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2nd tugboat fails, leaving 1 tugboat pulling crippled cruise ship to San Diego (Carnival cruise)
Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 10, 2010 | AP

Posted on 11/10/2010 11:00:53 AM PST by inflorida

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Coast Guard official says one of two tugboats tasked with pulling a disabled cruise ship to San Diego didn't have enough power and was forced to turn back.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Jetta Disco says a Mexican company has sent a third tugboat to the scene but authorities are trying to determine whether it would be better to leave the one tugboat alone while it slowly makes headway.

--snip--

Instead of lavish buffets, passengers on the Carnival Splendor were subsisting on Spam, Pop Tarts and canned crabmeat flown in by Navy helicopters.

People were trying to keep their spirits up by singing, socializing and playing cards, said passenger David Zambrano, who managed to get cell phone service Wednesday and called his employer, Denver TV station 9NEWS.

The ship's bars, casinos, pools and the upper deck were closed. Rooms in the interior of the ship were pitch black and passengers propped open their doors to let in air and emergency lighting from the hallways.

"So really, all we're going is just kind of hanging out on a boat waiting for the next mealtime," Zambrano said.

But when mealtime comes, there's a two-hour wait for food, which is cold.

(Excerpt) Read more at orlandosentinel.com ...


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1 posted on 11/10/2010 11:01:01 AM PST by inflorida
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To: inflorida
2nd tugboat fails

Yeah buddy. They just don't make things like they used to.

Sure seems to be taking a long time to tow a ship in.

2 posted on 11/10/2010 11:02:50 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (every bad idea once seemed good to someone.)
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To: inflorida

Let me guess. Carnival will give each passenger a voucher good for another cruise?


3 posted on 11/10/2010 11:03:34 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: inflorida

chicom engines in those tugs.

LLS


4 posted on 11/10/2010 11:03:50 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: inflorida

wow. what a situation to be in. canned crabmeat and spam tho? nasty.


5 posted on 11/10/2010 11:03:54 AM PST by sappy (criminalibs)
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To: inflorida
Meanwhile, the Coast Guard wants to keep the ship's location a secret for “security reasons”. How odd is that?
6 posted on 11/10/2010 11:04:01 AM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: inflorida

I read that there have been two suicides off that ship from previous cruises, both of them jumping overboard. The ship is cursed. Its evil, EVIL!


7 posted on 11/10/2010 11:04:49 AM PST by HerrBlucher (Defund, repeal, investigate, impeach, convict, jail, celebrate.)
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To: inflorida
The Reagan is supposed to be on site...Tie a line to that and water ski it back...

Mike

8 posted on 11/10/2010 11:05:42 AM PST by MichaelP (It's a start!!!)
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To: the invisib1e hand
Sure seems to be taking a long time to tow a ship in.

Well it does displace 130,000 tons. Plus passengers.

9 posted on 11/10/2010 11:06:15 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: inflorida

The Mexican authorities stated that with their state of the art tugboat, the cruise liner would arrive in San Diego in just under 7 years which would include the time necessary to have the boat painted to look like a zebra.


10 posted on 11/10/2010 11:07:14 AM PST by Cyman
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To: the invisib1e hand

Sounds like metaphor for our economy, kinda limping along w/QE 2 (2nd tug) failing also.


11 posted on 11/10/2010 11:08:10 AM PST by all_mighty_dollar
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To: Non-Sequitur

They should just declare this cruise a deluxe weight loss program or something - Diet At Sea!


12 posted on 11/10/2010 11:08:18 AM PST by Argus
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To: Non-Sequitur

Carnival is such garbage. The cruise ships pay zero taxes, tear up reefs, purge their tanks of oil and waste. They suck. I would take the oil industry over cruise ships any day of the week.


13 posted on 11/10/2010 11:09:15 AM PST by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: inflorida

Oh, boo-hoo! I flew in the Navy for twnety years. The inflight meal never changed: One fried chicken wing; one spam and cheese sandwich on Wonder Bread; one hard-boiled egg; a bruised piece of fruit; two chicklets; a granola bar. If you were lucky, also a juice box.


14 posted on 11/10/2010 11:09:27 AM PST by pabianice
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To: inflorida

Some carnival.


15 posted on 11/10/2010 11:10:19 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Your next chance like this? About 2044. Vote popularity and don't waste time with the details.)
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To: DoughtyOne
Coast Guard Petty Officer Jetta Disco ...

I can't get past this name.

16 posted on 11/10/2010 11:11:31 AM PST by angcat (DEAR GOD PLEASE SAVE OUR COUNTRY!)
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To: inflorida

Thats the best they can do? Pop Tarts, Cold Span and crabmeat? And the bars are closed? What unimaginable BS,,, It should be open bar.

