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(The Atlantic Wire)   Worst vacation ever continues as cruise ship's bus ride home breaks down. Ironic, Fail and Asinine last seen thumbing for a ride   (theatlanticwire.com) divider line 115
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2013-02-15 05:15:21 PM  

Caffandtranqs: Loki009: Caffandtranqs:
I know, it's TERRIBLE!  They should get 50,000 dollars each for the therapy they will need to heal their emotional scars.

My coworkers and I were having a discussion what "appropriate compensation" would be for this trip and most of us agreed on the following:

1) Full refund of purchase price, 2) Free cruise voucher as a measure of good faith and 3) $2,000 for the experience and to repay the cash value of vacation time that was lost at work.

However one coworker kept insisting that this experience should be worth at least $100,000 and would be physically and emotionally damaging. Never being able to get on a cruise again without flash backs and worrying if it would happen again. He was describing it like all the cruisers are going to walk away with full blown PTSD.

/God some people have such an over inflated sense of self worth
//I'm sure people think that what i listed above is way more than that deserve.

They are doing those things except #3.  Instead, they are getting $500 and a paid trip home.  That might almost add up to $1,000 each.  I think that's fine because well, shiat happens.  $100,000 is overdoing it.  PTSD?????  If a situation like that is enough to cause someone PTSD, then they should not even be leaving the house without a full set of anti-depressants, Xanax, body padding, and helmet.


$500 seems a bit on the low side to me. In my mind I've blown a week's vacation time on this. As for travel home are they also refunding travel costs that were already paid for too? I assume everyone was planning on getting home and already paid those costs. If so it's on the low side of acceptable
 
2013-02-15 05:46:11 PM  

Loki009: Caffandtranqs: Loki009: Caffandtranqs:
I know, it's TERRIBLE!  They should get 50,000 dollars each for the therapy they will need to heal their emotional scars.

My coworkers and I were having a discussion what "appropriate compensation" would be for this trip and most of us agreed on the following:

1) Full refund of purchase price, 2) Free cruise voucher as a measure of good faith and 3) $2,000 for the experience and to repay the cash value of vacation time that was lost at work.

However one coworker kept insisting that this experience should be worth at least $100,000 and would be physically and emotionally damaging. Never being able to get on a cruise again without flash backs and worrying if it would happen again. He was describing it like all the cruisers are going to walk away with full blown PTSD.

/God some people have such an over inflated sense of self worth
//I'm sure people think that what i listed above is way more than that deserve.

They are doing those things except #3.  Instead, they are getting $500 and a paid trip home.  That might almost add up to $1,000 each.  I think that's fine because well, shiat happens.  $100,000 is overdoing it.  PTSD?????  If a situation like that is enough to cause someone PTSD, then they should not even be leaving the house without a full set of anti-depressants, Xanax, body padding, and helmet.

$500 seems a bit on the low side to me. In my mind I've blown a week's vacation time on this. As for travel home are they also refunding travel costs that were already paid for too? I assume everyone was planning on getting home and already paid those costs. If so it's on the low side of acceptable


Hmmm, agreed.  They should have their travel expenses reimbursed.  Any more than that goes over the limit because life is unpredictable.  Life does not care about people's vacations or their unrealistic expectations of perfection on their vacations.  I still have not seen any interviews of people being grateful that the ship did not sink and everyone lived.  I wonder if I will.
 
2013-02-15 05:46:55 PM  
I'm not seeing what the problem is here.These people should be celebrating and cheering. They booked a carnival cruise and that's exactly what they got; the most epic carnival of the past decade. Just no pleasing some people.

/did the ship burn down, fall over, and sink into the swamp yet?
 
2013-02-15 05:54:53 PM  

Caffandtranqs: Loki009: Caffandtranqs: Loki009: Caffandtranqs:
I know, it's TERRIBLE!  They should get 50,000 dollars each for the therapy they will need to heal their emotional scars.

My coworkers and I were having a discussion what "appropriate compensation" would be for this trip and most of us agreed on the following:

1) Full refund of purchase price, 2) Free cruise voucher as a measure of good faith and 3) $2,000 for the experience and to repay the cash value of vacation time that was lost at work.

However one coworker kept insisting that this experience should be worth at least $100,000 and would be physically and emotionally damaging. Never being able to get on a cruise again without flash backs and worrying if it would happen again. He was describing it like all the cruisers are going to walk away with full blown PTSD.

/God some people have such an over inflated sense of self worth
//I'm sure people think that what i listed above is way more than that deserve.

They are doing those things except #3.  Instead, they are getting $500 and a paid trip home.  That might almost add up to $1,000 each.  I think that's fine because well, shiat happens.  $100,000 is overdoing it.  PTSD?????  If a situation like that is enough to cause someone PTSD, then they should not even be leaving the house without a full set of anti-depressants, Xanax, body padding, and helmet.

