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Carnival Becoming A Circus As Another Cruise Ship Suffers "Power Outages, Overflowing Toilets"

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While "this time may be different" for the centrally-planned stock market, every historic example of subsequent ruin notwithstanding, the very recent past is again hitting Carnival Cruise Lines with a vengeance, as one short month after its disabled Triump cruise ship fiasco, in which passengers were trapped on board a filthy ship for five days, the cruise company is forced to suffer through a very humiliating case of deja vu.

Reuters reports, "A Carnival Cruise Lines ship was stuck at port in St. Maarten in the Caribbean on Thursday with equipment trouble, a month after another Carnival vessel was disabled in the Gulf of Mexico by a fire, trapping thousands of passengers for nearly five days. The captain of the Carnival Dream reported a problem with the emergency diesel generator, which controls the ship's propulsion, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said. "Right now the passengers are being kept on board the ship for accountability reasons," Doss said. "They were scheduled to leave today so the captain has decided to have everybody remain on board at this time. CNN reported that passengers aboard the Carnival Dream had contacted the cable news channel complaining of power outages and overflowing toilets, tales reminiscent of the troubles on the Carnival Triumph."

And to think the passengers could have just stayed home, opened their E-trade accounts, BTFD, and basked in the glow of the wealth effect, knowing full well at the current rate of Fed liquidity injections they could all soon afford their own private island.

AP has more:

A U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman in Miami told the Associated Press Thursday that Carnival Dream's captain reported possible trouble with the ship's propulsion system. Petty Officer Sabrina Laberdesque said the ship has sewage and power and officials are working to correct the problems. She says the Coast Guard is not involved because the ship is moored.

 

Multiple passengers aboard the Carnival Dream told CNN.com of the unpleasant unfolding situation while docked in port at Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

 

"We are not allowed off of the boat despite the fact that we have no way to use the restrooms on board," Jonathan Evans of Reidsville, N.C., said in an email early Thursday. "The cruise director is giving passengers very limited information and tons of empty promises. What was supposed to take an hour has turned into seven-plus hours."

 

Gregg Stark, who is traveling aboard the 1,004-foot liner with his wife and two children, said “human waste” can be found on the floor of some of the ship’s bathrooms and some toilets have overflowed. The ship, which can accommodate up to 3,600 passengers and more than 1,300 crew members, also has mechanical issues.

 

"The elevators have not been working,” Stark told CNN. “They've been turning them on and off, on and off."

 

Ship officials announced over the liner’s public address system that they were trying to fix the problem and were working on the generators. A few hours later, another announcement was made, saying the problem was worse than expected, Stark said.

 

The Dream had been scheduled to leave port at about 5 p.m. ET Wednesday after sailing from Port Canaveral in Florida on Saturday.

At the current pace that Carnival is destroying its business model, pretty soon the only way the company remains viable is if it begins accepting payment with EBTs. Which, we are confident, both the administration and JPMorgan are well ahead of us in developing.

 


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Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:14 | Link to Comment Yellowhoard
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What a crappy cruise line.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:19 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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The "Love [Canal]" Boat

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:32 | Link to Comment SWRichmond
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The captain of the Carnival Dream reported a problem with the emergency diesel generator, which controls the ship's propulsion...

I, for one, would be very interested to know how the emergency diesel generator controls the ship's propulsion.  If the emergency diesel generator were running all the time, and thus relied upon to "control propulsion", it wouldn't really be an "emergency" generator, now would it?  And since vital electrical buses NEVER have only one source of power, one can assume that the bus is powered from the diesel generator only when normal power sources are unavailable.  On the other hand, if there were certain components of the propulsion control system which were powered from the emergency (vital) electrical bus, then that might make some sense.  But then, if the emergency bus, which should normally get its power from normal ship's power systems (and only get power from the emergency generator under...emergencies), needs to be powered from an emergency generator, then there likely ARE problems with other shipboard power systems, and this whole thing makes more sense.

Lying their assess off, they are.

