Princess Cruises Allows 2 Castaways to Die! – IELTS Essay Practice

By | September 30, 2013
Read the article below about Princess Cruises. Then answer the comprehension questions and IELTS practice essay question at the bottom of the page.  
Cruise Ship


Have you ever heard of Princess Cruises? They are a large and famous cruise ship company. Princess Cruises is famous because their boat was used for the film series The Love Boat. A Princess ship holds more than 2500 passengers. Princess Cruises is a big deal! This is why the following story about Princess Cruises is so disturbing! 
According to BBC reports last year, Princess Cruises allowed two castaways to die at sea. A castaway is a person who is out at sea and cannot return to land.  There are many castaways at sea every year.  Not all castaways survive!  Because sea water is salty, many castaways die of thirst, even though they are surrounded by water!
According to BBC news, two passengers saw three castaways out at sea near Rio Hato in Panama. These three castaways were on their fishing boat.  The motor of the boat stopped working.  There was no way to fix the motor.
After 16 days, a Princess ship sailed by. Two passengers on the Princess saw the castaways.  One of them was Judy Meredith.  Judy told a staff member what she saw.  The staff member told her they would take care of the problem. 
Sadly, the staff on Princess did nothing to save these 3 castaways!  As a result, 2 of the passengers died.  Adrian Vasquez was the only one who survived. Adrian is suing Princess Cruises for passing the castaways.  He says that it was it was the fault of Princess Cruise that his 2 friends died.  
Princess Cruises says they did not do anything wrong.  They say it is not their fault that Adrian Vasquez’s two friends died out out at sea. Princess also reminded people that they rescued more than 30 castaways last year.  For sure, Princess Cruises will fight to protect its image.
Do you think that Princess must pay money to Adrian Vasquez for their mistake?  Imagine that you are on the road driving your car.  You see someone in danger, and you do not help them.  Can they sue you? 
The fact is this: It is the law of the sea that you must help any boat in distress. If you see someone in trouble on a boat, you must help them.  If you do not, you could be in trouble. The law for seas is different than for land.


1.   Which film made Princess Cruises famous?
2.   What is a castaway?
3.   What happened to these two castaways?
4.   Why is Adrian Vasquez suing Princess Cruises?
5.   How many people did Princess Cruises save last year?
6. What does it mean to protect one’s image?
7. What could happen if you break the law of the sea?




  1. What does it mean to be a good sport?
  2. How has sports changed in the last 50 years?
  3. What does it mean to “idolize” winners?
  4. What are behavior problems that some famous athletes have?
  5. Why do some schools allow poor student athletes to graduate?
  6. What is one way to teach your child to be a good sport?
  7. What is a little league team?
  8. What two things can help athletes get into college?
  9. When is it a good idea for coaches to talk to parents?
  10. What should you do if your child’s team loses?


You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Rescue laws be the same for both land and sea.To what extent do you agree or disagree or disagree with this statement.
Write at least 250 words.

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