$500 seems a bit on the low side to me. In my mind I've blown a week's vacation time on this. As for travel home are they also refunding travel costs that were already paid for too? I assume everyone was planning on getting home and already paid those costs. If so it's on the low side of acceptable

Hmmm, agreed.  They should have their travel expenses reimbursed.  Any more than that goes over the limit because life is unpredictable.  Life does not care about people's vacations or their unrealistic expectations of perfection on their vacations.  I still have not seen any interviews of people being grateful that the ship did not sink and everyone lived.  I wonder if I will.


I agree that life is unpredictable however as a business you should have a plan for a power outage that doesn't involve the guest shiattng into plastic bags. If you don't bother with the plan then I think you should be willing to open the pocketbook a little bit more than 500 dollars.Again if I went through it 1-2k is what I'd be hoping for as a realistic number.

I can understand not having TV or AC but I should not have to shiat into a bag while on vacation because of a power outage
 
2013-02-15 06:00:44 PM  

Caffandtranqs: That sucks, but they were already acting like they had survived the sinking of the Titanic beforehand.  A teary-eyed woman on "Good Morning America" said she felt homeless because her room was filled with stank, and that she felt the need to sue the company because of the emotional trauma she went through.  There I was watching this with my boyfriend who actually was homeless some years back.  We both busted out laughing, "Biatch please!"  They have the "horror stories" on Yahoo as well.  It's pretty pathetic.


The more I read about this the less sympathy I have. I picture some of these people (hopefully not all on that ship were whiny, defenseless little things) going camping once in their life, and by day 2 ending up in a loin cloth and covered in their own poop running after squirrels with a sharp stick.
 
2013-02-15 06:07:15 PM  

spigi: WhoGAS: crewsr: Can someone please explain the allure of cruises to me?  I just don't get it... I mean isn't just basically a big, floating casino/resort/hotel, except that you aren't allowed to leave the premises (cause you'll fall into the ocean and drown if you do)?  There's no beach, but there's a swimming pool with a slide.  There's no terrain, but there's a rock-climbing wall.  There's no shopping district, but there's some cute boutique stores...  I hear many of the rooms (sorry, 'cabins') are cramped and window-less and everybody is crammed together so there's no escaping crowds, lines, etc... Oh, and if the power goes out, you're trapped in a floating cesspool until help arrives.  Why would anyone want to do this?  What is the point?  Why not just go to Vegas or some sort of resort where you can get all that same stuff, plus the opportunity to maybe get away from some of the other tourists by simply leaving anytime you want to?

I assume that unlike me and people like me, the ones who enjoy going are the ones who enjoy being part of crowds for extended periods of time  People are selfish, hateful, frightened little animals...why would I want to surround myself with them?

I will be going on my 9th (Carnival) cruise in a couple of weeks.  The allure of cruising, for me, is spending a week partying with like minded fun people.  Not having to worry about how I'm going to get home when I"m plastered.  Eating as much as I want, when I want (I'm not fat, btw).  Meeting hot women, and there tend to me quite a few on Carnival boats around spring break time.  Visiting the various ports of call and doing things like zip lining, cave tubing and white water rafting.

It's not for everyone though and different people go for different reasons.  Everyone I see on board looks like they are having a good time, especially the fatties at the buffet.


Exactly my point.  My GOD!  Could you imagine if a buzz killington like me was on board?  I'd probably spend my time trying to make people as miserable as I was even if I didn't realize it...I'm glad that there are people like you in the world to keep those folk in business. They have families to take care of, too.

Yeah, that's not sarcasm, that's honesty.  I don't have any problem with others enjoying things, I enjoy watching them enjoy it, but I just have never been that way.  My fun would bore most people...sitting around smoking a bowl or more, talking about theoretical particle physics, astronomy, leading tech, etc.  And, I hope, that you'd glad people like me stay away from people like you...at least on vacation so we don't bring you down.  Heh.
 
2013-02-15 06:24:19 PM  

Loki009: Caffandtranqs: Loki009: Caffandtranqs: Loki009: Caffandtranqs:
I know, it's TERRIBLE!  They should get 50,000 dollars each for the therapy they will need to heal their emotional scars.

My coworkers and I were having a discussion what "appropriate compensation" would be for this trip and most of us agreed on the following:

1) Full refund of purchase price, 2) Free cruise voucher as a measure of good faith and 3) $2,000 for the experience and to repay the cash value of vacation time that was lost at work.

However one coworker kept insisting that this experience should be worth at least $100,000 and would be physically and emotionally damaging. Never being able to get on a cruise again without flash backs and worrying if it would happen again. He was describing it like all the cruisers are going to walk away with full blown PTSD.

