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(Local6)   Eight hundred cruise-ship passengers stranded after creditors stop ship, repossess navigational equipment   ( ) divider line
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13837 clicks; posted to Main » on 29 Dec 2003 at 10:17 AM (13 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-12-29 10:19:31 AM  
Farking creditors. Why don't we have laws to stop this kind of Shiat?
2003-12-29 10:20:30 AM  
Because contracts are inviolate. Go Deontology!
2003-12-29 10:20:56 AM  
Thats all sorts of farked up.
2003-12-29 10:21:41 AM  
Creditor 1: Set a course for secret pirate island, aka Hong Kong.
2003-12-29 10:21:47 AM  
They couldn't wait until the trip was over?
2003-12-29 10:21:57 AM  
i can think of worse things than being stuck in St. Thomas...
2003-12-29 10:22:03 AM  
One might say the equipment was re-pwn3d...

Or more precisely, the creditors pwn3d it all along.
2003-12-29 10:22:20 AM  
what a bunch of whimps -- just get our your sextant and use it. problem solved.
2003-12-29 10:22:51 AM  
2003-12-29 10:23:46 AM  
That's the best pirate I've ever seen.
2003-12-29 10:26:38 AM  
any ship that sails without someone aboard who can use charts, a sextant and a compass to get where they're going in being staffed by idiots.

gps can break or go overboard, but the sun still comes up every day. you can always improvise a sextant if something happens to it, but if you don't know how to use one, you're in big trouble.
2003-12-29 10:26:40 AM  
Farking creditors

Yeah, what bastards, loaning money and not demanding full cash up front for everything.

They couldn't wait until the trip was over?

That's probably what the cruise line was counting on. Didn't work, though. Blame them for using their clients as pawns.
2003-12-29 10:26:58 AM  
I hope Kathy Lee Gifford was on board
2003-12-29 10:28:23 AM  
I would have though that they would have at least let m get back to port. The passengers should sue someone, but not the cruise company since they appear to be bankrupt. Maybe they could win the ships propulsion systems.
2003-12-29 10:28:33 AM  
You guys like wacky cruise stories, check this out:
2003-12-29 10:30:52 AM  

I agree, but REAL navigation is rarely taught anymore. I learned to use a sextant and charts when I was a kid in Boy Scouts. A couple years ago, we were out sailing with a friend of SWMBOs, and I brought along her sextant and charts from her dad. I was within 15 seconds of noon, and no more than about 200 feet from where GPS said we were. Nothing like declination charts!

2003-12-29 10:31:06 AM  
gps can break or go overboard, but the sun still comes up every day. you can always improvise a sextant if something happens to it, but if you don't know how to use one, you're in big trouble.

Everybody knows how to use a sextant. You throw it overboard to add a "plot" twist.

/thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week.
2003-12-29 10:32:13 AM  
Break out the charts and the sextant.

Make these sailors earn their pay for once!
2003-12-29 10:32:49 AM  
I hope Kathy Lee Gifford was on board

If they scuttle the ship, I agree.
2003-12-29 10:33:03 AM  
"To the oars!"

Can't blame the creditors as they have a vested interest in protecting their collateral. If the deadbeat shipping company can't or won't pay their bills, screw 'em.
2003-12-29 10:39:46 AM  
I love the ad next to the story featuring the picture of the cruiseship.

Great pirating. Yaaaar!
2003-12-29 10:41:47 AM  
Headling on Fark next week:

[Followup] 800 stranded after cruise ship's navigational equipment reposessed reutrn home. Lawsuits ensue.
2003-12-29 10:43:02 AM  
"Yarr...I hate the sea and everything in it.."
2003-12-29 10:47:11 AM  
"Arrr - this be the Captain speaking. Do any of ye scurvy dogs have a nail and a bit of wood?"
2003-12-29 10:52:47 AM  
HAHA! Thats what you get you asshats! Pay your bills!
2003-12-29 10:53:35 AM  
Did anyone else read this article that was on the page?

