A fire in the engine room of the Carnival Splendor cruise ship stranded an estimated 3,300 passengers last evening (Monday, Nov. 8). The crew was unable to get the ship in working order. The fire left the passengers without basic needs such as air conditioning and food. In fact, the fire left such a mess that the Carnival Line has advised passengers they will get a full refund and a free cruise in the future. I wonder, who will want a free cruise?
Chris Morgan has posted an article on “The Consumerist” titled “Carnival Cruise Ship Stranded Off Mexico Coast After Fire.” The ship, as the article relates, is stuck about 200 miles southwest of San Diego.
I am familiar with cruises. I will never take another one.
I took a cruise on the Norwegian Line Cruise several years ago to Florida ports and the Bahamas. First I was seasick a large part of the time. They had pills to give me, but they really didn’t help much. Part of the problem was that we hit bad weather constantly. I didn’t understand why the ship did so poorly in rough weather. It was very scary. For a large part of the trip, I simply stayed inside my room feeling ill and being fearful of the way the ship was being tossed about. I would never have considered going on the deck. It is possible to fall off. Part of the problem was the fact the ship I was on was very small. However, I felt they should have told me prior to the “cruise” that smaller ships would have a problem with weather.
While not part of the cruise per se, even the ports in the Bahamas were not fun. People meet the members of the cruise with a lot of attempts at selling things and pestering you. Once again, I was not prepared by the company for this.
There have been many times that cruise ships have had problems, as I link to on the Law Blog. It should be remembered that, unlike a plane, a ship is isolated for a long period of time. In other words, for awhile, the ship becomes a city. In this city, there can be criminals and people who have mental problems.
People have been lost at sea and the really scary thing is if there is a problem, there is no immediate help.
If we look at the problem that occurred on the Carnival Cruise Line, we see that 200 tugboats are on their way to take care of these people who have been without food among other things.
A simple trip becomes dangerous; no thanks!
The Consumerist Website, Chris Morgan, “Carnival Cruise Ship Stranded Off Mexico Coast After Fire”
You Tube Website, “Fire Breaks Out Aboard Carnival Cruise Ship”
Cruise Ship Law Blog, “Mysterious Disappearances On Cruise Ships”