Business relationships should never begin with an insult.  When companies tell bullshit stories, they are insulting us.  The media helps them get away with it.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:57 | Link to Comment camaro68ss
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Bring a whole new meaning to "poop deck"

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:06 | Link to Comment TerminalDebt
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Its "emergency" because carnival ships are made to only move in emergencies. They are designed to float aimlessly at sea, with no food or running water.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 14:06 | Link to Comment nugjuice
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Meh, Carnival's not that bad. It serves its purpose. If you're under 30 and single there's no better cheap party boat. I've been on 2 Carnival cruises and hooked up at least half a dozen attractive (and drunk) girls. I even managed a tug job from one of their 'masseuses' while there was only a small room divider separating us from some middle-aged women getting their hair did.

But if you're over 30, or not single, splurge the extra couple hundred bucks and go on Royal Caribbean...where people are only slightly less disgusting

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 15:22 | Link to Comment eddymunster
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Was the "tug" boat captain's name Steven?

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:12 | Link to Comment LFMayor
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I'm going to wager a lot of these larger boats are diesel/electic drive line.   The shafts (via a reduction gear system) are rotated by electric motors, more than likely powered by a gas turbine/generator for normal operation.  The diesel is the backup electric generator and more than likely will not be able to carry the full bus load of the ships entire electric needs, engineering (steering, making way) will have priority over power to the casino or the HVAC system in a pinch.  

Steam powered boiler/turbine systems are complex and more costly due to increased manpower and maintenance factors.  The USN was phasing out steam when I was a Machinist Mate, albiet that was a while back now.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:37 | Link to Comment NoDebt
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Makes you wonder what happened to the PRIMARY generator that they were running on the backup and then the backup failed leaving them utterly SOL.  Redundancy is nice, but when something breaks you still have to fix it before the backup also fails.

How many other Carnival ships have been running around on the high seas on "backup power" and for how long?

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 16:09 | Link to Comment TeamDepends
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Carnival attorneys:  "Well, it says "carnival" right there on the side of the ship.  What did you expect?"

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 17:27 | Link to Comment TeamDepends
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"Would you fly with Drunken Chimp Airways?  Deposit your money in Crazy Clown Bank?  We didn't think so.  Here is your complimentary Carnival coffee cup and there's the door, and come again!"

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 19:23 | Link to Comment StychoKiller
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TeamDepends FTW!! :>D

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 14:22 | Link to Comment Son of Loki
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This boat must be part of Carnival's "Dreamliner" series of ships:

 

Dreamliner battery redesign approved by FAA

 

But the FAA gave no indication of when the planes might be allowed to carry passengers again.

All 50 Dreamliners in operation were grounded after the batteries emitted smoke on several separate occasions.

 

 

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:19 | Link to Comment SoundMoney45
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I suspect the high voltage/power portions of the electrical power systems on these ships require routine maintenance, and that this routine maintenance requires said system to be shutdown.  As the ships are in port for only a few hours between cruises and are powered up, one is inclined to speculate that critical maintenance of high voltage/power systems has been deferred a bit too long.  Perhaps the CFO's spreadsheet was wrong after all. 

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:49 | Link to Comment Freddie
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Morons who take cruises sign their lives away.  You might as well take a one week vacation in prison.  You have as many rights and protection in jail then on these floating accidents waiting to happen.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 13:03 | Link to Comment cougar_w
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The company can lie to the media and do all the time, but the captain of the ship cannot lie to the Coast Guard. If as you say he claims they are on emergency power, then the truth is they are without power.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 19:36 | Link to Comment Freddie
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The Coast Guard?  They ran interference in the Gulf of Mexico for stunet oil platform and the cornext poison spewed into the ocean for months.   The Dutch or Norwegians could have fixed it in a week but were told to stay away. 

F O's Coast Guard.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 17:29 | Link to Comment El Oregonian
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Carnival Cruise Lines has more than serious toilet 'Outflow' problems... They're having a serious capital 'Outflow' problem...

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:40 | Link to Comment msmith9962
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They are about to launch a new ship too.. "Colostomy Bag of the Seas"

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 13:16 | Link to Comment Jena
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More like "Bedpan of the Seas".

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:21 | Link to Comment Popo
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Welcome to the party prison. 

