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The real disaster is that passengers are unlikely to have much recourse.
The "real disaster is that they have no real recourse against Carnival"? Really? What recourse should they have? They get their money back, and credit toward a future cruise. They were inconvenienced and, yeah, it was yucky, but do we really need a bunch of lawsuits as "recourse"? I think they'll get over it without too much trouble. If they can't get over it, that's their problem.
I'm going on my 11 cruise first week in March. No one is forcing me to get on the ship. Or the airplane that is taking me to Florida and Belize for a week before the cruise. It's not good what happened, but since no one was injured I think the compensation received was adequate. I'd rather my cruise ship have a problem than my airplane, ever watch the show Airplane Disasters?
Our soldiers endure much worse conditions everyday. Get over it, you all lived.
This incident was not something that would have been easily avoided. Not like the one in Italy where it was clearly NOT and "accident".
Carnival Cruises will have to restore its reputation with its customers.It has been severely damaged by this incident.Needless to say but the United States Government does have a responsibility to make certain that foreign flagged vessels sailing from American ports comply fully with US Coast Guard regulations.Cruise ship passengers need to understand that they are taking a risk when they board a cruise ship just like getting on board an airliner.One thing that was shown was the difficulty evacuating the ship.If the Triumph was in danger of sinking,how long it would take for passengers and crew in lifeboats be plucked out the the Gulf of Mexico.This disaster could have been much worse.
We were planning another cruise but after seeing how the cruise line handled this, we have decided not to take the cruise. The author of this article says it is hard to take off 4000 passengers. Well every day the ship stops at a port and 4000 passengers disembark and embark. No big deal. I think a ship should have been sent to pick up the stranded passengers.
Those saying 'Get over it' would likely be on the other side had they been on this horrible cruise.
Duh? Passengers get on/off easy AT port? No kidding. They use loading ramps, stairways, onto stable LAND! Why not just tell them to jump in water and swim?
Why didn't the cruise ship have an APU (auxiliary power unit)? Every commercial aircraft has an APU and it can power all the functions of the aircraft if there is a single or multiple engine failure. Seems like common sense to have a back-up power unit to be used in case of an emergency like this.
I've always been wary of using the term "frivolous lawsuit", until I read this article. The main thing this author is worried about is how much the passengers can sue for? Because the toilets were clogged? Cry me river. If you don't understand that any form of travel, including getting on a ship and sailing out into the middle of an ocean, carries some risks, you are probably too dumb to book a cruise for yourself. And I just took a cruise a week before the Carnival "tragedy".
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