'Trampled' Wal-Mart Shopper Has History Of Injury Claims

Florida tag would sum it all up.
2003-12-29 10:54:00 AM  
Ahhhh I love St.Thomas.
2003-12-29 10:55:02 AM  
If they need navigation, just pick up some Haitians along the way. They can point to the States like a compass.
2003-12-29 10:59:14 AM  
Awwwww poor people, St. Thomas is a hideous place to be "stranded." I'd hate to have to endure that.
I'd give someones left nut to be stranded in St. Thomas right now, instead of sitting at work freezing my boobs off! EGADS....
2003-12-29 11:00:16 AM  
This doesn't happen if you travel with a decent cruise line (RC,Carnival,etc)

There's simply no better way to travel than cruising.
2003-12-29 11:01:27 AM  
Royal Olympic Cruises has become Royal Olympia Cruises. Just a small change, so that our company name matches the names of our new state-of-the-art vessels, Olympia Explorer and Olympia Voyager.

Wonko: That that is a farking priority, asshats!
2003-12-29 11:01:32 AM  
I'll bet the whole ship is computer operated, from the rudders to the navigational equipment to the propellers. I doubt they could just go down to the 'secret wheel' in the 'secret non-computer ran control room' and sail away sail away sail away.
2003-12-29 11:03:06 AM  
For what it's worth, you can still learn Celestial Navigation if you join the one of the United States Power Squadrons. It's amazing how accurate it can be, even with a cheap plastic sextant and a digital watch.

I can't believe for a second that the cruise ship had no backup navigation equipment; if not a sextant, then at least a couple of hand-held GPS units and some paper charts (for use in the lifeboats, if necessary).

Anyway, a ship's navigation systems are built into the bridge - it's not like picking up a TV and taking it ashore. Maybe the reporter misunderstood: 'injunction' does sound quite a lot like 'navigation equipment', after all.
2003-12-29 11:04:22 AM  
Tar Pit Captain,"Who wants to come meet the Captain... and feel sexy with him?"

Meatwad,"oh I do!"
2003-12-29 11:05:55 AM  
Farking deadbeats.
2003-12-29 11:09:16 AM  
Repo man: Stealin for a livin
2003-12-29 11:09:18 AM  
From the reviews of the ship. Stay away! Dofuss Greek builder!

"Royal Olympia prides themselves on this being the fastest cruise ship in the world. Indeed, it is very fast, (Cruise at 28 knots) and very rough. We have been on 40 cruises and this ship is the roughest out in big water as we have ever seen. I think it has to do with the flat bottom design and it so rough some seniors fell and got hurt in the open sea. It would toss you around at night in bed. I would hate to cross to Europe on this ship. It also has a vibration that never goes away. The dinning room is so noisy you have to lean forward to carry on a conversation."
2003-12-29 11:11:53 AM  
Wonko Fortytwo

No wonder they went BK!
2003-12-29 11:19:08 AM  
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The farking wheelhouse...
2003-12-29 11:22:40 AM  
"Come sail away,
Come sail away,
Come sail away with meeee!"
2003-12-29 11:34:56 AM  
Do you think the repo men had a pirate flag on their mast?
2003-12-29 11:40:47 AM  

They're motto is "The intelligent way to see the world"

Too funny.
2003-12-29 11:42:32 AM  
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII'm sailing awayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy...
2003-12-29 12:04:40 PM  
I got a sextant for Christmas. Now I need to go on a cruise.
2003-12-29 12:04:50 PM  
Cartman Video (1.0 MB) singing "Come sail away". The opposite of what these peopele are doing.
2003-12-29 12:10:19 PM  
Ordinary farkin people, I hate 'em.

2003-12-29 12:15:37 PM  
Yeah... I smell a MAJOR lawsuit when these people get home.
2003-12-29 12:19:53 PM  
All of your navigation are belong to us.
2003-12-29 01:52:13 PM  
Dr. Moron -
There's simply no better way to travel than cruising.

Well, yeah there is. Not that the mode is important, but I generally prefer to travel without puking my guts up with Norwalk.
2003-12-29 02:52:36 PM  
Cruise...crisis? Leave it to the media. Stranded at sea, yet anchored at St. Thomas. Just another overblown news story.
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