ExcedrinHeadache: WorkingInParadise: Every cruise ship has lifeboats. Why weren't they deployed? I don't understand the decision to NOT evacuate the ship.This.My wife and I have been on two cruises with Norwegian and are going on another (to the Carribbean, no less) that leaves on Sunday. We had a great time on the boat, and never had any real problems. On one cruise, there was a malfunction in a gyrocompass that keeps the boat's attitude constant, so the boat listed pretty hard for a few seconds, and the crew had to manually adjust attitude until we got to shore, meaning that the ride was slightly wavier that night. The problem was completely fixed by the time we left the next port.The first thing we did when we got on the boat was a mandatory, boat-wide lifeboat drill. These ships have lifeboats that hold 30 people each, with supplies, food, engines, and shelter. The fact that these lifeboats weren't employed baffles me. It's not like they were in the middle of the Atlantic; they were in the Gulf, for crying out loud. Besides, they were trapped there for six days. You'd think they could have evacuated everyone by helicopter in that amount of time, not to mention lifeboats or other methods of evacuation.I hope Carnival goes down for this. There's really no excuse for not evacuating these people, forcing them to drive to New Orleans to fly home (I assume Mobile has an airport), and then trying to pay them off with free cruises. I hope those negligent farktards get sued into bankruptcy.
SCUBA_Archer: They should've at least stopped for the throwed rolls on their way to New Orleans.
sunlion: I suspect that the marijuana cruises out of Washington will one day be quite enjoyable. They don't have any such thing yet though. I checked.
Oztemprom: PainInTheASP: I was in Mobile a couple of times about twenty years ago. Nice town, there was a little seafood restaurant on the Dauphin Island bridge road that served the BEST freakin lobster I think I've ever had.Do you remember the name of the place?/headed thereabouts in may
emersonbiggins: mjohnson71: ExcedrinHeadache: WorkingInParadise: I assume Mobile has an airport.I think it would be safe to assume that an America city with almost a half a million people would have an airport.Mobile Alabama may be in the south, but flyover country isn't that bad.I agree, but no Alabama city has a population over 250,000.
ExcedrinHeadache: I hope Carnival goes down for this. There's really no excuse for not evacuating these people, forcing them to drive to New Orleans to fly home (I assume Mobile has an airport), and then trying to pay them off with free cruises. I hope those negligent farktards get sued into bankruptcy.
mjohnson71: ExcedrinHeadache: WorkingInParadise: I assume Mobile has an airport.I think it would be safe to assume that an America city with almost a half a million people would have an airport.Mobile Alabama may be in the south, but flyover country isn't that bad.
pag1107: First off, how the hell do they not have some kind of backup system to keep the lights on, the toilets flushing and the food safe? Backup generators can't take up that much space and if it's something like the hydraulic system has to stay pressurized to keep basic systems running then there should be some way to keep it pressurized. I'd imagine toilet flushing power level is a lot less than ship-maneuvering power level so you wouldn't need ship-engine-sized machines to do that. Is this a case where the designers omitted safety systems to have extra room for more passengers? I can think of another ship where that line of thinking bit them in the butt.Second, these ships are simply getting too large. Suppose something really serious happened and the ship was sinking, how the hell are Coast Guard/local authorities/the Navy/whoever going to rescue that many people? I think the cruise industry needs to do some serious self-examination.
ExcedrinHeadache: WorkingInParadise: I assume Mobile has an airport.
Limeyluv: It was a nasty experience, but compared to what it could have been...have you seen the class of people who take cruises these days? It isn't the Queen Mary. It's college kids and hen parties heading for the 24 hour buffets. The people biatching about the lack of food were the ones who could live off their body fat for a month. Cruising is for the lazy. Take a sea kayak and paddle the mangroves./Feeling mean because I haven't had my tea yet.//Maybe I'll give up sympathy for Lent
DysphoricMania: What I don't get... How is this ship so messed up? I spent 4 yrs on a ship (Thank You, US Navy) and we never had anything close to the troubles cruise ships have. Do they not have repair crews or damage control crews aboard? Seems like you would want those...
WorkingInParadise: Every cruise ship has lifeboats. Why weren't they deployed? I don't understand the decision to NOT evacuate the ship.
DROxINxTHExWIND: Jesus. I'm glad Americans of today weren't born in 15th century or we'd still think the world was flat because no one would be able to take the boat ride without biatching themselves to death.Mayflower
Hebjamn: Human Achievements : Split the Atom ☑ Put a man on the Moon ☑ Evacuate people from drifting cruise ship : Too difficult.
BoboRod: Ever been to Mobile subby? It's not really so bad.
BoboRod: Ever been to Mobile subby? It's not really so bad. They do a bang up Marti Gras. Of course it's Lent now, so you may have a point.
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