What about Some Doritos, goldfish crackers? A few sling loads on a CH-53 could give them all the loaves of bread, mustard and canned hams they could want.

And cases and cases of Rum and coke. Beer is nice, but just too bulky.


17 posted on 11/10/2010 11:12:09 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: inflorida

As a BM on the USS Peleliu, I personally hated when they switched from the nice, thick synthetic fiber lines to those Kevlar ones.


18 posted on 11/10/2010 11:12:13 AM PST by RandallFlagg (Let this chant follow BHO everywhere he goes: "You lie. You lie. You lie.")
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To: DoughtyOne
Some carnival.

Hey, that gives me an idea. Do you think people will pay to for a ride at the carnival that just sits there?

19 posted on 11/10/2010 11:12:17 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (every bad idea once seemed good to someone.)
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To: inflorida

There is good potential for a horror movie here; i.e. the ship is towed into the fog and then the Zombies attack.


20 posted on 11/10/2010 11:12:22 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: inflorida

And you cant even sit out on the upper deck? Control freaks,,,


21 posted on 11/10/2010 11:13:17 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Non-Sequitur

How about part ownership of the company... bet someone’s been on the phone to some hungry lawyer...


22 posted on 11/10/2010 11:13:25 AM PST by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: inflorida
and emergency lighting from the hallways.

Unless the lights are tied to a generator, ones in buildings usually don't last for more than a couple of hours. I can't imagine the ones on the ship are set up any differently - they are just there to get you off the ship if it catches fire or runs into an iceberg.

This trip would go a lot faster if they were to break out the big oars.

23 posted on 11/10/2010 11:14:15 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Dems' response to 11/2: Do not go gentle into that new day,Rage,rage against the coming of the dawn!)
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To: DesertRhino
And the bars are closed? What unimaginable BS,,, It should be open bar.

I bet the folks who hid liquor in their suitcases are pretty popular right now.

24 posted on 11/10/2010 11:16:11 AM PST by inflorida
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To: BenLurkin
Meanwhile, the Coast Guard wants to keep the ship's location a secret for “security reasons”. How odd is that?

I hadn't heard that, but it makes some sense. They're a sitting duck for a boat-bomb, like hit the USS Cole. The exact location of the ship isn't really important as part of the story, beyond just the general vicinity, so may as well keep it confidential.

25 posted on 11/10/2010 11:16:54 AM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: inflorida
Passengers were being entertained with acoustic music, board games, dancing, trivia contests and even a scavenger hunt for children, Gulliksen said.

After so long stuck on the boat with nothing to do, were any of the parents all that eager to find them?

26 posted on 11/10/2010 11:17:44 AM PST by Haiku Guy (Anything not about elephants is irrelephant.)
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To: inflorida

Mmmm. Spam and Pop Tarts.

I’m surprised they didn’t drop a bunch of MRE’s.


27 posted on 11/10/2010 11:18:20 AM PST by SandyInSeattle (When life gives you lemons, throw them back and demand chocolate.)
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To: sappy; BenLurkin

They should at least drop in some MRE’s............


28 posted on 11/10/2010 11:19:16 AM PST by Red Badger (The House finally fell on Nancy Pelosi..........)
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To: BenLurkin
Meanwhile, the Coast Guard wants to keep the ship's location a secret for “security reasons”. How odd is that?

Somali pirates lurk on FR.

29 posted on 11/10/2010 11:19:17 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: angcat

Pretty good alright. ;^)


30 posted on 11/10/2010 11:19:34 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Your next chance like this? About 2044. Vote popularity and don't waste time with the details.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

I doubt it. Especially on the food these folks are getting.

Carnival is going to take a hit on this...


31 posted on 11/10/2010 11:20:49 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Your next chance like this? About 2044. Vote popularity and don't waste time with the details.)
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To: Red Badger

Ha! Great minds.


32 posted on 11/10/2010 11:21:25 AM PST by SandyInSeattle (When life gives you lemons, throw them back and demand chocolate.)
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33 posted on 11/10/2010 11:22:07 AM PST by iowamark
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To: pabianice

You were apparently not treated to Army MRE “food” affectionately known as the “four fingers of death” and “wild turkey surprise.” The freeze-dried brick labeled as a “pork patty” was also entertaining, but not as food.


34 posted on 11/10/2010 11:22:31 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: DesertRhino

They have more than enough booze on board, they just closed the bars. Guess they don’t want passengers getting belligerent.


35 posted on 11/10/2010 11:23:04 AM PST by Second Amendment First ("Stripping motivated people of their dignity and rubbing their noses in it is a very bad idea.")
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To: Frantzie

>>Carnival is such garbage. The cruise ships pay zero taxes, tear up reefs, purge their tanks of oil and waste. They suck. I would take the oil industry over cruise ships any day of the week.<<

Man, did you wake up grumpy!


