I admit to being fascinated by the Carnival Cruise ship drama (Twitter hashtags—no kidding—#poopboat and #poopship) as we watched the disabled behemoth limp back to Mobile on Thursday with 4000 crew and passengers in a floating soup of raw sewage and onion sandwiches. As low-information travelers, our family has been on no less than three Carnival cruises, so I know a little about the culture of those ships. It’s an odd mix of senior citizens, families with young children, and the people who purchase the unlimited liquor cards. The seniors play bingo, the children romp around Camp Carnival
Comments: I hope those crew members get a little extra in the next paycheck.
This is a wonderful larticle - from "Memes Interruptus" to the very last sentence.
The story of the so-called “Cruise from Hell” reminded me—and reminds all of us—that we can choose how to respond to a crisis and that how we respond directly impacts not only our own emotional reaction, but the responses of others around us. Clearly, the positive culture of Carnival Cruise Lines’ well-trained employees raised the spirits of the guests, despite raw sewage running down the halls of the ship and passengers being forced to defecate into plastic “bio-bags.”
Lewis Mumford said, “Humor is our way of defending ourselves from life’s absurdities by thinking absurdly about them.” Guest after guest exited the ship and giggled about the bio-bags, recounting stories of lost modesty and awkward communal living conditions. While they certainly didn’t say they enjoyed it, they saw the absurdity in the whole thing and it was clear some couldn’t wait to get off that ship and tell their survival tales.
Only a real wuss would be hooking up with a lawyer as he docked.
Thank you, Paula, for a refreshing counter-story to the media bashing of yet-another corporation.
I was impressed with the universal praise for the crew. Apparently, dedicated, well-trained professionals who know the meaning of "providing service" in a service industry. Kudos to them and to Carnival for selecting and training them well.
But I was more than impressed, I was gratified to read that the belief in God and the scriptures was the bonding thread of those who maintained a positive attitude. [“Why am I not surprised?”]
Stories like this...and that of the God-sent Dr. Carson....will turn this nation back to God -- before Allah and his servants steal it...from within!
I would have no interest in an onion sandwich and would need to be more than five days hungry to be tempted. If the population of the ship was representative of the percentage of Americans over weight....I´m sure they could "live off their bodies" for a while if necessary. When I was in uniform, I was forced to go for long periods from time to time with zero food. After the first 24 hours it´s a piece of cake (yum). It´s really doable for reasonably healthy people.
OP, the laws of the sea are very different. The surviving crew of the Titanic had thir pay cut off at the moment the entire ship went under and they had to replace whatever kit they lost with their own money. Many people love cruising and most companies do an excellent job of satisfying the customers but their chief worry is that new clientele will be lost to the industry through bad publicity, not fear of litigation.
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