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(Mother Nature Network)   Do you remember what happened on the Carnival Triumph? Carnival is hoping you didn't   (mnn.com) divider line 59
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2013-03-08 10:21:37 AM

wingnut396: I would go again I guess, but I can take or leave cruising.  The food was fine but just underspiced IMO.  I can understand their need for that, but I've always been the type that would rather find a good hole in the wall where locals love to eat.


Seriously, try Royal Caribbean, I can't stress that enough. The food was phenomenal. Disney isn't as low as Carnival, but they are definitely below RC. We didn't do any excursions, except for 1 driving tour of Skagway(Alaska), because they were simply too expensive. I found that I am perfectly content to sit on the boat somewhere, take a book, buy a few drinks and read/watch the scenery and just relax. I won't get that doing anything but cruising.

We DID spend 2 days in Vancouver and found where the locals fgo there, so I totally get what you're saying about that. I don't want a chain when I am out of town, I want something new.
 
2013-03-08 10:27:45 AM

Macular Degenerate: They're no doubt avoiding making profits, but large companies have insurance against damages and losses of business revenue, so I doubt they're hurting too bad as a result of this.

Cruises have never attracted me, and every article I read about norovirus and these kinds of problems makes me less inclined to go on one, even if it was free (OK, maybe ONLY if it was free).


Did a cruise 6 years ago, and I'd take one every year if I could. I don't understand people's aversion to them. Is it a perceived "snooty way to travel" thing, or something? Just curious.
 
2013-03-08 03:30:26 PM
they could always rename it the "Squeak Attack"...


/nothing is obscure on fark.
 
2013-03-08 05:25:29 PM
I was on the Triumph.  It was nowhere near as bad as the media reported.  Pretty much just camping at sea, but that doesn't sell headlines.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/82933936@N00/sets/72157632798182700/

Here's my photos.
 
2013-03-08 05:58:05 PM

tricycleracer: Rapmaster2000: the appeal for them was that everything was decided and taken care of.  There are no decisions to make.

Funny how the people I hear this exact same praise of cruises from tend to be of the "rugged individualist" breed.


I'm a rugged individualist, but even I like having someone else decide where to go for dinner once in a while. Sheesh.
 
2013-03-08 05:59:51 PM

CujoQuarrel: 12349876: Rapmaster2000: Pretty much. I was always one of those "I don't get cruises" people until a few people I know (that are pretty hard drivers in life) told me the appeal for them was that everything was decided and taken care of. There are no decisions to make.

I can see the appeal, but I'll pass.

I'd still rather pay more for a large on land resort with everything I need maybe even all inclusive before I'd do a cruise ship.  And with the intertubes, it doesn't take much time to plan every iota of your trip before you go.

I hear there are vacation packages in the DR that even supplies the girl(s)
Or so I've been told.


They told you those were girl(s).
 
2013-03-10 02:04:53 PM

PhotoKirk: I was on the Triumph.  It was nowhere near as bad as the media reported.  Pretty much just camping at sea, but that doesn't sell headlines.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/82933936@N00/sets/72157632798182700/

Here's my photos.


Wow! So, if you could, could you give a short synopsis of how it really was. Was there in fact rivers of poo in the hallways?

BTW, I have just picked up a D7000. Love it! Great in low light and the noise level at high ISO is great (especially coming from a D50). Will be taking a cruise (RCL) in October.
 
2013-03-10 06:43:58 PM

boogerwolf: PhotoKirk: I was on the Triumph.  It was nowhere near as bad as the media reported.  Pretty much just camping at sea, but that doesn't sell headlines.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/82933936@N00/sets/72157632798182700/

Here's my photos.

Wow! So, if you could, could you give a short synopsis of how it really was. Was there in fact rivers of poo in the hallways?

BTW, I have just picked up a D7000. Love it! Great in low light and the noise level at high ISO is great (especially coming from a D50). Will be taking a cruise (RCL) in October.


Most of the stories are WAY overblown.  An accurate headline would have been "Cruise ship suffers engine fire, passengers slightly inconvenienced."

There were no rivers of poo.  We never listed more than 8 degrees (I have a level on my phone).  Most folks listened when we were told not to use the toilets, the ones who didn't had to deal with overflowing toilets when we listed.

We had hot food for most meals.  We had running water, but no hot water.  I showered every day.  Our cabin was on Deck 2.  It got warm and stuffy after the first night because the wasn't much air circulation.  We spent a lot of time on deck reading, chit chatting, and trading stories.

We had a helicopter resupplying us for two days.  They brought food, ice, drinks, etc.  We also had resupply from other Carnival ships.

The crew was outstanding.  They worked about 18 hours a day and were always smiling.  We had comedy shows, movies, music, trivia games.  It wasn't the same as my other cruises, but it was NOT a "nightmare at sea."

The D7000 is fantastic.  I've used Nikon gear for 20+ years and it is my favorite.
 
2013-03-11 12:23:32 AM

PhotoKirk: There were no rivers of poo. We never listed more than 8 degrees (I have a level on my phone). Most folks listened when we were told not to use the toilets, the ones who didn't had to deal with overflowing toilets when we listed.


So, roughly speaking, no cleanup worse than what you'd expect from the after-effects of a drunk party?  Other than maybe the number of cabins needing 'special' cleaning, no different than usual, I'd think.

Cleaning out spoiled food from the freezers and fridges would probably be a bigger job, but they still have plenty of time to get that taken care of in dry dock.
 
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