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(Anchorage Daily News)   What is it with Americans threatening to riot the moment things start breaking down on their cruise ship?   (adn.com) divider line 83
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2013-08-24 09:38:49 AM
If the airline industry ran as the same standards as the cruise industry, we'd have about 800 flights a day being diverted or making emergency landings.  WTF.
 
2013-08-24 09:53:59 AM
Considering the average age of cruise goers is 62, that might be fun to see.
 
2013-08-24 09:56:20 AM
I've been to Ketchikan on a cruise ship - there's worse places to be stranded.
 
2013-08-24 09:58:11 AM
Because alcohol, that's why.
 
2013-08-24 10:00:13 AM
I don't see where it says it was Americans making the calls to police but given what I have witnessed over the years it is probably a strong possibility or the evil Canadians.
 
2013-08-24 10:01:46 AM
Metaphor?
The entire nation as a cruise ship?
 
2013-08-24 10:02:44 AM
Did someone make a cartoon of the cruise ship?
 
2013-08-24 10:05:47 AM

lostcat: Considering the average age of cruise goers is 62, that might be fun to see.


It's easy to stop them, just board up the country kitchen buffet.
 
2013-08-24 10:06:46 AM
people go on vacation to escape the pent-up rage of their everyday lives and jobs...hence the reason they plan tediously on where to go and what to do.

if their form of escape fails them in any way, and there are no alternatives, grab a torch and revolt...or a beer and sit back while the suspended reality burns.
 
2013-08-24 10:10:22 AM
I fully expect that there will be more cruise ship failures within the next year and I would not be surprised it passengers started stringing up senior crew members or just throwing them overboard.  It's going to happen.
 
2013-08-24 10:12:28 AM
This is why it's important to have an ample supply of Norovirus on hand. I don't run a cruise ship but even I know that.
 
2013-08-24 10:13:22 AM
What is it with Americans?
Meh
 
2013-08-24 10:14:50 AM
Well. It isn't like we have anything to get angry about here at home! Except the whole illegal spying on Americans, and Congress being a useless pile of old farts.
 
2013-08-24 10:14:56 AM

sbchamp: What is it with Americans?


If you have to ask, you can't afford it.
 
2013-08-24 10:16:20 AM
"which caused a several-days delay, then had more problems near Ketchikan" "Finally, the cruise was called off, and on Wednesdayfor flights back to Vancouver, B.C., and Seattle."
If the cruise was to stop off at Ketchikan or near those who took the cruise as a cheap alternative to bringing clothing and such would be VERY PISSED OFF. People do not realize how much just a pair of Farken underwear cost there! People don't realize how much it cost to mail stuff there and if you do 50/50 chance someone won't steal it from the Ketchikan side before it gets to who you sent it to.


Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2013/08/22/3037385/passengers-on-troubled-cruise.h t ml#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2013/08/22/3037385/passengers-on-troubled-cruise.h t ml#storylink=cpy
 
2013-08-24 10:17:03 AM
Threatening to riot is the new craze.  One doesn't need to leave Fark to know this.

"HEY GUYS WE'RE GATHERING IN THE QUAD AT 9PM FOR A PEACE PROTEST"
*9:15PM*
"THINGS ARE BURNING, CARS ARE FLIPPED. #YOLO"
 
2013-08-24 10:17:06 AM
When I was 19 I went on a cruise with a friend. He ended up having sex with some 33 year old skank and I spent the four days drunkenly talking with a sentient olive called Chip-chip.
 
2013-08-24 10:17:11 AM
Tomorrow you're homeless. Tonight it's a blast!
 
2013-08-24 10:21:01 AM
It's not Americans.  It's the kinds of people who go on the discount cruises that this story of thing happens on.  What do you really expect for a vacation where transport, room, meals, entertainment, and activities are less than a couple hundred bucks a day?  Anywhere else, you wouldn't expect luxury, but for some reason on a cruise ship people do.
 
2013-08-24 10:22:30 AM
They ran out of Depends?
 
2013-08-24 10:26:07 AM
The wage slaves running the ship have nothing to do with the cost cutting measures that make the ship a complete mess.

No, the real culprits are the ones who believe it's immoral not to squeeze every drop of profit out of a company. Because shareholder value takes precedence over quality, brand image, or even customer safety and comfort.

