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    Vacation from H***

    Ducky
    Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:48 pm
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    I keep hearing about the Carnival cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico that had an engine fire over the weekend. They are running on emergency power and are being towed. No lights, no air conditioning, barely any food and no working toilets. The last I heard, they are to arrive at Mobile, AL on Thursday. icon_eek.gif

    I'm sure Carnival will refund their money and give them a voucher for a future trip. Somehow, I don't think any of the passengers are terribly interested in another cruise with them though.

    And with no real working bathroom facilities, not sure I'd want to eat anything that I didn't open or peel. The yuck factor is too high. Then again,, I'm not all that hungry right now.
    K9 Owned
    Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:55 pm
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    That would be dreadful! They will be ok with food because it can be dropped for them but the rest of the situation is just grim!
    seashell
    Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:10 pm
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    This is one of the reasons we will not go on a cruise. We have friends who have been going on at least 4 cruises @ year, and they love cruising. Each to their own. They usually cruise the Caribbean.
    K9 Owned
    Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:25 pm
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    I just came back 10 days ago from a cruise out of San Diego to Puerto Vallarta. I have probably been on 6 cruises now and not once experienced any difficulties. I have a slight preference for land vacations but cruises can be wonderful. I'd still go - these things don't happen very often and as you mentioned, people do get compensated. It doesn't make up for the horrible time but at least you get another shot at it.
    Molly53
    Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:13 pm
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    I wouldn't have a problem taking a cruise in the future, either.

    CARNIVAL TRIUMPH
    STATEMENT FROM GERRY CAHILL, PRESIDENT & CEO, CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES

    February 12, 2013, 8:30pm ET

    The Carnival Triumph, while on a four-day cruise that departed Galveston last Thursday, experienced an engine room fire on Sunday morning and has been without propulsion in the Gulf of Mexico since that time. The ship’s automatic fire extinguishing systems activated and the fire was successfully extinguished. Fortunately, there were no injuries to guests or crew members.

    Earlier this evening, the first of two tugboats arrived and is tied up to the ship with the second expected in the early hours of Tuesday morning. We had originally planned to tow the ship to Progreso, Mexico, the closest port to the ship’s location early Sunday. Since that time, the ship has drifted about 90 miles north due to strong currents. This now puts the ship nearly equidistant to Mobile, Alabama and given the strength of the currents, it is preferable to head north to Mobile, rather than attempt to tow against them. We now expect to arrive in Mobile sometime on Thursday, roughly the same time the ship would have arrived in Progreso given the distance the ship has traveled. From there, we will provide the necessary transportation to get our guests home. Mobile also provides simpler re-entry, particularly for the 900 guests onboard traveling without passports.

    We have maintained constant contact with the ship’s officers. All of our guests are safe, and we’re doing everything we can to make them as comfortable as possible. The ship has maintained emergency generator power since the fire occurred and the technical team on board has been successful in gradually restoring auxiliary power to operate some basic hotel functions. Currently, public and cabin toilets are operational in certain sections of the ship, power has been restored to a limited number of elevators, and some power in the Lido dining area is providing for hot coffee and limited hot food service.

    All guests on the current Carnival Triumph voyage will receive a full refund for the cruise, along with transportation expenses. In addition, they will receive a future cruise credit equal to the amount paid for this voyage, as well as reimbursement of all shipboard purchases during the voyage, with the exception of gift shop and casino charges.

    We’re terribly sorry for the inconvenience, discomfort, and frustration our guests are feeling. We know they expected a fantastic vacation, and clearly that is not what they received. Our shipboard and shoreside teams are working around the clock to care for our guests and get them home safely.
    *Parsley*
    Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:28 pm
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    I hope they are keeping the booze flowing.
    SarasotaCook
    Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:42 pm
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    They said they have some working toilets, limited lights, some food, coffee, emergency lights would be on.

    Hey, they did a great job doing the best they could.
    I'd would go again. I don't see what the big deal is. Things happen.

    Ever fly somewhere and get stuck at an airport for 2 days and not get to your destination in time.

    It's not like the guest can't use the bathroom; and if they are HOT, go outside on the deck. It is beautiful weather right now.

    I've only gone on 1 cruise; and it isn't for me; but, I did have fun. If I went with a group, or SO, I would go again.

    That kind of thing doesn't bother me at all. Things happen. Make the best of it - life it too short to get all upset and bothered about something you can't do anything about. Enjoy what you can, and just think. They will offer you another cruise.

