Cruising Nightmares: Would You Book A Cruise Today?
In lieu of the many recent Carnival Cruise nightmares and disasters, many people are rethinking their vacation plans. In the past, a cruise seemed like an easy, “all-inclusive” way to spend time off. Before deciding to take a cruise, it’s important to look into recent and past cruise nightmares, as a cruise may not be the best way to spend one’s vacation.
Recent Carnival Cruise Mishaps
In recent weeks, not one, but two Carnival cruise ships (Carnival Triumph and Carnival Legend) have suffered serious issues, including engine trouble. This has led these two ships to be stranded offshore, leading to extreme conditions onboard for the passengers. People with children may be especially weary of what a cruise vacation may be, especially if they become stranded offshore with a young child.
Carnival Triumph, perhaps among the more well-known of recent mishaps, became stranded for five days out in open waters. A fire in the engine room took out power on the ship, which caused serious issues throughout. With no working toilets, among other inconveniences, the ship became a floating wasteland in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. In this particular situation, passengers were given a full refund and an additional $500. Carnival Triumph has since been removed from the fleet lineup.
Carnival Legend appears to have suffered from technical issues, resulting in sputtering and preventing the ship from reaching its ideal speed for a cruise. Vacationers paid for a seven day cruise, but received only a four day cruise due to the technical issues. Furthermore, Carnival only offered a $100 credit per person, which hardly makes up for the lost vacation time or the thousands of dollars spent on the cruise initially.
Though these appear to be the two better known of recent mishaps, it is important to note that several Carnival ships have also been suffering issues, including Dream and Sunshine. This has led to a company wide fleet review of all ships.
Are Cruise Ships American-Based Companies?
Unfortunately, the reality is that the majority of all cruise ships are not registered to the United States. The cruise industry is about making money, and U.S. regulations can be considered costly. Instead, cruise ships are registered to other countries including Liberia, Panama and the Bahamas. By doing so, these ships can avoid paying the fees of U.S. regulations.
This also allows the ships to bypass safety and standard regulations. Many passengers are unaware of this and assume the ships are American-based, which leads to problems later on down the road when a serious issue happens. It is harder for passengers to go after the ship since they are not American based.
In the end, it is up to the passenger to determine whether a cruise is a worthwhile experience. Recent cruise ship nightmares and the knowledge that the ships are not subject to American safety and standard regulations, may deter many future cruise-goers from purchasing a ticket aboard the next stranded ship.
About the Author: Marian Solomon loves to travel and has enjoyed several cruises but encourages you to search until you find the right package for you. It may be a tour or a cruise, but it should be to a destination you’ll enjoy.