/only the short term matters. Those in the know will cash out before the stock crashes.
 
2013-08-24 10:30:17 AM
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We're entitled to shiat and stuff. Like Joshua, in the Bible.
 
2013-08-24 10:33:47 AM
What's with cruise ships breaking down all the time and why do people keep booking cruises?
 
2013-08-24 10:34:44 AM
I hope this kind of shiat doesn't happen on the Bellingham-Alaska ferry cruise.
 
2013-08-24 10:36:42 AM
Promise a few hundred self-entitled fatties all-you-can-eat buffets and then renege out on the high seas: I can see how it might happen.

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2013-08-24 10:39:56 AM
Wisdom in fiction.

Quark: Let me tell you something about Hew-mons, Nephew. They're a wonderful, friendly people, as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people... will become as nasty and as violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon. You don't believe me? Look at those faces. Look in their eyes.
 
2013-08-24 10:42:24 AM
Being trapped on a floating hotel with a horde of strangers? What, exactly, is appealing about that?
 
2013-08-24 10:43:01 AM

oryx: What's with cruise ships breaking down all the time and why do people keep booking cruises?


I would think there are less cruise ship breaking down compared to how many are out on the ocean to airplanes going down compared to how many are out flying.

Just guessing......
 
2013-08-24 10:44:05 AM
How farking stupid do you have to be to take a cruise?
 
2013-08-24 10:49:15 AM

Outlaw2097: people go on vacation to escape the pent-up rage of their everyday lives and jobs...hence the reason they plan tediously on where to go and what to do.

if their form of escape fails them in any way, and there are no alternatives, grab a torch and revolt...or a beer and sit back while the suspended reality burns.


This is why when I go on vacation I just pick a destination and decide how long I'll be there, but make no other plans at all.  Just spending a couple of days with no schedules to follow is wonderful, and after napping/reading away those first days I can go out and have some fun.

I really don't understand those people who have to fill every single moment of a vacation with stuff to do...  Relax, grab a drink and chill.
 
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2013-08-24 10:51:34 AM
Selfishness is considered a virtue in the USA right now.  That's certainly part of it.

And, no, you're not right about the equivalence on the airline industry.  Given the number of cruses the error rate is incredibly small.  Maybe double the airline industry, but that number is SO incredibly small that it's still very, very small.

We're just becoming entitled assholes...
 
2013-08-24 10:53:02 AM

nightbringerggz: Outlaw2097: people go on vacation to escape the pent-up rage of their everyday lives and jobs...hence the reason they plan tediously on where to go and what to do.

if their form of escape fails them in any way, and there are no alternatives, grab a torch and revolt...or a beer and sit back while the suspended reality burns.

This is why when I go on vacation I just pick a destination and decide how long I'll be there, but make no other plans at all.  Just spending a couple of days with no schedules to follow is wonderful, and after napping/reading away those first days I can go out and have some fun.

I really don't understand those people who have to fill every single moment of a vacation with stuff to do...  Relax, grab a drink and chill.


THIS!
 
2013-08-24 10:58:50 AM

KimNorth: oryx: What's with cruise ships breaking down all the time and why do people keep booking cruises?

I would think there are less cruise ship breaking down compared to how many are out on the ocean to airplanes going down compared to how many are out flying.

Just guessing......


You're off by an order of magnitude or worse.

Approximately 27000 commercial flights EVERY DAY in the US. Worldwide, something like 90,000.  That's 32.4 million flights per year.
Total accidents of all kinds in 2011 were about 120.  Which is 1 in 270,000.

There are somewhere around 300 cruise ships (depending on how small you want to go for river/canal boats).  If you count every day as a trip, that's 108,000 'trips' a year - and I'm being generous to you in the definition of a 'trip'.
Even if there's only ONE incident a year, that's a worse rate than airlines.
So far this year there have been 3-4 of these 'engines quit working' events, and at least 2 cases (IIRC) of people falling off the boat and drowning.
 
2013-08-24 10:59:45 AM
Why are these stupid aholes still going anywhere near Celebrity cruises, and why are they biatching when shiat goes wrong?! CAVEAT EMPTOR muthaf*cka..
 
2013-08-24 11:00:39 AM

oryx: What's with cruise ships breaking down all the time and why do people keep booking cruises?