/God some people have such an over inflated sense of self worth
//I'm sure people think that what i listed above is way more than that deserve.

They are doing those things except #3.  Instead, they are getting $500 and a paid trip home.  That might almost add up to $1,000 each.  I think that's fine because well, shiat happens.  $100,000 is overdoing it.  PTSD?????  If a situation like that is enough to cause someone PTSD, then they should not even be leaving the house without a full set of anti-depressants, Xanax, body padding, and helmet.

$500 seems a bit on the low side to me. In my mind I've blown a week's vacation time on this. As for travel home are they also refunding travel costs that were already paid for too? I assume everyone was planning on getting home and already paid those costs. If so it's on the low side of acceptable

Hmmm, agreed.  They should have their travel expenses reimbursed.  Any more than that goes over the limit because life is unpredictable.  Life does not care about people's vacations or their unrealistic expectations of perfection on their vacations.  I still have not seen any interviews of people being grat ...


I have a feeling some definite improvements to those ships will be happening as a result of this.
 
2013-02-15 06:28:28 PM  

rhiannon: Caffandtranqs: That sucks, but they were already acting like they had survived the sinking of the Titanic beforehand.  A teary-eyed woman on "Good Morning America" said she felt homeless because her room was filled with stank, and that she felt the need to sue the company because of the emotional trauma she went through.  There I was watching this with my boyfriend who actually was homeless some years back.  We both busted out laughing, "Biatch please!"  They have the "horror stories" on Yahoo as well.  It's pretty pathetic.

The more I read about this the less sympathy I have. I picture some of these people (hopefully not all on that ship were whiny, defenseless little things) going camping once in their life, and by day 2 ending up in a loin cloth and covered in their own poop running after squirrels with a sharp stick.


Ha!  I was thinking that earlier.  Well, not the exact same thing, but was thinking these people must not go camping as they might consider the experience "a nightmare" just as they did this situation.  I mean, it sucks, but it's not a nightmare.
 
2013-02-15 07:07:58 PM  

Caffandtranqs: but was thinking these people must not go camping as they might consider the experience "a nightmare" just as they did this situation. I mean, it sucks, but it's not a nightmare.


Except, you know, when you go camping you bring supplies for camping and are excited to be camping. When you go on a cruise (full disclosure: I would never go on a cruise so I am just speculating) you expect and prepare to be staying in a hotel-like environment with all the comforts of home. You don't expect to be stuck on a boat with no stabilization system/plumbing/power/climate control for days and have to crap in a bag which you then hand off to the unluckiest housekeeper in the world ("oh, time for my 8am shift... I better start my rounds of collecting bags of feces!")
 
2013-02-15 08:46:28 PM  
Boeing has a 787 ready for them to fly them home.
 
2013-02-15 09:04:03 PM  
Imagine if one of these bus riders finally get to Galveston parking lot to drive home and find their car stolen or dead battery etc! that would be some unlucky sumbitc!
 
2013-02-15 10:50:45 PM  
And when one of the passengers got fed up and just started walking, her heel broke.
 
2013-02-16 12:59:17 AM  

Ned Stark: Two simultaneous earth-day poop cruise threads. Poop doesn't exist except in poop educated poop minds. You are educated poop. Get on both boats.


hehehe   'poop'
 
2013-02-16 01:15:41 AM  
It's not for everyone though and different people go for different reasons.

I knew a woman who would take cruises as vacations because her boss could not call her during them.

Imagine if one of these bus riders finally get to Galveston parking lot to drive home and find their car stolen or dead battery etc! that would be some unlucky sumbitc!

Then, everyone else realizes that this guy was the cursed one, anddescend on him like a flock of over weight seagulls.
 
2013-02-16 03:16:00 PM  

Cork on Fork: Caffandtranqs: but was thinking these people must not go camping as they might consider the experience "a nightmare" just as they did this situation. I mean, it sucks, but it's not a nightmare.

Except, you know, when you go camping you bring supplies for camping and are excited to be camping. When you go on a cruise (full disclosure: I would never go on a cruise so I am just speculating) you expect and prepare to be staying in a hotel-like environment with all the comforts of home. You don't expect to be stuck on a boat with no stabilization system/plumbing/power/climate control for days and have to crap in a bag which you then hand off to the unluckiest housekeeper in the world ("oh, time for my 8am shift... I better start my rounds of collecting bags of feces!")


Yes, then again people EXPECT too much sometimes.  I'm not saying they should not be expecting a typical cruise experience.  I'm saying that they should not be expecting there to never be any problems on their cruises.  I'm pretty sure the people working on the ship don't want there to be problems like that, nor do the owners want something like that happening to cause them heavy losses in the money department.   These expectations...it reminds me of an article I was reading by this psychologist about this being a very narcissistic society.  Indeed, it is.
 
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