    My now ex and I went on a ski vacation some 25 years ago. It rained, our room, the ceiling collaspsed; all our closed were ruined ... but you know what; we had a blast. We made the best of it. And, we went back to the same place the following year.
    Ducky
    Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:15 pm
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    I understand that the company would put a happy face on it. It is business to them. However, from all the passenger comments I've seen and heard, it truly is miserable. The cabins are very hot and one must sleep in the hallway or on deck. Food lines are 3-4 hours long. The toilets, for the most part, are not working. And the very few that are have to service 4,000 people. Many toilets have overrun and in the heat, it is not a pleasant smell (or sight).

    And yes, I've missed flights or had them cancelled and been stuck in airports or cities for hours or overnight. That doesn't even come close to being stuck on a ship with EXTREMELY limited service and amenities.

    And yes, I do understand that things happen. But why does it keep happening to Carnival?
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:13 pm
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    I have ever had the desire to go on a cruise. In fact, on our first date, some 17 years ago, we both agreed never to go on a cruise.

    I get seasick just thinking about it. icon_redface.gif
    Deely
    Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:03 pm
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    Ducky wrote:
    I understand that the company would put a happy face on it. It is business to them. However, from all the passenger comments I've seen and heard, it truly is miserable. The cabins are very hot and one must sleep in the hallway or on deck. Food lines are 3-4 hours long. The toilets, for the most part, are not working. And the very few that are have to service 4,000 people. Many toilets have overrun and in the heat, it is not a pleasant smell (or sight).

    And yes, I've missed flights or had them cancelled and been stuck in airports or cities for hours or overnight. That doesn't even come close to being stuck on a ship with EXTREMELY limited service and amenities.

    And yes, I do understand that things happen. But why does it keep happening to Carnival?



    AND why are there no back up plans in place. It's not like they're in the middle of the ocean!
    CHRISSYG
    Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:13 pm
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    *Parsley* wrote:
    I hope they are keeping the booze flowing.

    I was thinking the same thing. Lol
    Deely
    Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:27 pm
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    CHRISSYG wrote:
    *Parsley* wrote:
    I hope they are keeping the booze flowing.

    I was thinking the same thing. Lol


    Yeah but then you have all those people peen' and puken' !!!! icon_eek.gif icon_lol.gif
    *Parsley*
    Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:37 pm
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    Deely wrote:
    CHRISSYG wrote:
    *Parsley* wrote:
    I hope they are keeping the booze flowing.

    I was thinking the same thing. Lol


    Yeah but then you have all those people peen' and puken' !!!! icon_eek.gif icon_lol.gif



    The trip is already ruined.... why not? The time would go by faster. LOL icon_lol.gif
    Deely
    Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:45 pm
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    *Parsley* wrote:
    Deely wrote:
    CHRISSYG wrote:
    *Parsley* wrote:
    I hope they are keeping the booze flowing.

    I was thinking the same thing. Lol


    Yeah but then you have all those people peen' and puken' !!!! icon_eek.gif icon_lol.gif



    The trip is already ruined.... why not? The time would go by faster. LOL icon_lol.gif


    icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif I guess you're right...I'd rather be in with the who the heck cares crowd icon_cool.gif than the people tut tutting on the sidelines. icon_lol.gif
    Lightly Toasted
    Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:32 am
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    seashell wrote:
    This is one of the reasons we will not go on a cruise. We have friends who have been going on at least 4 cruises @ year, and they love cruising. Each to their own. They usually cruise the Caribbean.


    My parents (young-ish---mid 60's) still like to take several cruises a year. I stress the whole time they are gone.

    Oprah did a show several years ago detailing how the cruise industry spends BILLIONS of dollars a year on "fixers" .....people who make sure that the average consumer doesn't know about the number of passengers who get robbed, disappear, or are raped. They also make sure that the mass public doesnt find out about the number of times that "things go wrong" on a cruise ship.

    My friend and her family took a Disney Cruise to the Carribean. The kids were scattered around at various fun activities. Cindi and her DH were enjoying evening cocktails and looking at the stars. They noticed staff running around "like they were on the Titanic." None of the staff would tell them what was going on. Gut instinct told them that something was very wrong, so they gathered the kids from their various activities. By the time that they reunitied, they could see flames shooting out the top of the big smokestack that is shaped like Micky Mouse ears. They stayed in the vicinity of their assigned life boat, but fortunately the staff got the fire under control. The next morning, the melted Mickey Mouse ears were unrecognizable. When she showed my the pictures, I was horrified. And the incidient was completely brushed off as "a little engine trouble" to the passengers.

    She has never taken another cruise.
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