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:41 | Link to Comment Silver Garbage Man
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Floating FEMA CAMP.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:03 | Link to Comment camaro68ss
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haha, you made me spit up my coffee.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:15 | Link to Comment Manthong
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Don’t laugh.. they’re going to want to find some use for those empty things in the post-new normal.

hmm.. Gulag Arcofcarnival?

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 13:05 | Link to Comment cougar_w
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Prison ships are a common fixture in history.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:47 | Link to Comment LedMizer
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Won't let them off the ship?  Seems passengers outnumber crew 3:1.  What's the problem here?

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:19 | Link to Comment Bicycle Repairman
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The passengers are unarmed.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:46 | Link to Comment Freddie
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Passengers are retards for being on a Carnival ship or really any cruise ship.  Carnival is Mickey Arinson and the other big one is the Priztkers aka friend of Obummber.  See a pattern there with these cruise lines?

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:27 | Link to Comment johngaltfla
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Think about this wonderful cruise as I love that island it is a blast.

 

On the Dutch side the street vendors sell cold Heiniken for a $1 a bottle to tourists while you shop and some pretty fun beach clubs at night.

 

On the French side topless Euro hotties, excellent food, great wine selections.

 

At port the Carnival customers get to shit in plastic bags and watch the fun everyone else is having.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 16:01 | Link to Comment Son of Loki
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The more I read about Carnival the more i think I'm giving my Mother-in-Law a free cruise ticket on Carnival for this summer.

 

What better way to say, "I love you too."

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:22 | Link to Comment zuuma
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Hopefully, the trapped passengers will react the same way that Brooklyn's apartment dwellers did during the "sandy" hurricane.

They'll crap & piss in the hallways, then return to their rooms.

There! Problem solved. I feel better!

During disasters, people are always awesome!

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=0f0_1351885174

http://forums.hannity.com/archive/index.php/t-2433987.html

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:29 | Link to Comment Sauk Leader
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Gardyloo!

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:23 | Link to Comment Bryan
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Aye.  Maybe Cap'n Crunch is piloting these boats.

 

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:32 | Link to Comment Lewshine
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Crappy cruise line? Not according to the stock price - The bigger these cruiseline disasters become the higher their stock value. So I ask you...Who really gives a shit??

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:40 | Link to Comment NoDebt
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The passengers.  Literally.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:16 | Link to Comment Freddie
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Who would be stupid enough to get on one of those.  Fools.  they probably sit at home being brainwashed by TV/Hollywood while shoving corncobs....

F Carnival and their Israeli owners.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 13:14 | Link to Comment ElvisDog
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Another example of why the "mega cruise ships catering to the middle class" is a dying business model. They can't raise prices because the middle class itself is being squeezed and doesn't have as much discretionary income as it used to. Meanwhile, their costs (particularly fuel and food costs) are going up. So, the only way they can stay in business and fill their ships is to cut other costs, primarily maintenance, refurbishment, and wages for their crew. Problem with that is the "cruise experience" for their passengers just gets crappier and crappier.

In the future, cruise ships will be relatively small and will cater to the wealthy. The middle class (what's left of it) won't be able to afford to go on cruises.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 13:37 | Link to Comment Freddie
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+1 Elvis

Same syndrome with Wal Mart.  Hope & Change has wrecked the middle class but Arinson and the Pritzkers are Obama type supporters. 

These ship have no maint, cruise really slow to save fuel, cut corners on everything else, make the morons who take cruise sign all their rights away.   There is also WAY too much capacity aka too many ships and not enough fools.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:18 | Link to Comment Buckaroo Banzai
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I guess this is what happens when you pack 5,000 people into a glorified floating sardine can. "What if we built a boat with an infrastructure sized for 2,000 people, but packed 5,000 people on it instead?"

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:24 | Link to Comment Sauk Leader
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I am sure they will get a voucher towards their next cruise. To be fair it gets a little roomier along the way, usually there are a couple of people that go missing.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:07 | Link to Comment LFMayor
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Yeah, day three the shows have good seating at last, because half the people are in their cabins, acting like root-beer dispensers.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:17 | Link to Comment Freddie
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Fat idiots shitting all over the hallways.   Who in their right mind would go on these ship?   RETARDS.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 13:54 | Link to Comment msmith9962
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You should write marketing material for Carnival.  Hardest I've laughed all day.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 19:25 | Link to Comment Freddie
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LOL!   :-)

It is beyond absurd that anyone in their right ****ing mind would subject themselves to Carnival's voyages of the damned.  If the USA had any laws or regulations - these criminals would be shut down.  The elites just get away with everything.

