Cruising for a Living

At Least the Crew Bar Offered an Escape from the Escape

The tragic story of the Costa Concordia cruise ship hitting a rock after veering four miles off course hit close to home for me. A few months ago, I was working onboard a similar ship. A century after the Titanic went down, we tend to think of such sea-faring accidents as impossible, but having reflected on my own experience, I have to admit it’s not that surprising.

My improbable nautical gig was that of art auction associate. I signed on for a six-month contract to work for the art gallery aboard …