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Cruising to the Movies: Cinematic Cruise Travel

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jewel was recently the setting of the television show “Transparent,” for the last episode of season three. In the program, where Jeffrey Tambor portrays a transgender father, the show’s family comes aboard as the ship and its venues are positively showcased. It’s a nice change of pace because over the years the industry has been cinematically depicted in a mixed fashion.

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Perhaps the worst portrayal of a cruise ever was in 1997’s “Speed 2: Cruise Control” during which Seabourn’s former Seabourn Legend, now Windstar Cruises’ Star Legend (pictured above), is embarrassingly lampooned as a luxury ship operated by an incompetent crew and boarded by traveling imbeciles.

Thankfully, the ship itself showed well after the production spent an entire month filming on location. Otherwise, according to the awful script, only an LAPD officer with Sandra Bullock’s returning character are capable of overcoming the terrorist threat of a former disgruntled employee wreaking havoc onboard.

Those who green lit this film bought too much into the notion that any advertising is good advertising because for nearly two decades, this was my only impression of the Seabourn brand before sailing onboard this year, and it was not a good one. Luckily, as I knew better all along, the Seabourn product is nowhere near as poor – actually the polar opposite is true – as it is conveyed in this forgettable B movie.

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