Youngsters rocking the boat on cruise ships
NOT all progress is good.
Apparently 20-somethings are elbowing oldies out of the way to take to cruise ships as an alternative to internet coupling.
I had noticed that for single men and women of a certain age there are ample opportunities on cruises for eyeing up the talent (can you call over-50s ‘talent’?).
Activities from bridge to singing provide the mature singles – often divorced or widowed – to take a safe peek at the possibilities on board. Could this now be replaced by younger liaisons, more likely in the bars, pools and fitness areas?
Once on a cruise I made the mistake of stumbling on a strictly singles gathering in the corner of a bar, where they had joined a ship’s officer for an early evening drink.
Mr F had gone to a quiz while I was getting ready and we had arranged to meet there before dinner. I realised too late that I was sitting in a space reserved strictly for singles, who that night were almost exclusively female.
A monosyllabic man was resisting attempts by a jolly woman to engage him in conversation so she turned to me and we chuntered away. That was until I realised that over my shoulder she had spotted a new arrival who was someone she clearly thought might float her boat.
You’ve guessed it: Mr F, pleased at having won his quiz, fragrant and smart in his white tuxedo (he does scrub up well – even our regular waiter called him Mr Bond), was heading in our direction.
When he reads this column he’ll realise why on that particular cruise, on that particular night, I finished off my gin and tonic in record time and we got to the restaurant without his feet touching the ground.
I can’t say I’m terribly impressed with another item I read in the name of progress; that in future we will be able to smell and taste movies.
Academics at Oxford University have already tested a sensory cinema in London. Watching Gravity (a space drama), the audience was blasted with menthol to trick their bodies into feeling cold.
That’s OK while humans are in charge but if appropriate aromas for films are sorted by computers in future, I’m just a bit worried about films like Grease or Gone with the Wind.
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