 

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:17 | Link to Comment Matt
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The Navy packs a lot of people onto aircraft carriers, and I haven't heard too many horror stories of them dfrifting at sea for days without power or sewage systems. I suspect a lack of proper maintenance, in the name of maximizing profit, is the real culprit here.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:44 | Link to Comment NoDebt
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All US carriers are nuclear-powered.  They don't skimp on maintenance because you don't want to know what happens if you have a little "ooppsie" with a nuclear reactor.  (think:  Fukushima, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, etc.)

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:55 | Link to Comment Citxmech
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That's my bet:  They're deferring maintenance to (ahem) "keep afloat."  On my news channel this morning they mentioned that the ship would hold 5k passengers but that the cruise line did not report the actual number of passengers. . . Betcha they don't want it known that there are only something like 473 people on this floating disaster.

Cruise lines, like the airlines, are going to go the way of the Dodo.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 17:41 | Link to Comment PrintemDano
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Sailors also work their asses off in the engineering spaces.  No union rules....

A little biased former submarine sailor but it's the truth!

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:19 | Link to Comment PMakoi
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I took a Carnival cruise.  Once.  That was more than enough.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:07 | Link to Comment zapdude
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Same here.  We actually were on the Triumph one year before it died in the Gulf.  That ship's best days had long since past and was a floating accident waiting to happen.  It was a cheap vacation, we quickly found out why.

As for their latest dead ship incident, there are far worse places to be stranded than St. Maarten.  It is a truly beautiful island with the south half of island is Dutch and the north is French.  Don't be surprised they make you pay to use the public toilets!

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:20 | Link to Comment falak pema
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costa concordia and floating turds! 

Not a recipe for Denmark's top restauraunt; NOMA!

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:51 | Link to Comment duo
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all hands to the poop deck!

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:20 | Link to Comment Hedgetard55
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Looks top heavy to me.

 

A good metaphor for the FED's balance sheet.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:21 | Link to Comment Rusty Diggins
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somewhere an albatross hangs from a neck.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:21 | Link to Comment pain_and_soros
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With mishaps like this, will Carnival stay afloat?  or will these accidents sink the company?

They've been awash with bad news lately don't forget Costa Concordia was part of the Carnival group.  That disaster weighed them down like an anchor...

Bon Voyage!

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:50 | Link to Comment secret_sam
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Based on the folks I've met who've done it, I don't think the demographic that goes on Carny cruises keeps up with current events.  I doubt this will impact their ticket sales much.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:21 | Link to Comment McMolotov
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I've never seen the point of a cruise. If I'm going on vacation to enjoy the sun and sea, why the hell would I want to be trapped on a floating prison with 5,000 strangers, listening to shitty music, eating shitty food, and potentially coming down with dysentery?

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:22 | Link to Comment Rusty Diggins
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You forgot the date rape, don't forget the date rape.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:28 | Link to Comment Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Who wouldn't want to be treated like a mark by every native, shit blood from the parasites in the local water, deal with the local wildlife and that is just what decides to take up residence in your hotel room. It is like going to the zoo without having to spend time in the baboon cage.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:34 | Link to Comment Dewey Cheatum Howe
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When I die if there is a hell it is going to be in the form of being trapped on a Carnival Cruise ship filled with lame white people who can't even dance to Montego Bay or the chicken dance without fucking it up somehow. And they will be doing it while the toilets are backflowing onto the dance floor blissfully unaware. Oh wait.....

