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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*

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 2/12/2013 3:33:34 PM

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

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Onion sandwiches? Add onion breath to the problems.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Halfvast Conspirator, 2/12/2013 3:36:15 PM     (No. 9172602)

All they need is some stomach virus and it will deliver the whole cruise package! And let´s not forget running aground while being towed into port!

Compensation will be a voucher for another cruise!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: JAN, 2/12/2013 3:42:27 PM     (No. 9172613)

Would they rather be on a sinking ship?

Would they rather be at sea in a lifeboat.

Man up!!!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: King of all trolls, 2/12/2013 3:44:49 PM     (No. 9172618)

On the bright side -- a boon for trial lawyers.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Hotrod, 2/12/2013 3:45:40 PM     (No. 9172622)

They should think positive. Make it an adventure. They will have something else to tell the grandkids about.

Getting angry and pouting will not improve their situation. Plus, I´m sure the cruise line will compensate them adequately.

Of course, the media will make them all victims, who are so traumatized that they will never be whole again....

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Bevan, 2/12/2013 3:45:55 PM     (No. 9172623)

On the brighter side, the EBT cards don´t work.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: pc1eszm, 2/12/2013 3:49:41 PM     (No. 9172629)

Makes me want to go on a cruise! Not.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: schnapps, 2/12/2013 3:51:08 PM     (No. 9172632)

This is not the Titanic - nor the Donner party, yet.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: horacer, 2/12/2013 3:51:58 PM     (No. 9172634)

Noro virus. Coming soon to your town compliments of Carnival.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: cheese, 2/12/2013 3:54:38 PM     (No. 9172636)

This ship appears to be a timely metaphor for Obama´s America.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: gagolfer, 2/12/2013 3:57:53 PM     (No. 9172643)

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.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: rubberneck, 2/12/2013 3:58:31 PM     (No. 9172646)

On the bright side... If indeed they get back to port on Thursday, it might be the happiest Valentine´s Day ever, for the passengers!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: jerseyden, 2/12/2013 3:58:57 PM     (No. 9172647)

Why is there urine in the hallways. Don´t they understand they are in the Gulf. Make do with what is available. Maybe they are worried the EPA will fine them.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: enuf8, 2/12/2013 4:06:53 PM     (No. 9172655)

Thanks # 12 - needed a good chuckle. I thought it was closer to Mexico to tow the cruise line and they were to fly passengers to their homes from there. What made that plan be aborted?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 2/12/2013 4:12:10 PM     (No. 9172663)

But is the booze holding out?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Coy860, 2/12/2013 4:14:58 PM     (No. 9172666)

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.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: metalman2, 2/12/2013 4:15:20 PM     (No. 9172667)

Maybe this particular boat doesn´t have a Poop deck. Why would the place be awash in sewage when all you need do is hang IT (whichever it need be) over the side?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: killerbee, 2/12/2013 4:17:03 PM     (No. 9172671)

Why are they stuck there until Thursday? This whole saga seems unnecessarily drawn out. Is someone trying to save some money?

Some of the stories do seem over-the-top. I´m sure there is an effort being made to portray it as twice as horrible as it is in order to build grounds for lawsuits.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: texas_gop, 2/12/2013 4:19:13 PM     (No. 9172674)

They can´t pee and poo into the water? Is the UN EPA following and making shure they don´t?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Grady, 2/12/2013 4:26:39 PM     (No. 9172689)

I thought it was a preview of
Obama´s State of the Union speech until I saw "cruise ship"


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Reply 20 - Posted by: TrueBlueWfan, 2/12/2013 4:27:56 PM     (No. 9172691)

I don´t know if these stories are accurate or not, but being on a cruise ship is not like being on a fishing boat. The ocean is many feet below the deck, and there are balconies all the way down.

This situation sounds totally unacceptable to me, and I would sue their pants off. No voucher for another cruise would cut it for me.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: 4Justice, 2/12/2013 4:28:03 PM     (No. 9172693)

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...

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Reply 22 - Posted by: cartcart, 2/12/2013 4:37:31 PM     (No. 9172706)

Part of the fun of a cruise has to be peeing over the side and into the water.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: realrep, 2/12/2013 4:38:04 PM     (No. 9172707)

Thanks #15 for a logical reason to always get a room with a balcony.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: alynnmcw, 2/12/2013 4:43:45 PM     (No. 9172714)

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.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Spidey, 2/12/2013 4:46:48 PM     (No. 9172720)

Sounds like the tugboat is running on ethanol.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: jalo1951, 2/12/2013 4:51:55 PM     (No. 9172731)

#16 beat me to it. I too was wondering why they didn´t just use the poop deck. I mean, that´s what it is for, right?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: vesicant, 2/12/2013 5:07:47 PM     (No. 9172758)

For a second or two, I thought the lede was about the scumbama White House.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Grambo, 2/12/2013 5:14:07 PM     (No. 9172778)

#´s 15 & 23, make sure it´s a top deck balcony - lower ones could be unpleasant if timing is off.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: nimby, 2/12/2013 5:32:08 PM     (No. 9172820)

Carnival.... a great reason not to take cruises

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Reply 30 - Posted by: bighambone, 2/12/2013 6:00:33 PM     (No. 9172868)

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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Reply 31 - Posted by: bob913, 2/12/2013 10:38:03 PM     (No. 9173311)

Love Boat soon will be making another run
The Love Boat promises something for everyone
Set a course for adventure
Your mind on a new romance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmUlKPthrag

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Reply 32 - Posted by: bob913, 2/12/2013 10:38:44 PM     (No. 9173313)

Geez!!! Use the poop deck!! : )

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Reply 33 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 2/12/2013 10:43:34 PM     (No. 9173323)

OK, first I read #15 which said that having a balcony would be an huge advantage in a situation like this.

And then I read #20. YeeeesSSHH!

"Inside stateroom, please!"

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Shells, 2/13/2013 12:00:58 AM     (No. 9173422)

Yuck.


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Reply 35 - Posted by: snakeoil, 2/13/2013 12:21:23 AM     (No. 9173440)

Bet each passenger is offered $50 their next Carnival Cruise. Things could be worse. ØDumbø and Plugs could be in charge of the boat.

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Malaysian Insider [Malaysia], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/16/2014 11:59:43 PM     Post Reply
As the search for the missing flight MH370 enters its 10th day with few clues as to its whereabouts, the New Straits Times said today the Boeing 777-200ER dropped 5,000 feet (1,500m) to evade commercial radar detection. In an exclusive story, the government-backed paper said investigators analysing MH370’s flight data revealed that the 200-tonne, fully laden twinjet descended 1,500m or even lower to evade commercial (secondary) radar coverage after it turned back from its flight path en route to Beijing. (Snip) Investigators poring over MH370’s flight data had said the plane had flown low and used “terrain masking” as it


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