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Hell of a Cruise

By John Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Docu showcases cruise line's failures; some violence.

Movie NR 2022 78 minutes
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A bit long in the tooth, this docu is sobering and brutal. The decision-making of Carnival Cruises described in Hell of a Cruise reveals a company dead set on making as much money as possible while the rest of the world began shutting down. Because of their actions, thousands of people got sick and many died, all unnecessarily.

The movie starts well with lots of personal footage taken by passengers documenting their travel. As time goes on and they are stranded longer and longer, trapped inside tiny cabins, with no separation between the sick and not sick, everyone felt like they were just waiting to get sick. The film does well to convey these fears and dangers passengers and employees suffered. Unfortunately, there isn't a happy ending, as most passengers state afterward that they'd love to continue their "cruise life" once life gets back to normal.

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