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:17 | Link to Comment Rusty Diggins
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Sounds like the next Chuck Plalahniuk novel to me.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 13:09 | Link to Comment cougar_w
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No different than staying at home in the suburbs. Well except for all the water.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 13:26 | Link to Comment ElvisDog
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What people like about cruises include that it's all-you-can-eat, and you can get something to eat 24 hours a day. It's an easy vacation in that your room, restaurants, and bars are all in one place. Plus, people perceive that it's a bargain because theoretically (if you didn't drink alcohol) you can vacation for a relatively low cost per day.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 17:35 | Link to Comment Almost Solvent
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Anyone who really drinks knows all the tricks - fill up empty large listerine/shampoo/conditioner bottles with liquor before you depart & fill up large soda bottles on the islands with liquor for when you reboard.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:22 | Link to Comment csmith
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Remember the old McDonalds ad with the guys dancing with the mops?

"At McDonalds its CLEAN!"

Carnival should take a lesson.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 14:40 | Link to Comment Buckaroo Banzai
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Yes, a classic! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKR1ScQUpcA

Probably more white guys in a McDonald's uniform in this commercial, than there are in the entire country nowadays.

 

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:24 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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If they didn't let me off the boat I would drop my pants and shit right on the deck. 

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:29 | Link to Comment Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Gives a whole new meaning to a poop deck.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:32 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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+1 LOL

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:36 | Link to Comment Dewey Cheatum Howe
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You put that fastball right over the sweet spot of the plate....

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:52 | Link to Comment duo
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didn't post fast enough.  you beat me to  the poop deck.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:25 | Link to Comment Jason T
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this is all the result of a collapse in cap ex investment and a bonanza in divdends and share buyback programs.

 

every in the West is going this route.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:21 | Link to Comment Matt
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I don't know if I would consider regularly scheduled maintenance to be Cap Ex investment ...

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 13:11 | Link to Comment cougar_w
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In the run down to our entropic twilight, -- it is.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:25 | Link to Comment LFMayor
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Cousin Eddie: "SHITTER WAS FULL!"

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:29 | Link to Comment Its_the_economy...
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Spreading contagion w 5000 of my closet friends. A dream vacation come true.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:30 | Link to Comment yabyum
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Keeping passengers on board against there will is enslavement I would rather be having lunch and a nice drink in St Marteen. Watching your turds flush away is also a bonus. Fuck Carnival, can this bastard be shorted?

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:30 | Link to Comment Rainman
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Salt water eats the shit out of all ocean-going vessels. Periodic major overhauls in drydock are mandatory and very expensive. I'll play a wild hunch they are skimping regular maintenace to hit the quarterly earnings projections. These ships earn zero in drydock. 

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 13:14 | Link to Comment cougar_w
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That was my immediate thought on reading the headline.

One of these fuckers is gonna blow a boiler -- or flat out sink -- and people are going to die. And when that happens the Carny executive team will laugh, take their bonuses and go find something else they can fucking ruin at 100% return.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:51 | Link to Comment Ljoot
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... “human waste” can be found on the floor of some of the ship’s bathrooms and some toilets have overflowed.

 

Sounds like most public restrooms.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:30 | Link to Comment tony bonn
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i would be willing to bet that greedy corporate fascist whores decided that they could save money by omitting certain maintenance tasks or staff which some whiz kid mba proposed as a way to boost profits...

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 14:58 | Link to Comment Antifaschistische
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Carnival's model is for a certain market...that's it.  It doesn't make them greedy or fascist.  They are the low end of the low end.   Low end people deserve to go on vacation...but they don't deserve high end service, high end equipment or high end accomodations.   Just like Greyhound...have you been in one of those "terminals"?  why complain.....take an airplane.

Antifaschist

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 15:02 | Link to Comment Antifaschistische
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now I'll reply to my reply..

..the problem with today's low income demographic is that they have been convinced that they "deserve" first class service.   Just like Air Force One.   It's a right.   I sat behind an Obama Follower on a return flight from LA last week and she pressed the "service" button 4 times during the flight.   The flight crew was very annoyed with her...but she deserved service NOW.  water NOW.  refill NOW.  blanket NOW.   Welcome to Parasite Nation.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 18:02 | Link to Comment PrintemDano
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I suspect the corporate whores don't have a clue why maintenance is necessary and feel it is a  waste of money.  They are clueless about things mechanical, electrical and chemical.   I'm certain the engineering budget is slashed to zilch so the whores can reap their temporary profits.   

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:32 | Link to Comment Stonedog
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It seems like Carnival is trying to corner the market on Nightmare, Misery Cruises vacation market...

