Skip to comments.2nd tugboat fails, leaving 1 tugboat pulling crippled cruise ship to San Diego (Carnival cruise)
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.
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.
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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.
Let me guess. Carnival will give each passenger a voucher good for another cruise?
chicom engines in those tugs.
wow. what a situation to be in. canned crabmeat and spam tho? nasty.
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!
Well it does displace 130,000 tons. Plus passengers.
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.
Sounds like metaphor for our economy, kinda limping along w/QE 2 (2nd tug) failing also.
They should just declare this cruise a deluxe weight loss program or something - Diet At Sea!
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.
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.
I can't get past this name.
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.
As a BM on the USS Peleliu, I personally hated when they switched from the nice, thick synthetic fiber lines to those Kevlar ones.
Hey, that gives me an idea. Do you think people will pay to for a ride at the carnival that just sits there?
There is good potential for a horror movie here; i.e. the ship is towed into the fog and then the Zombies attack.
And you cant even sit out on the upper deck? Control freaks,,,
How about part ownership of the company... bet someone’s been on the phone to some hungry lawyer...
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.
I bet the folks who hid liquor in their suitcases are pretty popular right now.
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.
After so long stuck on the boat with nothing to do, were any of the parents all that eager to find them?
Mmmm. Spam and Pop Tarts.
I’m surprised they didn’t drop a bunch of MRE’s.
They should at least drop in some MRE’s............
Somali pirates lurk on FR.
Pretty good alright. ;^)
I doubt it. Especially on the food these folks are getting.
Carnival is going to take a hit on this...
Ha! Great minds.
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.
They have more than enough booze on board, they just closed the bars. Guess they don’t want passengers getting belligerent.
>>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!
Zombies? Hell, they locked up the liquor so the passengers won’t kill the crew!...........
I hope they can sell the vouchers on eBay or somewhere. take the money and run
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.
LOL... good one. If it’s a scavenger hunt for children do you just keep whichever ones you find?
the Navy could drop them some turkeys. OH, never mind. LOL
P!ssed off, hungry AND drunk???!
Not a good combination....
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.
Can't they get out and push?
I suppose so, but is there any reason to believe there are boat bombers off the coast of San Diego?
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.
I am sure they got some Government cheese too.
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)
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 :)