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February 25, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Monday Survey: Would you still take a cruise?

On the sea of public relations in recent years, cruise ships have hit the rocks — quite literally, on

A tent city erupted on the deck of the Carnival Triumph cruise ship earlier this month as stranded passengers sought to escape putrid smells from overflowing sewage below decks. (photo by Kalin Hill / The Associated Press)

occasion.

From norovirus “vomit vacations” to Italy’s Costa Concordia shipwreck that took 32 lives, problems have plagued these mammoth floating hotels, some twice the size of the Titanic. The most recent fiasco with the Carnival ship in the Gulf of Mexico has given a whole new, unfortunate meaning to the term “poop deck.”

So — do we divorce the Love Boat? Has this hugely popular mode of holiday-making run its course?

Click on “comments” and give us your take on it. Does the lure of endless eats, salt air and free movie nights overcome the down sides? Or is it time to run screaming down the gangplank?

This week’s question: Would you still take a cruise?

Tell us why or why not. We’ll put it to a vote later in the week.

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