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:32 | Link to Comment Intoxicologist
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Shits Ahoy!

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:33 | Link to Comment Fox-Scully
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Well they now have time to make sure that they have two of everything before the rains hit.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:33 | Link to Comment MajorWoody
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Why in the helck would anyone want to cram into a boat full of porkers anyway?  Stuff yer face full o crab legs, pinch a massive loaf into the demper, pull on the stretch pants, its all good.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:35 | Link to Comment MagicHandPuppet
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Up Shit Creek!

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:04 | Link to Comment LFMayor
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ahh, good to see another fan of The Bard!  Sir, by chance were you referring to:

Up shit creek
in a chicken-wire boat

too thick to sink
too thin to float.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:38 | Link to Comment Its_the_economy...
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So lemme tell you about my highschool classmates cruize from hell 5 years ago. Seems they boarded in Baltimore w 20-some members of their family for a cruize down to the islands w their 80-odd YO patrician of the family. Everything seemed great till the ships denizens all got food poisoning. Everyone vomiting everywhere, nigh on a thousand vacationers sick to death. The Patrician so ill that the ship's doctor called a chopper to get him off the boat to a hospital.

The Captain made the the phillipino kitchen staff try everyfoodstuff that had been served till they couls isolate the cause. The lucky cook that had to eat the smoked salmon won the lottery and it was all tossed overboard.

Sign me up.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:18 | Link to Comment a growing concern
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Yeah, fuck that. I would literally rather take a pile of cash and set it on fire than spend it to be stuck in a 80 square foot room in the middle of the ocean gorging myself on frozen meals and getting worked over by the local pickpockets. Oh, and hurling and/or shitting my brains out. If I want to get that experience, I can just go to my local Chinese buffet for about 8 bucks.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:44 | Link to Comment Its_the_economy...
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somebody working in the industry, or just talking their book?

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:45 | Link to Comment GrinandBearit
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Shit happens.

 

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:49 | Link to Comment bugs_
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coming to a land based circus near you.

you may not leave due to "accountability reasons".

I just had a thought for a new business "Carnival Escapes" for a fee we will catch you when you jump over the side and then we will take you home.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:48 | Link to Comment Professordoomfinger
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Shall we break out the confinement loaf, Captain?

 

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:49 | Link to Comment shovelhead
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"Welcome to Carnival's 'Fabulous Floating Fecal Tour'. I am Captain Runz and will be your host. Please take advantage of our complimentary galoshes and waste bags on offer at the Saloon deck."

 

 

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:52 | Link to Comment G_T_A_44
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"And to think the passengers could have just stayed home, opened their E-trade accounts, BTFD, and basked in the glow of the wealth effect, knowing full well at the current rate of Fed liquidity injections they could all soon afford their own private island."

 

Priceless.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:53 | Link to Comment CaptainSpaulding
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Circus? Hmmm

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:58 | Link to Comment Lendo
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Cruises sounded bad 5 years ago and now they just sound awful.

I'd much rather go to Ireland, rent a car, and see the countryside while staying at bed & breakfasts along the way.  You couldn't pay me to be trapped on a boat with strangers and the potential to be stranded at sea with no food or electricity for weeks.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 13:18 | Link to Comment cougar_w
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Cruises are for people who wish they had a butler at home.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:00 | Link to Comment Stuart
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Canival's launching a new ship:  SS Minnow.

 

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:02 | Link to Comment rsnoble
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Guess I know what to pack on a cruise.  Jack Daniels, snicker bars and clean underwear. 

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:34 | Link to Comment Lendo
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They rifle through your shit like the TSA before you board and look for "forbidden" items such as weapons and booze.

People have been smuggling vodka in mouthwash bottles and using food color to bring on board.  

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 17:41 | Link to Comment Almost Solvent
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Yup. Mouthwash large bottles are perfect. And then large soda bottles on the islands for when you reboard.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:06 | Link to Comment Gimp
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What the public does not know about these cruise ships all flying flags convenience/banana republics.  is most do not have engineering officers on board.

If there is an electrical problem they take a picture of the issue - i.e burn't out fuse box - email it back to shore side where one engineer is responsible for all ships.

