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Get The Latest Cruise News / Re: Can We Fire The Engine Builders?
« on: February 16, 2013, 01:02:02 PM »
UPDATE: This topic has been dormant for a while, but we've not had an engine room fire aboard a Carnival ship for over a year, in what some pundits are calling a miracle from God. Well, miracles apparently do cease, and the engine room fire aboard the Carnival Triumph brings to mind the horrors of previous Carnival experiences that ended in blazes of ignominy (as opposed to blazes of glory).

So the question is, what caused the fire aboard the Triumph as it sailed near the Yucatan? Some scientific conspiracy theorists claimed the ship was really hit by a meteor trapped in a space-time bubble from the Jurassic epoch, essentially a leftover, time-traveling rock ball that splintered from the boulder that wiped out the dinosaurs. Of course, the suggestion, while perhaps creative, was quickly shot down by noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who was on the PBS Newshour show Friday, February 15, discussing the Russian meteor in the Urals.

This leaves us at square one, and while it is unknown whether the engines, themselves, actually caught fire, the Carnival travails continue as the fires continue to be the number-one cause of bad publicity and malfunctioning engines aboard these big boats.  The other cause is, of course, the drunken captains who run their ships aground before abandoning ship in search of a nightclub to finish their debauch. Wait, that was a ship from a Carnival Cruise subsidiary.

Meanwhile, the New York Times report late Friday about the coming problems faced by Carnival underscores the momentum of bad news that is just getting started for the Miami-based cruise line. Perhaps someone at the cruise line should be fired. Yeah.

Get The Latest Cruise News / Re: First Lawsuit
« on: February 16, 2013, 12:48:42 PM »
I'd have sued for just pulling into Mobile after all those days trapped without indoor plumbing. Why would you go to Alabama after being stuck on a ship without indoor plumbing?  8)

Finally! After several days stuck at sea with toilets overflowing, amid yet another fire in an engine room, Carnival Cruise Lines' ship Triumph has docked at Mobile Alabama, and hundreds of passengers now have the satisfaction of knowing they are among the first to view the docks of Mobile, Alabama from such a large ship. The Triumph, which has been limping through the Gulf of Mexico since Sunday, is the biggest cruise ship to ever try to dock in the Alabama port city, which is just across the Florida state line from another port city, Pensacola, which has never been visited by the Carnival Triumph.

Of course, being glib as we are, we could not let this news opportunity pass without pointing out the ship could just as easily have docked at ports anywhere along the Florida coastline. The ship first became incapacitated while off the coast of the Yucatan. While we understand not wanting to stop anywhere there might be a questionable water supply, given the overflowing toilet situation and the nearness of Key West, at least compared to Mobile, one has to question the wisdom of limping all the way north to Mobile, Alabama.

The ship was photographed by news crews far and wide, but this shot from NBC news clearly shows how desperate the situation had been on board the vessel, which is completely dark against the backdrop of emergency crews who were eagerly awaiting a glimpse of the biggest thing to happen to Mobile since the oil slicks arrived from the destroyed oil rig, Deep Water Horizon, in 2010.

Meanwhile, passengers aboard the wounded Triumph were forced to stay on board the ship for several hours longer, due to logistical constraints. It appears the fact the ship has been on its way to Mobile for several days was still not enough lead time for the Mobile dock workers and emergency crews, none of whom could quite give up that slow Southern lifestyle, even for the dookey-laden passengers of another failed Carnival Cruise.

Get The Latest Cruise News / Carnival Coast Guard Incidents
« on: May 27, 2012, 03:32:53 PM »
This will be the official incident roll for Carnival Cruise Lines; but keep in mind, we want you to tell us your stories. For now, this roll of stories will be those incidents cited by the United States Coast Guard. That makes everything detailed here about as official as it gets!

Dateline: Tampa, Florida - March 27, 2012. The Carnival Legend was found to have a problem with its starboard stabilizer, which was leaking oil. The reason for the leak was unknown, but the USGC apparently let the Carnival Legend operate without a starboard stabilizer, until the technicians could fix the issue.

The official Coast Guard response was to issue a deadline date to repair the problem, which carnival missed by six days, according to the Maritime Information Exchange, at The deadline of April 25, 2012 was not met, but the USCG reports the Carnival Legend's starboard stabilizer issue was resolved on May 1, 2012.

At the same time - it was two days after the stabilizer issue was first cited - the USCG issued a pollution enforcement warning, but no other safety warning appears to have been issued in connection with the oil leak.

The stabilizer problem is a curious development for the Carnival Legend, because according to the website,, the Carnival Legend has had issues with pitch, yaw and roll instability in the past. Specifically, the website owner, Billy Kidwell, points to an incident in which the Carnival Legend "suddenly tilted 14 degrees to the port side, while turning starboard."

While the incident detailed on Mr. Kidwell's site is a few years old, having happened in 2005, the fact the ship rolled to port while making a starboard turn is no small coincidence, considering the recent U.S. Coast Guard issue with the Carnival Legend.

We are going to put on our reporter's cap for this one to learn whether other Carnival ships are having the same issues with stabilizers, whether those stabilizers are primarily starboard stabilizers, and to find out whether the Legend has suffered other issues like this. As we used to say on the air, "Stay tuned!"

