As I watched the coverage from before and after the return of the ship, things
that struck me include how poorly people today are able to cope with even minor
adversity, how readily they complain and how ill informed they are not only
about the risks they undertake but also the legal relationship they have with
something like a cruise company while aboard. I saw one young person saying the
money, refund, return transportation that carnival offered weren't enough.
But it far and away more than carnival is required to provide. And for so many
who described it as the worst ever experience in their lives, it just shows what
charmed lives they live. We don't give it a second thought when we read a
report on a ferry in India or Bangladesh going down killing dozens. But have to
poop in a bag or stand in line for food, and all hell breaks loose.
Went on a carnival cruise from Fla to Cozumel last Oct. Everything went fine.
I assume our ship, the Dream, was newer. I understand one suit already filed.
I am not sure I would blame Carnival. Life happens.
"I have read that the main reasons that bargain cruises are a bargain is
that they are staffed and regulated outside of the US."Virtually
all cruise ships (not just the bargain cruises) are registered outside of the US
to avoid US oversight, labor laws and taxes.
My wife and I love to cruise. We feel it is the best vacation value out there.
When you think of the millions of happy cruise passangers each year this
situation is rare.
Everyone apparently survived, some in better spirits than others. I have read
that the main reasons that bargain cruises are a bargain is that they are
staffed and regulated outside of the US. With daily costs in the range of $30 a
day it's not surprising that corners are cut with the resulting risks. One thought, it might be wise to borrow a Luggable Loo from the
emergency storage room and bring it along on your next Carnival Cruise!
I have heard that the sister ships to the Triumph that were also made in Italy
have also had very severe issues. Maybe the manufacturer?
When considering a cruise, I always research the year the ship was built. Why
pay for an older ship if a newer one is available. Nicer decor, less chance of a
breakdown. The Carnival Triumph was built in 1999. Although
"refurbished" in 2011, some parts of the ship may not have been.
Just watching the news. A reporter gave a passenger just of the ship the
opportunity to blast the owners of Carnival. Instead she chose to thank the
crew for doing everything possible to make them comfortable. For many of the
crew their only pay is tips, they probably didn't make much on that trip.
I thought the headline was funny ("Utahns on Triumph cruise ship reach port
in Alabama"). I'm guessing those on the Triumph not from Utah also
reached Alabama, but I could be mistaken.