This review of the original Peacock documentary film Hell of a Cruise contains no spoilers.
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In January 2020, amid the COVID outbreak, people boarded the Diamond Princess cruise ship thinking they were about to relax on their vacation. That was until they became prisoners on this floating ship, worried about whether they would get out or not. As someone who likes to cruise, I’m terrified to watch this documentary.
We briefly introduce you to a few people about to set sail on the Diamond Princess cruise. It was a seventeen-day cruise, and these people were ready for their vacation. The chatter around the COVID outbreak was there, but most passengers didn’t care.
I couldn’t believe how these cruise lines handled these cruises. They have not stopped going through the early stages of the pandemic. Also, refuse to reimburse anyone who did not want to board for safety reasons. Instead, the cruise lines promised the customer over the phone that they would take many precautions for all passengers.
One of the things that stood out the most from the documentary was how much footage they had inside the ship because people were filming on board. So you get a very personal insight into the events on the ship and their escalation. So you go from images of people having a blast to the MASS mayhem that followed. That was by far the best part of the documentary because you can hear anyone talking about something that happened, but seeing it is a whole other thing.
The editors of this documentary do a brilliant job of making us feel the same claustrophobic feeling these passengers were going through. I give the filmmakers so much credit for how you sometimes feel like you’re watching a horror movie, but they bring you back to reality to realize that these people have been through it all. For much of this movie, I was in disbelief how badly this was all handled.
Globally, The hell of a cruise was a haunting yet fascinating look at one of the craziest stories of this COVID outbreak. It was like watching a horror movie unfold but with real consequences. The documentary won’t be for everyone as it’s still fresh in people’s minds, but I recommend checking it out.
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