The only reason a forum like this gets started is that there are so many horror stories about Carnival Cruise Lines. The fact of the matter is there are too many ships carrying too many staff people who don't give a damn about you. They want a paycheck. Here's a fine example, authored by a digital strategist from New York.

Kimberly Williamson and her husband decided to take a fine trip to the Turks and Caicos Islands for their anniversary. They booked their trip on the Carnival Miracle. During their fine excursion to a Caribbean Island one afternoon, a man claiming to be a bi-polar case popped off and threatened Ms. Williamson while passengers about them watched. The reason for the bi-polar passenger's tirade was that Ms. Williamson had asked him not to blow his nose in the water.

Lifeguards and personnel on the beach told her to contact security on the ship, which Ms. Williamson and her husband did. When they returned to the ship, however, security told Ms. Williamson she would have to speak with guest services, because security could not really do anything about the matter.

As Ms. Williamson writes in her cruise ship horror story, on AOL, "The agent working at guest services was disinterested, to say the least. After pretending to take notes, she told us to tell someone in security. At this point, with my nerves rattled, I got frustrated that there didn't seem to be a system in place for dealing with dangerous individuals."

Talk about your basic feedback loop to nowhere.  The unruly passenger continued taunting Ms. Williamson and her husband, to the point the only place they felt safe was in their stateroom. Thus we conclude, mostly, another tragic Carnival Cruise horror story.

It did inspire Kimberly to start her own blog about how horrible Carnival is. You can READ IT HERE, along with Ms. Williamson's plea to Carnival and other cruise-line passengers.

Get The Latest Cruise News / Carnival Sensation Not So Sensational!
« on: May 08, 2012, 06:36:04 PM »
It seems the Carnival Sensation, which regularly sails to the Bahamas, is not so sensational a cruise for some. More than a few of the recent traveler complaints on have ripped the cruise line for making sudden changes in itinerary, cutting short land time in Nassau, even short-changing passengers on the total cruise length.

One traveler from Naperville, Illinois, said the cruise line tried to charge them a penalty fee when they wanted to change ships in Nassau. Writing a complain on May 3, the user, Asif, said the 18-hour stay in the Bahamas was cut short to 8 hours. The change completely ruined a planned day trip to Atlantis, the passenger said.

Another complaint, coming from a passenger from Tallahassee, Florida, said the food was terrible and the electronic poker machines kept taking money without allowing game play.

Just two more exceptional experiences that demonstrate Carnival Sucks!

These and other Carnival stories from

Get The Latest Cruise News / Dude, Where's My Car?
« on: May 08, 2012, 06:08:02 PM »
Do you ever wonder whether your car is taking a little vacation of it's own when you take your cruise? We know at least one port where Carnival operates has a bit of a problem, and ABC News recently featured the story of the joyriding Corvette!

Just take a look at at this little news video from Cocoa, Florida, near Port Canaveral, one of Carnival's busier ports on Florida's East Coast!

Now, we'll be fair. Carnival Cruise Lines is in now way responsible for what happens to your car while you're on a cruise. After all, if they don't use a port with enough secure parking, that's really nothing you can hold against them, right?

Get The Latest Cruise News / Can We Fire The Engine Builders?
« on: May 02, 2012, 02:20:51 PM »
Carnival Cruise Lines has really been on fire lately, and we're talking in a literal sense. For the past few years - yes, years - Carnival has suffered under the lash of one engine-room mishap after another, so it seems. But Carnival is getting a bit of competition in the cruise-bruise arena, this time from another favorite of cruise passengers: Royal Caribbean.
Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas suffered a fire April 21 that caused a smoker in the engine room. The ship was on its way from St. Maarten to Fort Lauderdale when the fire erupted, although the ship was able to sail back to South Florida without a tow.
And, there was another cruise-ship fire in March aboard the Royal Caribbean ship, the Azamara Quest. That ship, much like the 2010 mishap aboard the Carnival Splendor, was adrift for days before repairs were completed. Nothing like setting sail aboard a powered ship, then having to use the wind and bed-sheets to steer the vessel!
But wait, there's more! The Carnival ship, Costa Allegra, was towed to Seychelle in February after a fire broke out aboard that ship. Of course, for 2012, the most damaging cruise disaster as been a Carnival-related mishap: The Costa Concordia cruise disaster in Italy, which left dozens of people dead. The capsized ship is operated by a Carnival subsidiary, Costa Crociere.
Of course, we all remember the protracted affair aboard Carnival Cruise Lines' 2010 engine-room fire aboard the Carnival Splendor. That incident left 4,500 passengers stranded off the Mexican Riviera for several days.

New Board / Welcome To The Carnival!
« on: April 11, 2012, 11:35:45 AM »
We are glad you are here, and we look forward to sharing all the glee, glib and gloom we can muster on This forum is meant to provide a cathartic experience as well as a sounding board for all those travails travelers face on the high seas.

It's not just for one specific cruise line, either, so feel free to share any experience you've had. We love dish and we love comparisons and we really, really love dirt!

Remember: We do have the right to pull the plug on any member who repeatedly posts shill, defamatory or libelous comments on the board.

Trade messages and stories often; and once again, we're glad you're here!

~ AnchorMan

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