Triumph passenger: Cruise not so bad

Stranded customers are adding some perspective after the disabled liner finally reaches port.

By Jason Notte Feb 15, 2013 5:05PM
The Carnival Triumph cruise ship is towed towards the dock as spectators watch at the port of Mobile, Alabama on February 14, 2013 (Lyle Ratliff/Newscom/Reuters)The floating privy and vomitorium known as the disabled Carnival (CCL) Triumph cruise ship finally docked late Thursday night in Alabama after four days in the Gulf of Mexico with overflowing toilets and dwindling food supplies.

The reports from the ship's more than 4,000 passengers, however, are a bit more measured than early dispatches from a ship so hobbled that it will be taken out of service for 12 more cruises. When CNN's Martin Savidge interviewed passenger Rob Kenny and compared conditions on the boat to those experienced in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Kenny was quick to draw the distinction.

"Well, let's put that in perspective,” he said. “Katrina was a major a devastation. We're out on a freaking cruise ship, and just out here having a good time. . . those are two different things."

It may have been gross, but the general opinion coming from folks aboard the Triumph was that a vacation cruise where the engines catch fire but nobody is starved, critically injured or dead afterward is still just a vacation cruise. A person claiming to be a Carnival Triumph passenger hosted an “Ask Me Anything” session Friday on Reddit and was asked if he'd ever go on a cruise again. His response:

“Yes, definitely! It really isn't nearly as bad as they're talking about. I actually had a good time.”

There were some minor caveats to that revelry, however. When asked where he went to the bathroom, his only responses were “sink” and “red bag.” He also noted that there were “some parts of the ship where sewage was leaking down the walls and from the ceiling.”

It wasn't all camaraderie and hedonistic revelry either. Apparently there was an open bar on the second day the boat was stranded, but a rush for booze put the kibosh on that pretty quickly. There were fights over long food lines and charging stations but, again, the passenger said, it wasn't nearly as bad as it sounded to the rest of the world.

“I saw a few people crying but honestly, without the dirtiness, it wouldn't be too bad. It was like camping on a cruise ship.”

That's not exactly what folks paid for, but considering the passenger's claim that customers will be getting a full refund and $500 per person -- before any potential lawsuits -- it could have been much worse.

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Feb 15, 2013 5:51PM

What the hell??  It's a boat on water, it should float and it did very well.  No one died. so you had to use a buckett.  What do you use when you go camping??  What would have happened if you were on an airplane and the engine stopped??  You would have a lot less to bitch about wouldn't you??

I'll take any of the free cruise trips Carnival gives away if you don't want to go on another Carnival. cruise

Feb 15, 2013 5:50PM

Finally a bit of information that hasn't gone throught he media spin mill,  and to start off with the comment "floating vomitorium" is exactly what i am talking about! Absolutly no need for that.

You journalists suck, you really do. I'm not generally so crude but I can''t think of anything more appropriate at the moment.

Feb 15, 2013 6:24PM
sorry those people were uncomfortable for a while, but come on, if that's the worst thing that happens to you in your life, then you're doing pretty good.  I'm sure there were a lot of people on the ill-fated airplanes on 9/11 that would gladly trade places with them.
Feb 15, 2013 6:38PM

NO wonder the rest of the world hates Americans ,we have a mechanical failure on a cruise ship and act like its the end of the world,most people don't know how good we have it in the USA, BOO-HOO




Feb 15, 2013 6:58PM
There will be so many wanting to get paid big time for this s h i t.  I wonder if any of them have sued the car manufacturer when they were left stranded on the side of the road?  I doubt it.  Let's face it, too many Americans are waiting with their hands out wanting that freebie.  F'n low lifes.
Feb 15, 2013 6:30PM
  Many will try to get what they can. It was an awful thing to have to go thru, they were there for vacation. The whining and crying over a situation that thousands came thru with no deaths, no injuries directly from the incident, is an embarrassment. Making the best of a bad situation is no longer possible if some think an attorney be able to get a few extra bucks. I will continue to cruise, I feel I get good value for my buck Many praised the employees whom I have always been impressed with. 
Feb 15, 2013 5:53PM

maybe if they stopped eating all that heavy cruise ship food they wouldn't have had to Shitt so much as for pissing the guys could piss over the side of the ship real easy