Engineer shore side will recommend fix and send back to ship so the low paid flunkys in  the engine room can fix the problem.  It saves money!

 

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:08 | Link to Comment Winston Churchill
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We are all on that cruise.

Captain Ben on the bridge of the SS Federal Reserve,

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:25 | Link to Comment Bansters-in-my-...
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Wow..... Thats a long way out to sea before no Chemtrails are visible on the skyline.

Wish my sky was that blue.

I would even put up with a broken down cruise ship to see that sky.

 

Ps fuck yous chemtrail sprayers  I hope yous die a miserable and

prolonged death.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:25 | Link to Comment edifice
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Man, people today are completely disconnected from reality...  Produce a makeshift chamberpot, throw it overboard every morning.  Very simple.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:54 | Link to Comment Hongcha
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Flatulent, ignorant, adipose white people bitching and retching over the side.  LOLMAO.  And they fuck off for seven hours in port while a pleasant town sits 500 yards away.  Idiots.

My short position blows.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:52 | Link to Comment Debugas
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they hire staff from all around the world and pay them $1000-$2000 per month. Many new comers suffer from acclimatization and fell ill during their first month.

workers do not stay there for long - half a year tops

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:11 | Link to Comment free market dreamer
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wtf??? "Right now the passengers are being kept on board the ship for accountability reasons," Doss said. "They were scheduled to leave today so the captain has decided to have everybody remain on board at this time."

 

So the captain dictates whether people get off the boat and continue on with their lives...??? What would happen if I said f.u capatain, i'm calling a taxi...or... swim to shore... or... Anyone else catch this? I'm sure everyone just said, "Yes sir captain, anything you want..."

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:26 | Link to Comment earnulf
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And the folks who "jump ship" scream loudest as it sails out to sea without them (it was supposed to leave today) and sue for being "left behind".

I actually agree that I would not stay on board, but rather avail myself of working toilets and reasonably clean food on land.    But then again if folks are taking pictures of the filth and problems, they need to be emailing those pics as evidence for the lawsuits they can try to file (yea, read the fine print).

It does make sense, the Captain is responsible for the passengers, now if they want to sign a waiver, they can step off, but if they aren't back on board when we leave, it's their problem on how to get home.

No matter what, Carnival is in line for another class action lawsuit

 

 

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 13:32 | Link to Comment ElvisDog
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How exactly are you going to get off those ships? Are you going to jump 50 feet into the water in your clothes and swim to shore? Sure, you are. If they say you don't get off, you don't get off.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:15 | Link to Comment hannah
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personally...and this is just me.....i love the smell of thousands of overflowing toilets. shit on the walls makes me happy. rotten food and vomit just make my day.

 

thats why i book my vacation on carnival cruise lines EVERY year....!

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:47 | Link to Comment Lord Of Finance
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'Come aboard, their expecting you . . .'

 

 

  All these "vacationers" get what they deserve. How is it a vacation to pack into a crowded boat, to sleep in a cabin smaller then a jail cell and then puke before you start drinking?

 

 Or hop in a crowded plane. Then go to some overcrowded resort to wait in endless lines for your entertainment get-a-way.

 

Or sit in a 3 hour traffic jam to get to an even more overcrowded local beach resort. 

 

Oh, how the masses are such a bunch of dumbasses!

 

'Real vacationers know to head for the mountains!'

 

 

And--  WEEKEND WARRIORS RULE!

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:27 | Link to Comment uno
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carnival needs a marketing campaign 'experience living in the Superdome during Katrina while at sea'

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:31 | Link to Comment wildstylechef
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Carnival and the people that vacation with them deserve each other. People that vacation with them are as useful as shitting in a paper bag. The reason the take vacations in cruise ships is so they don't get lost and even then they still do. They proudly proclaim how many overpaid voyages they have taken to the realm of 50-100. They have tantrums if their favorite cereals are out of stock and complain to the captain (occurred when the tsunami hit Thailand and hundreds of thousands of people died). They eat soooo much they need electric scooters to get around.

