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1 aagcobb  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 5:12:06am

My wife and her friend are hoping that a lot of people change their vacation plans so they can get a really good deal on a cruise in July.

2 lawhawk  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 5:54:37am

There’s very little that the IMO can do that would improve conditions on board ships should they lose power. Their recommendations don’t come with the kind of enforcement powers we associate with the Coast Guard (which itself is woefully undermanned and can’t conduct much more than annual surveys on board the cruise ship plus their initial certification).

The problem isn’t just confined to Triumph, or even the Triumph class of cruise ships. Fire at sea is an all-too-common situation, and quite a few ships across all cruise lines (including those that aren’t Carnival-owned lines) have lost power for sustained periods of time. Backup systems apparently can’t handle the kind of load necessary to run vital public health systems (plumbing, ac, etc.) That has to change, and that’s going to cost a whole lot of money to a cruise industry that thrives due to subpar compensation to its workers, working ships to within an inch of their existence, and doing everything possible to keep the boats in service even after public health incidents (norovirus outbreaks) that could continue into the next cruise because there’s really no way to properly clean the ships thoroughly if they’re already taking on passengers for the next cruise within hours of the end of the prior cruise.

I’m waiting for the National Parks Service (or an amusement park) to hit back at Carnival’s current ad campaign showing how smooth their park experiences can be compared to the Carnival Triumph one.

Thing to remember is that when a cruise goes okay, it’s one thing, but when a cruise ship has problems, things can go wrong in a real hurry and cause huge problems.

Carnival’s hoping people have real short term memories, and that it wont affect bookings. They’re already hurting because of the Costa Concordia. This wont help them and their bottom line. I fully expect the lawsuits to come rolling in - especially now that they’re talking about $500 cash to passengers, which barely covers salary losses and other losses incurred by the extended time on board, plus the decrepit conditions.

3 Vicious Babushka  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 5:57:01am

A lot of the blame belongs to the bottom line business model that is all too common, where corners are cut on operations and safety measures in order to maximize profits.

4 Randall Gross  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 7:55:01am

Our last cruise experience was the worst of five, the crew was slapdash, lackadaisical, and worked to death. Because the ship was due to to be refurbed and the crew disbanded noboby gave a dam. I think that Carnival is on a race to update/upgrade their ships and I could speculate that they are deferring maintenance on many ships until refurb dates.

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