
“My Norman always used to say he’d go with Cunard any day!”

“No ships are British anymore,” said Sally Young from 34.
“all of them are owned abroad, ‘tho some have British crews aboard”

That cheered them up.

“Why not go back to P&O they always did us proud, you know?”
Or Silverseas,” said Laura Mudgett, “or would that be beyond our budget?”

But Betty had the answer.

“Fares will tumble, wait and see. And with loads of spare capacity
we’ll pick up one for next to nowt, there’s ten of us, we’ve got the clout!”

And so it was that ten old gels ended up in the Seychelles
Bearing out the age-old jargon that most women would rather die…

…than miss a bargain!

Cruise ship