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Carnival Triumph Tow Rope Breaks, Prolongs Passengers’ Misery
Consumerist ^

Posted on 02/14/2013 4:33:20 PM PST by SMGFan

The passengers of the Carnival Triumph (probably) never imagined that they’d get to extend their trip by several days. They certainly didn’t picture themselves living like 19th-century steerage passengers, if 19th-century steerage passengers had cans of Pringles and defecated in plastic bags.

The cruise ship, as you may recall, had an engine room fire on Sunday, stranding the ship in the Gulf of Mexico with minimal power, sanitation, and access to hot food. If the passengers of the Triumph needed anything, it was for their return to shore to be delayed even further. Naturally, earlier this afternoon the rope attaching the ship to the tugboat that’s bringing it to the port of Mobile. That held up the slow, slow voyage for about an hour until the rope could be repaired. Towing a giant ship is a slow process, and they’re due at the port of Mobile sometime between 10 p.m. and midnight. Passengers are now close enough to shore that they can wave signs at CNN’s helicopters and post to Twitter and Instagram.

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If they were sinking they would have been evacuated immediately. /s

Couldn't they have evacuated the 4,000 people earlier? Too costly? Not necessary?

1 posted on 02/14/2013 4:33:23 PM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

4,000 people? You’d probably need 5 or 6 good-sized ships. And no guarantee the conditions on those won’t become as bad.


2 posted on 02/14/2013 4:35:53 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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I’d bet that evacuation at sea would be quite dangerous and by the time it would take to set up a process to do it safely, they could be in port and off loaded.


3 posted on 02/14/2013 4:38:00 PM PST by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: SMGFan

I say we start a petition to send the First Family on a Carnival Cruise.


4 posted on 02/14/2013 4:39:13 PM PST by Walmartian (I'm their leader. Which way did they go?)
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To: 1rudeboy

They would have gotten better treatment if they had sunk like the Titanic. I assume there would be enough lifeboats for everyone and therefoe they could use them to transfer to other rescue ships. Or do a transfer of passengers at sea.


5 posted on 02/14/2013 4:41:43 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: SMGFan

I can’t imagine anything that could wrong when evacuating 4000 geriatrics and drunk slops from one ship to another in 10 foot seas.


6 posted on 02/14/2013 4:42:01 PM PST by OKRA2012
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these things should come with oars, imagine 3,400 passengers and 1,000 crew members rowing.....

“Row, Row, Row your boat...”


7 posted on 02/14/2013 4:42:07 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SMGFan

These passengers are going to have a great story to tell, they are going to get a refund, they will almost certainly get a free cruise voucher and who knows what other freebies from Carnival, many will be on TV, some will write books, a few will find a way to get a realityTV gig out of it, etc. I just don’t buy that this is all that harrowing. The people are completely safe, the boat isn’t going to capsize. It’s a big adventure!


8 posted on 02/14/2013 4:43:25 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: SMGFan

I understand that although ICKY , this isn’t an emergency ,, as to why the slow response ,, I believe the ship is Bahamian flagged , call Nassau and complain to someone there.. not a USA problem. At least they didn’t run this one aground and kill people... although I fail to see how they couldn’t make temporary repairs and get SOME of the engines running...


9 posted on 02/14/2013 4:45:51 PM PST by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I'm just amused.)
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To: SMGFan

I can’t even imagine what a place like that becomes as a disease-plagued, sewage-laden, crime-riddled SHTF hellhole becomes, when everything goes wrong. The SuperDome in NOLA during Katrina quickly comes to mind. No one’s fully-prepared for the desperation which quickly comes, and a rescue seems to take forever.

Reason #1 why I’ve never gone on one.


10 posted on 02/14/2013 4:46:25 PM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s Are The 21st Century's Muskets. Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!)
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To: Longbow1969

You’re too realistic.
That doesn’t fit in with the MSM hype.

CNN seems to think this is because the ship employs foreign nationals.

Could you imagine the costs/quality of cruises if they were manned by unionized US employees?


11 posted on 02/14/2013 4:47:00 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: SMGFan

I found a FREE set of tickets for a Carnival Caribbean Cruise in the mail last night LOL

I dropped them in the trash.
Bon voyage “Poop Sloop”!!! LOL


12 posted on 02/14/2013 4:47:48 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Longbow1969

Good idea for a tv show. Call it Survivor. (nevermind)


13 posted on 02/14/2013 4:48:04 PM PST by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: NativeSon
I’d bet that evacuation at sea would be quite dangerous and by the time it would take to set up a process to do it safely, they could be in port and off loaded.

My wife asked the same question and I reminded her. We have been on quite a few cruise ships. I said look at the people. Now Carnival generally has a younger population but I would imagine that 20% of the guests use canes, walkers, and electric chairs. How do they get these people off the ship and onto another one. That would be extremely difficult to handle, even into the lifeboats and then to the other ship. Of course they do not need ladders to get on the other ship but they still have to dock at the tendering door(s) and in the open sea that can be rough.

14 posted on 02/14/2013 4:48:29 PM PST by ProudFossil (" I never did give anyone hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell." Harry Truman)
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To: Longbow1969

Without power it’s bound to be really nasty ,, toilets (vacuum operated) don’t flush , no air movement (portholes generally don’t open) , no power to cook whatever food didn’t spoil (most food is fresh/refrigerated loaded at departure time) ,, even for juice/water there is no power to desalinate and make water or operate any of the cafeteria equipment ...


15 posted on 02/14/2013 4:49:50 PM PST by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I'm just amused.)
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To: Ciexyz

The Carpathia picked up 700-plus Titanic survivors from their lifeboats in a matter of hours. Four or five hours, and those boats were scattered over a big stretch of water. After the fact, the Captain was given the option of doing a transfer at sea to a larger ship and he declined, saying it would be too traumatic for the survivors. But it would have been possible.


16 posted on 02/14/2013 4:50:16 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: carriage_hill
Remember during Winter storms, etc passengers were let on the airport tarmacs in bad conditions for hours. Instead of returning to the terminal.

Not a fun cruise. Worse than being in Hudson County w/o power for a week after Sandy.

17 posted on 02/14/2013 4:51:40 PM PST by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: carriage_hill

No one’s fully-prepared for the desperation which quickly comes
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I’d commandeer some rum from one of the duty free shops , tell them to charge my room and relax ,, not much else to do...


18 posted on 02/14/2013 4:52:55 PM PST by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I'm just amused.)
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I heard they were reduced to making onion sandwiches.
No liverwurst no mustard, Nothin!


19 posted on 02/14/2013 4:54:06 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: carriage_hill

Seems like these people would understand that we now have airplanes that will take them from point A to point B and without having to tromp through raw sewage and get you to your destination in a couple of hours.


20 posted on 02/14/2013 4:54:46 PM PST by OKRA2012
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