Look Out below: Gadgets Falling

Remember when environmentalists carped when people were hitting golf balls off the deck of cruise ships because of their impact on urchins and plant life of the sea?

That problem has been eradicated by netting, but another one has arisen.

It seems that cruise-ship passengers have dropsy, butter fingers or too much alcohol. According to a survey conducted by an online cruise agent in Great Britain (www.bonvoyage.co.uk), they are making significant deposits in "Davy Jones' Locker."

This is what a poll of more than 1,100 passengers discovered:

• 41 per cent dropped a cel phone into the waters below

• 38 per cent mistakenly thought their cameras were for underwater photography

• 32 per cent had MP3 players that are now into music of the deep

• 29 per cent are Kindle-less

• 26 per cent deposited game consoles

Jamey Bergman, who writes a blog for the UK version of Cruise Critic, estimates the value of all those gizmos is more than $26 million.

Any way you look at it, that's a lot of golf balls.

Carnival Destiny
18 nights
February 4, 2013
Miami, Malaga, Barcelona, Livorno, Rome, Venice
Inside: $499
Cost per day: $28

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