Carnival demands a 25% profit from operations, yet pay massive discounts for their food produce and receive their alcohol duty and tax free. As in a bottle of rum, vodka, gin 750 ml costs 2.25$. What do they charge the customers??? 5-7 $ per drink. They confiscate any alcohol brought on board and give it to you when you get off.

Employes are governed by department and rank. officers are mostly European  and the engineering and navigation departments get a union and best pay @ 5-10,000 per month 2 months on 2 weeks off. Heads of departments run their departments like fiefdoms as out to sea the only law is the Captain. The rest are 5 months on 2 months off NO DAYS OFF

cooks, waiters, room cleaners, bar staff, navigation and engineering help are all from third world countries; Philippine's, Indonesian, Hungarians, etc are paid a pittance as in 500-700 dollars a month

1 YEAR contracts NO DAYS OFF.

So lets say there is a down turn in the economy and the company has to deal with idiot Captains like the Costa, then they need to come up with ways to keep the 25% profit and the only way to do that is by cutting costs. One of those is the Maintenance cost and the idea that propulsion runs ff the emergency generator is a joke. normally you have 5 diesel generators and the ship can run on 3, so that means they have 3 out of 5 generators down!

I wouldn't get on those ships if you paid me to take a vacation on them.

The 5 star cruise ships like Crystal and others that is a different thing all together but they are 300- 500 a day

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 13:04 | Link to Comment Freddie
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+100

Yeah - cruise ship passengers, especially Carnial, are retards.  I have been in line with them at Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and a few other airports.  Like you said - they are usually fat pigs who gorge on the crappy free food like hogs.  For some bozarre or peverse reason they enjoy being on a rusting hulk with fellow fat retards as they all eat like pigs. 

Their voyagaes of the damned on these cattle cars is like a badge of honor for these retards.  I hear the banter of these idiots at the airport about how they were on that ship last time, etc.  I want to puke being in line with these fat asses.  I have pretty much cut out any flying because of jerkoffs like this plus TSA groping. 

I think these cruise line retards like it because it is like a floating Wal Mart and casino in one with a free buffett. They like being around fellow retards with the same mind(less)set.  They also think it is glamorous because the ship has an elevator and staircase plus real like Broadway style enetertainment and shows.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 13:44 | Link to Comment ElvisDog
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The cruise ship shows can be good, because there is always one topless, "adult review" and some of the female cruise directors can be pretty hot.

Now, the flip side of that is it's just one more layer of degradation if you work on a cruise ship. If you're a woman, you might have to show your tits to strangers.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 19:42 | Link to Comment Freddie
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LOL!  Well idiots who go on these "cruises" like degradation including shitting in plastic bags in the hallways. 

How gross is that? 

Other adventures is women passengers might get raped by some third world crewhand. Or you might get thrown over board by mistake.  Or some norvovisrus might break out.

Anyone dumb enough to sign their life and rights away to get on one of these Titanic's waiting to happen is a total moron.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:46 | Link to Comment Fix It Again Timmy
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Carnival Cruise - getting to experience the "Red Roof/Scottish Inn Drug-hotel" with no means of driving off in disgust.  And people pay for this shit?.......

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 13:27 | Link to Comment Intoxicologist
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Cruises:  If you think you hate people on land,.......

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 14:16 | Link to Comment evernewecon
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HAND SANITIZER REPORTEDLY USELESS AGAINST NOROVIRUS

http://barfblog.com/2013/01/cdc-hand-sanitizer-useless-against-norovirus/

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 14:15 | Link to Comment e-recep
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these cruise ships have grown to enormous sizes within the last 10 years. also, the cabins got smaller allowing for more passengers. all these efforts were done to fight growing costs against stagnating trip prices. but the profit margin is still dwindling as the printing presses of central banks all over world keep churning out paper fiat pushing the costs to higher levels.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 14:27 | Link to Comment Intoxicologist
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Alternate headline:

More Pigs Discovered Floating in the Port of St Maartin

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 14:35 | Link to Comment Gimp
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Carnival is renowned for being inexpensive (cheap) in the cruise industry.

You get what you pay for.....

Research how Micky Arinson's family started the cruise line...All you need to know.

 

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 15:03 | Link to Comment Money 4 Nothing
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Sounds like a really shitty trip if you ask me..

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