TravelYet Another Reason to Never, Ever Go On a Cruise
One woman's long, peaceful sea voyage has become a sea voyage with literally no end in sight.
When it comes to travel, cruises are generally to be approached with grave caution. Sure, the days are relaxing and the salty breezes refreshing, but there is the attendant risk that you end up sleeping on a literal poop deck, quarantining yourself from norovirus-infected passengers in an impromptu nautical Walking Dead episode, and/or shotgunning beers with profoundly enthusiastic Kid Rock fans. You never know what perils the high seas will bring.
Enter British film student Rebecca Moss, a participant in "23 Days at Sea," an artist-in-residency program that allows creatives to enjoy some quiet, contemplative time in which to do some serious, well, creating aboard shipping vessels all over the world. (You may have heard of Amtrak's stateside version). This plan went horribly awry, though, after her ship's company, Hanjin, suddenly filed for bankruptcy protection. Skittish officials around the world, wary of being stuck with the bill for things like fuel and docking fees, immediately and indefinitely barred Hanjin ships from their ports.
This leaves dozens of vessels and thousands of people, including poor Moss, in a very uncomfortable limbo. Yet for some reason, the proprietors of Moss' esteemed artist-in-residence program are taking the ol' "feature not bug" approach:
"It actually underscores perfectly the aims of the residency in the
first place," Phillips told CNNMoney. "A consideration of time and
duration, unpinned from the cadence of everyday life, as well as an
attempt to make visible a global system of seaborne freight that most
of us remain blissfully unaware of."
You have to respect that spin! There is apparently sufficient food and drink aboard the Geneva to last for weeks, so it's not time to panic just yet. As Hanjin's fate winds through the U.S. bankruptcy courts, it's hard to imagine Moss is quite as enthused about the implications of this development for her artistic process. But Moss continues to Instagram valiantly. Behold, the face of GETMETHEHELLOFFTHISGIANTBOAT:
Artist types, if the prospect of an indefinite, involuntary detention does not dissuade your zeal for this sort of experiential adventure, keep an eye out for next year's application here. But remember, land is very much your friend. A nice, quiet coffee shop might not be so bad after all.