Topic: Carpets soaked in urine, sewage running down walls and onion sandwiches for dinner: Passengers reveal the dire conditions of disabled Carnival cruise ship that they will be stuck on until Thursday
Carpets soaked in urine, sewage running down walls and onion sandwiches for dinner: Passengers reveal the dire conditions of disabled Carnival cruise ship that they will be stuck on until Thursday Daily Mail [UK], by Sarah Malm*
Passengers on the nightmare Carnival cruise ship stranded in the Gulf of Mexico are using patchy cellphone coverage today to reveal that ´conditions are getting worse by the hour´. Some of the 4,200 people on board reported that cabin carpets are soaked in urine, passengers are sleeping in tents on deck and scarce food supplies has reduced them to eating cold onion sandwiches. The ship has been stranded since Sunday after a fire in the engine room crippled the power system. The first tug boat reached the Carnival Triumph on Monday night and it is being towed to Mobile, Alabama
Comments: *with Thomas Durante and Louise Boyle
Onion sandwiches? Add onion breath to the problems.
They are receiving a full refund for this cruise and another free cruise. Of course there will be conditions on what their free cruise can be- probably certain ships, cabins, and dates only. Cruiselines never compensate with anything but a full or partially discounted future cruise and maybe a small amount of on-board credit to spend on the next cruise. Certainly there will be negligence lawsuits.
Maintanence is suffering on most cruiselines in these economic times as cruise fares have mostly all been discounted to get people on the ships. Carnival Corp makes billions in profit every year so no need to feel sorry for them.
I have cruised over 40 times. I don´t buy the onion sandwich story. The ship has plans for this type of unfortunate event, and p&j sandwiches, or cheese sandwiches with chips most likely are available along with fruit, at the very least. It always pays to book a private balcony, both for sleeping and to dump the wastebasket after emergency use.s/ Bottled water for washing hands.
After only a couple of days, the people are living like caged monkeys? Why are the carpets soaked in urine? Why is sewage running down the walls? That makes absolutely no sense. Are people actually peeing any and everywhere or is it because their sewage system overflowed everywhere? Even so, that makes no sense. If they have an emergency generator, why don´t they use it to ensure the basic sanitary conditions? Why are people living like cavemen when they know better? There must be better ways to handle human waste! Or is it that people just don´t care these days??? For some reason, I can´t see people letting stuff like this happen some years back...
church member´s wife, daughter on the ship. Rec´d call yesterday. Daughter thinks its an adventure, wife (dare I say high-maintenance) not faring so well. Expecting great stories upon their return. This is why I will never get on a ship.
This can happen to any of those cruise ships at anytime. Once they have a fire in or near the engine room that knocks out the power they are usually done. The passengers are lucky that they were sailing in fair weather, because a high profile ship like that, without power, sailing in high wind, would turn either bow on, or stern on, into the wind and start rocking back and forth.
I was on one last year South of Aruba when an engine went out. They had to stop for several hours until they could get the power up and running, lucky we were in calm seas and did not end up in Venezuela.
So apparently it is not unusual for those cruise ships to break down, and you can bet that with the economic situation being what it is, the cruise ship companies are allowing a lot of heavy engine maintenance to slide.
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