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Have the Recent Problems Aboard Cruise Ships Deterred You from Considering Taking a Cruise?

ABC News U.S. 2013/03/16 10:00:00
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Another day, another Carnival cruise ship having issues. The company announced late Thursday night that the Carnival Legend, currently off the coast of Honduras, was unable to sail at its optimal speed because of a technical problem, forcing the ship to cut short passengers' vacation.

The Carnival Legend canceled its visit to Grand Cayman on Friday so it could immediately return to its home port in Tampa Bay, Fla., according to a news release. The Legend was on the last leg of a seven-day Caribbean cruise that departed Tampa March 10.


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  • Stan Weinstein 2013/03/29 07:26:11
    Yes
    Stan Weinstein
    +1
    They need to change the name of the ship from the "carnival dream" to the "carnival nightmare".I think I'd rather have a root canal than go on a cruise.
  • happyday49 2013/03/29 04:54:28
    No
    happyday49
    +1
    No, just not Carnival. I've been twice and no problem. Was planning to schedule vacation on the two that recently had problems. Now, I don't think so!
  • ruru 2013/03/25 05:16:02
    Yes
    ruru
    +1
    Wouldn't take a Carnival cruise if it was free.
  • Joe 2013/03/24 17:03:46
    No
    Joe
    +1
    I've been on many cruises and planning to go again to Alaska in August, My favorite lines are Princess, Holland, and Celebrity. I went on Carnival once and it was definitely below average.

    If you are considering doing it, try to go for at least 7 days. Shorter cruises can be inferior.
  • Apache 2013/03/22 15:01:47
  • Darr247 2013/03/22 06:58:29
    Yes
    Darr247
    +1
    For that much money, I would rather charter a sailboat and have the place to ourselves.
  • Alacrity 2013/03/22 05:32:32
    Yes
    Alacrity
    +1
    It would be risky, I am afraid.
  • V~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2013/03/22 03:42:10
    Yes
    V~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    italian cruise liner sunk

    I think the problems indicate that companies are cutting corners on maintenance and operations. Fuel and food prices have gone way up, beyond what passengers are willing to tolerate in fare increases.