36 posted on 11/10/2010 11:23:35 AM PST by B4Ranch (Conflict is inevitable; Combat is an option. Train for the fight.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Zombies? Hell, they locked up the liquor so the passengers won’t kill the crew!...........


37 posted on 11/10/2010 11:23:39 AM PST by Red Badger (The House finally fell on Nancy Pelosi..........)
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To: Non-Sequitur

I hope they can sell the vouchers on eBay or somewhere. take the money and run


38 posted on 11/10/2010 11:23:39 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: Non-Sequitur
Let me guess. Carnival will give each passenger a voucher good for another cruise?

Many years ago my mother and her sister were on a cruise ship that had a similar problem down in the Caribbean. It took two days to tow them back into port in one of the islands where they were put up in a hotel. They then got air fair back to Ft. Lauderdale, a total refund for that cruise, and a voucher for a future cruise.

BTW. She said they had a lot of fun anyway but thankfully, the seas were calm so they were in no real danger.

39 posted on 11/10/2010 11:23:48 AM PST by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Time to Clean House.)
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To: Haiku Guy

LOL... good one. If it’s a scavenger hunt for children do you just keep whichever ones you find?


40 posted on 11/10/2010 11:23:54 AM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: DesertRhino

the Navy could drop them some turkeys. OH, never mind. LOL


41 posted on 11/10/2010 11:25:56 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: DesertRhino

P!ssed off, hungry AND drunk???!

Not a good combination....


42 posted on 11/10/2010 11:26:15 AM PST by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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Just saw this message over on cruisecritic:

I just received a call from my wife who is on the ship. She said "This is a cruise from HELL!"

So for those of you that would rather be there, than at work, you need to throw away your crack pipes.

She said there is no light in her cabin, toilet only got restored yesterday and stinks beyond belief. People are hoarding food, taking platefuls.

The one tug that was pulling them just lost an engine, so they are going even slower.

She had no idea that we knew everything that was going on regarding the USS Reagan, tugs, etc.

I would have asked more but she needs to conserve her cell battery because there is no where to plug in for power.

43 posted on 11/10/2010 11:26:39 AM PST by inflorida
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To: Non-Sequitur
Plus passengers.

Can't they get out and push?

44 posted on 11/10/2010 11:29:48 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Pablo lives jubtabulously!)
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To: Frantzie
Carnival is such garbage. The cruise ships pay zero taxes, tear up reefs, purge their tanks of oil and waste. They suck. I would take the oil industry over cruise ships any day of the week.

Where did you get this info from??
45 posted on 11/10/2010 11:29:57 AM PST by ANKE69 (German Conservative and proud of it!!!)
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To: Ramius
“a sitting duck for a boat-bomb”

I suppose so, but is there any reason to believe there are boat bombers off the coast of San Diego?

46 posted on 11/10/2010 11:31:43 AM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: inflorida

My wife and I took this exact same cruise on the Splendor in October 2009. My daughter and her husband went on the same cruise just this September.

We had a GREAT time and so did my daughter. The crew was very friendly and accommodating and the food at the formal dinners was fantastic but the buffets were “pretty good”. We had quite the experience on our cruise as we were due to sail as a hurricane was bearing down on the west coast of Mexico. We had a pretty bumpy ride at first and they substituted Mazatlan for Ensinada in order to allow the hurricane to pass through the Mazatlan area. Not a very good trade!

With that said, now that I have been on a Carnival and a Royal Caribbean cruise, I would choose the RC cruise but I wouldn’t turn down a Carnival cruise if the opportunity presented itself.


47 posted on 11/10/2010 11:32:17 AM PST by copaliscrossing (Progressives are Socialists)
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To: sappy
canned crabmeat and spam

I am sure they got some Government cheese too.

48 posted on 11/10/2010 11:32:46 AM PST by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President. He's shovel ready!)
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To: MichaelP
The Reagan is supposed to be on site...

The USS Ronald Reagan has been the supply line for this disabled cruise liner....last night on "couric"...she just could not bring herself to say "Ronald Reagan"...it was "an aircraft carrier is helping with relief".....

(yeh, I know...I was just walking buy a tv in a store at the time...no way will I have couric on at home)

49 posted on 11/10/2010 11:32:46 AM PST by OBXWanderer
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To: antiRepublicrat

I always keep some MRE’s around the house, they’re pretty tasty! Maybe they’ve improved recently, or maybe I got the NAVY ones :)


50 posted on 11/10/2010 11:34:12 AM PST by shorty_harris
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