Ok, I admit that I have never been on a cruise other than in a boat on Deep Creek or a short casino cruise off of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Wait, I take that back. I did a dolphin sight-seeing cruise with the family once and my wife did our darnest to hold down lunch. The kids loved it and ate ice-cream to boot but when that boat started rocking, the green looks started popping.
Anyway. Seems that cruises these days are quite popular. Take the family and dress up. Lots to do on the ship and all the booze you can partake it. Whats not to like right? Well lets ask Carnival. They are up to three incidences this year with the latest being today. Of course we are all aware of the partial sinking a Carnival vessel had last year that actually took quite a few lives and everyone marveled at a modern maritime sinking. Brought the whole Titanic thing back to life again for a few days for sure.
Fast forward to a month ago where Carnival had an ocean liner actually catch fire and go “dead” in the water in the Gulf of Mexico. Now, I have done a little research on these babies and fire is the biggest fear on ships at sea by far. Yea, go figure. I would be worried about sinking too but it does seem that sinking is an extremely rare event these days. Fire? No so much.
What an adventure that must have been. Think about that for a second and consider the smell of no working toilets or running water on a boat that holds several thousand people. Every heard the words “explosive diarrhea?” But they were passing out free booze and that had to help right? Then again, free booze and no working toilets probably provided for a whole lot of over the side tinkles. What a sight that must have been.
The incident today at least occurred at port where folks could simply walk off the broken boat. Of course Carnival has to explain away another “incident” and obviously has lots of dough to refund and airplane rides to buy. Everyone gets invited back though with lots of promises of a better ride next time. These things just don’t happen often they say. Well, for my money, three in one year is no longer just an accident. It’s a bloody trend.
Me on a cruise? Yea, I’m not that fond of being digestively explosive. No thank you.