Yet Another Carnival Ship
is adrift at sea
“Houston we have a problem” can also now be a hailing sign for Carnival Cruise Lines, especially to those in the Texas port of Galveston. As the Carnival Cruise ship Triumph (which set sail Feb 7th, and was due back on the 11th to and from its home portage of Galveston) flounders off the Mexican coast, adrift after a reported engine room fire crippled the ship early on Sunday leaving 3,143 passengers stranded without power, air conditioning, and running water. It has even been reported to several news agencies and to and from loved ones on-board the stricken ship, of backed up sewage running down walls, and urine soaked carpets in the staterooms have forced passengers to vacate their staterooms, not to mention the horrid foul stench that has engulfed the ship.
Despite relief efforts with food and supplies being brought to the ship, there are also reports of waiting in lines four hours long, just to get a hamburger, and there are even reports of fights breaking out on-board over food, and passengers acting like savages.
I am sorry, but it is seems clear to me for the need to speak out about this the third such incident to occur to Carnival passengers in only the last few years. Certainly most everyone remembers the November 2010 engine room fire aboard the Carnival Splendor which was adrift for several days off the coast of Mexico, then less than a year ago was the Carnival owned Costa Allegra which similarly was adrift in the Indian Ocean after an engine room fire had occurred. As a travel insider I was just reading last week where Carnival was experiencing record level bookings, which that alone was laudable certainly in just the connection to the most horrible incident in January of 2012 of the Costa Concordia capsizing accident which resulted in more than 30 lives lost, and again such cruise line is actually owned by Carnival.
It seems blazingly apparent to me that Carnival is placing profits over passenger safety and comfort. There are only so many reasons that a fire (one of the most dangerous hazards at sea) really occurs. Whether the findings are faulty (or outdated) equipment, failure to have adequate training (or a lack of proper response)in engine room operations, or a failure of adequate supervision or insight; Carnival has dropped the ball when it comes to doing everything necessary to operate safe and efficient ships. Initially with respect to this most recent incident Carnival is saying the cause was a fuel line leak in the No.6 generator. Wonder when that fuel line was last worked on or replaced?
I have booked clients on Carnival owned cruise ships for many years, even groups in the past. However, I can no longer in good conscience subject my customers to such inconvenience and even potential harmful experiences. I think it is time for my fellow colleagues and the American Cruising public alike to draw a line in the sand when it comes to what Carnival is doing. It’s time we start speaking out. In light of so many of these ships that are getting older, why isn’t more attention given to equipment condition and passenger safety. Each time one of these incidents has happened, (including with this most recent event) they (Carnival) have promised to rectify the deficiencies and learn from them, but that is obviously just not the case. It seems that Carnival must be doing something differently than the other cruise lines to be running into so much misfortune. These older ships need longer off times to be sure that safety inspections are thorough enough and are being taken more seriously.
While I feel it possible that you can have such an incident occur once, maybe even twice, but excuse me – three times! It’s just not possible for one cruise line to have happen to them and not be held responsible for more than just fare refunds, and future cruise credits. Until I am convinced Carnival has made changes and taken steps to avoid such dangerous situations I just can’t feel comfortable in putting myself or passengers aboard Carnival.-CruisewithMike
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