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Lessons Learned From A Fatal River Cruise

A terrifying experience on vacation in the Amazon won’t keep me from traveling.

Even before COVID-19 upended the world, many people were fearful of traveling long distances because of terrorist attacks, airplane crashes and other disasters. Even my husband had grown skittish. That’s why we opted for a leisurely luxe cruise along the Amazon River in Peru. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty, as it turned out.

The very first night two people died from an onboard electrical fire, and our understanding of what it means to be “safe” was changed forever.

Read my story about our experience and lessons learned as published in The Huffington Post’s HuffPost Personal.

Expansive gray waterway with cloud-filled sky and sun peeking out at horizon, sunset
Sunset serenity belies potential dangers on the Amazon River in Peru.

2 thoughts on “Lessons Learned From A Fatal River Cruise

  1. What a terrifying experience! I’m glad you and your husband survived. We sometimes expect fires to start from the kitchen but this isn’t always the case. I also study the evacuation procedures when I check in to a hotel to keep safe and I am weary of chargers left in sockets overnight.

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