Feb 15, 2013 7:03PM
he is one of the smart ones; he realizes **** happens and also thank the captain didn't sink the ship. To bad more of them are not as thankful.
Feb 15, 2013 7:33PM
It's so easy to be the "arm chair quarterback", however, I can relate to something similiar, although on an airplane as a crew member.  There was a mechanical, the passengers were boarded anyway after clearing customs, hours went by, we ran out of ice, food, soda, drinks, still the station manager would not allow the pax to deplane and go inside the terminal.  We toughed it out until about the 4th hour....finally we were allowed to wait inside the terminal (of course this meant rechecking everyone back in again),   Yes, we were all hot, the pax were feed, cared for as best we could where we were.  No one was injured, died, was tortured, was hijacked, no one became critically ill.  BUT oh my, complaints started like wildfires, "we'll sue your ### airline", "worst service ever", etc.  If people would just take time out from their "it's all about ME" and help other passengers or crew, keep their cool and decorum, but screaming and, threatening crew members, and then defacing the ship (writing on sheets and towels) looting, etc, just shows the worst in humanity.  After all, it's all about the ME mentality!  It frankly does not surprize me.  Sad.
Feb 15, 2013 6:59PM
"You journalists suck, you really do. I'm not generally so crude but I can''t think of anything more appropriate at the moment."

I totally agree with you.
Feb 15, 2013 7:59PM
Thank you sir for calling out the media's constant attempt to sensationalize news stories like comparing this event to a devastating hurricane.  Bravo for standing up to CNN and the rest of the major news vultures.
Feb 15, 2013 7:13PM

I'm hoping it drops the price of a cruise low enough to where i can take one.

I'll bring my own bucket- beats going to work any day

Feb 15, 2013 8:22PM
After the fire on the Carnival ship in the pacific, there were reports that the passengers were starving, etc. which was a big media spin, and many passengers reported it was very overplayed.  Due to the media frenzy, San Diego lost the cruise ship terminal and it subsequently was moved to Long Beach.  I assume the lost revenue and tourism for San Diego was a big blow.  Some people act like a situation like that was the end of the world.  I say no, the end of the world is when you die or your child dies.  Did that happen?  NO!  Your PLANE did not crash so go on and enjoy your life.  Your are not going to get a big law suite settlement so quit crying.  If you don't want the free cruise, don't take it.  It is a gift, a gesture of goodwill.  They don't owe you anything.  If you don't believe us, read your contract.  If this had happened on a plane, you would not have had a complaint, you would have disappeared under the waves, so say a prayer of thanks, and kiss your kids.
Feb 15, 2013 8:41PM
I bet the dock was swarming with lawyers waiting for the ship to arrive just as a group of vultures swarm down on a fresh made road kill. I'm sure that a few passengers will all of a sudden catch the "emotional distress" virus that is normally spread by personal injury attorneys.
Feb 15, 2013 7:03PM
Please see the actual definition of vomitorium - you would think that a "journalist" would actually check the meaning of a word (especially if he does not know the proper meaning/usage of the word) prior to posting it where thousands of people would read this "article".   This is a shining example of people calling themselves journalists when they have no business doing so.   Go back to your high school journalism class Mr. Notte and lean a basic lesson - look up a word in the dictionary if you don't know what it means.   By the way - a vomitorium (Roman in origin)  is a wide aisle in a theater where large crowds can exit - quickly if necessary. 
Feb 16, 2013 11:41AM
CNN is an absolute joke when it comes down to reporting the news...or actually, anything.  Martin Savidge and Wolf
Feb 15, 2013 8:33PM
I'll take the free cruise anytime.  As a matter of fact we're going on a 28 day Carvival cruise in the fall.  What about the people who have been stranded in the snow and almost froze to death or caught in a avalanche on a ski slope. Life is full of surprises.  If you are going to whine every time something happens stay home and hope no one breaks into your house.
Feb 15, 2013 8:41PM
Boo Hoo got lemons make lemonade.   At least they could afford a cruise.    @%#& happens, there are many things that can go wrong in life no matter where you are.   Lesson learned drive to your departure port and take a survival suit case.
Feb 15, 2013 7:34PM
did they never have a car brake down things happen
Feb 15, 2013 8:04PM
I've made a few comments on earlier stories where I said it seemed to me the persons being quoted are only those who've never had to handle any kind of adversity.  Of course, I wasn't there and our we'll-only-tell-you-what's-sensational media wasn't printing a single "not so bad" statement while it was going on, so I couldn't be conclusive.  Now I can: what a bunch of crybabies!
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