    In addition to the risk of incompetent management, maintenance, and crew, a cruise liner is a soft target for terrorists. A cruise ship carries more passengers than ANY airliner, with lots of baggage, and less security than even the feeble airport TSA. It's only a matter of time before the terrorists try something like the Achille Lauro attack http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
  • Transquesta 2013/03/21 22:05:39
    No
    Transquesta
    +1
    I was already turned off by the price, and the fact that one has to get the government's permission to leave the country.
  • Michael 2013/03/21 22:04:46
    No
    Michael
    +1
    There are more cruise ships and passengers than ever before. How many deaths? None!
  • Mike Michael 2013/03/22 17:25:47
    Mike
    What about the many disappearances!
  • Michael Mike 2013/03/23 17:46:09
    Michael
    +1
    From 2005 to the Costa Concordia disaster in 2012, out of more than 100,000,000 people worldwide who had taken cruises, there had been 16 fatalities.
    165 missing since 1995, (that makes 2 hundred million) this does not mean they died. So, the numbers, as sad, do not make a significant disaster risk.
  • Mike Michael 2013/03/23 18:18:41
    Mike
    Well it's enough that it might make me think twice.
  • Stan We... Michael 2013/03/29 07:31:11 (edited)
    Stan Weinstein
    +1
    Get your head out of the sand. Have you never heard of the Achille Lauro attack? Also, what about the Costa Concordia still lying on its side off of Greece -a bunch of people died in that one. Don't you ever read/watch the news?????
  • Mike Stan We... 2013/03/29 18:00:04
    Mike
    Take a look at the Bruise Cruise website. You'll never set sail again!
  • JessDeCristo 2013/03/21 21:56:43
    Yes
    JessDeCristo
    +1
    Oh helll yeah !
  • Bob Anderson 2013/03/21 21:16:21
  • BigD_U.S.M."HD"Vet. 2013/03/21 16:25:33
    Yes
    BigD_U.S.M."HD"Vet.
    +1
    "Not Gonna Do It.."
  • zsa zsa 50 2013/03/21 10:34:47
    Yes
    zsa zsa 50
    +2
    at least not on Carnival
  • golem48 2013/03/21 04:10:34
    No
    golem48
    +1
    I never like these new "ships". They look like housing estates with hulls, and are not all that seaworthy..
  • Amberwolf 17 2013/03/21 02:47:36
    No
    Amberwolf 17
    +1
    I've taken quite a few cruises (okay about 10 or so) and there hasn't been any problems with the ships I was on. My dad has been on over 30 cruises and loves them along with my mom. We go mostly to Mexico and the Caribbean and even some of the street vendors in Costa Maya, Mexico remember us by name. I would never let any incidents like these keep me from traveling on cruise ships. If something did happen; me, my dad, and my mom would just make the best of a bad situation (and probably even crack some jokes about it, too.) I usually pick at my dad a bit anyway and say something like, "It seems like we aren't going on vacation anymore, we're just going to visit friends again." lol
  • Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F 2013/03/20 21:57:13
    No
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +1
    No, lack of time and money has. Also, there are no police on a cruise ship; a lot of people don't know this. It's an open city on the High Seas. The incidence of rapes (including but not limited to unsuspecting women given drugged drinks and children molested by crew members who are babysitters), robberies and unexplained disappearances of about 200 people since the 1990's just gives me pause. This young girl, Rebecca Coriam, just brings out the Mom in me; she disappeared on a Disney cruise and was never found. cruise ship disappearances
  • Mike Aqua Su... 2013/03/21 04:06:13
    Mike
    +1
    No police, and no clear legal concept of who has jurisdiction on the high seas!
  • Stan We... Mike 2013/03/29 07:35:38
    Stan Weinstein
    +1
    I believe it's Posidon who has jurisdiction on the high seas.
  • Mike Stan We... 2013/03/29 17:55:32
    Mike
    not King Neptune ?
  • Stan We... Mike 2013/04/15 00:32:09
    Stan Weinstein
    +1
    Unfortunately, King Neptune was recently killed in a swim-by which left Poseidon in charge.
  • harley oldman 2013/03/20 21:56:24
    No
    harley oldman
    +1
    NOPE....Not really.....I never considered it to start with...!
  • Fran 2013/03/20 21:15:04
    Yes
    Fran
    +1
    It's no longer a consideration.
  • Chere 2013/03/20 18:57:01
    No
    Chere
    +2
    that would be like saying that people stopped flying because of a plane crash.
  • Darr247 Chere 2013/03/22 07:00:05
    Darr247
    +1
    Well, at least the ones onboard likely did.
  • Chere Darr247 2013/05/23 02:05:55
    Chere
    +1
    that is exactly true!
  • it'skrissie!d:) 2013/03/20 16:57:24
    Yes
    it'skrissie!d:)
    +2
    Just like the Titanic. A lot of people blame the iceberg. I blame their stupidity.

    Titanic funny pictures
  • Dickens 2013/03/20 16:41:09
    No
    Dickens
    +1
    ...nope, because I wouldn't have taken a cruise before...spending a lot of money to stare at endless water seems a little stupid...
  • polock 2013/03/20 15:20:14
  • juneath... polock 2013/03/20 16:28:43
  • Dickens juneath... 2013/03/20 16:45:15 (edited)
    Dickens
    +3
    ...that sounds more like a money-saving, bonus-enhancing, labor-eliminating executive decision...
  • Mike Dickens 2013/03/20 17:19:10
    Mike
    That's exactly what it is!
  • juneath... Dickens 2013/03/20 20:03:41
  • revbh Dickens 2013/03/23 01:04:15
    revbh
    +1
    Yeah, that's part of it. One of the most distressing aspects of my first and last cruise (Norwegian Cruise Lines, the Inside Passage) was getting to know some of the interesting, under-employed, under-paid, hard-working, under-appreciated staff.

    They get terrible food and accommodations (like inside cabins with no air circulation), NO medical, work ridiculous shifts......Quite disgusting.

    The cruise charges $7 for a bottle of water and and $15 for cocktails They rake in the dollars and their staff lives with bugs.
  • Mike revbh 2013/03/23 18:19:34
    Mike
    I'm not at all surprised.
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