They are afraid to fly and want to play rich.
 
2013-08-24 11:03:44 AM

FrancoFile: KimNorth: oryx: What's with cruise ships breaking down all the time and why do people keep booking cruises?

I would think there are less cruise ship breaking down compared to how many are out on the ocean to airplanes going down compared to how many are out flying.

Just guessing......

You're off by an order of magnitude or worse.

Approximately 27000 commercial flights EVERY DAY in the US. Worldwide, something like 90,000.  That's 32.4 million flights per year.
Total accidents of all kinds in 2011 were about 120.  Which is 1 in 270,000.

There are somewhere around 300 cruise ships (depending on how small you want to go for river/canal boats).  If you count every day as a trip, that's 108,000 'trips' a year - and I'm being generous to you in the definition of a 'trip'.
Even if there's only ONE incident a year, that's a worse rate than airlines.
So far this year there have been 3-4 of these 'engines quit working' events, and at least 2 cases (IIRC) of people falling off the boat and drowning.


Oh well no cruises for me! : )
 
2013-08-24 11:04:09 AM

HotIgneous Intruder: Metaphor?
The entire nation as a cruise ship?


Quantum Apostrophe: Did someone make a cartoon of the cruise ship?


Yes. Well, Lego Ship of Fools.

By Ted Kaczynski
 
2013-08-24 11:06:11 AM

Creoena: I've been to Ketchikan on a cruise ship - there's worse places to be stranded.


Having never heard of Ketchikan, I hit the Googles:

Ketchikan is a city in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska, United States, the southeasternmost city in Alaska. With a population at the 2010 census of 8,050 within the city limits, it is the fifth-most populous city in the state.

I was floored that 8,050 is a large enough population to make you the fifth-largest city in a state.
 
2013-08-24 11:09:00 AM

badgerb: I don't see where it says it was Americans making the calls to police but given what I have witnessed over the years it is probably a strong possibility or the evil Canadians.


It wasn't the evil Canadians who called 911. They can't find eleven on their phones.
 
2013-08-24 11:11:32 AM
A cruise seems so unappealing.

Going from point a to point b on a floating shopping mall where drinks cost 10 bucks each doesn't sound very relaxing
 
2013-08-24 11:16:41 AM
This is why I never, EVER, take some shiatty canned "awesome" vacation. I don't want to ever be at anyone else's mercy to get where I want to be... FFS...Guidebooks give you a better idea of how to have a great vacation. Or, better yet: Farking buy a plane ticket. Rent a car. Drive it around. Find places to sleep off the farking tourist paths.  I did two months in Europe (former East and West and the Balkan states) on a college-shoestring budget with a farking cheap a$$ rental car, no hostels, backpacks or Eurail pass. Sheeple and old farts go on cruises.
"
 
2013-08-24 11:17:49 AM

damndirtyape: Wisdom in fiction.

Quark: Let me tell you something about Hew-mons, Nephew. They're a wonderful, friendly people, as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people... will become as nasty and as violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon. You don't believe me? Look at those faces. Look in their eyes.


I often quote modern works of fiction. Wisdom is wisdom. Even in pop culture, science fiction...  whatever, there is a writer behind it all with something to say who probably agonized over a word or a line simply trying to convey their thoughts via a fictional character.

What were Shakespearean plays? Documentaries? No... mostly fiction with some historical ingredients.

And nobody quotes Shakespeare, now, in the 21st century, right? It no longer matters, huh? Hell, people still quote the bible.

Wisdom is wisdom.

"With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably. ( Attributed to a fictional character on "Star Trek:TNG The Drumhead" veeery good episode BTW) Possibly more true today than it was when the episode first aired.

/Extra points for Patrick Stewart delivering it as the Shakespearean trained actor that he is.
//there was no nudity in it
///or naughty cakes
 
2013-08-24 11:18:29 AM

oryx: What's with cruise ships breaking down all the time and why do people keep booking cruises?


Well, there is my namesake. I have a friend at work going to ride Carnival this week... same ship that broke down several times THIS year already..
 
2013-08-24 11:21:48 AM
White riot - I wanna riot
White riot - a riot of my own
White riot - I wanna riot
White riot - a riot of my own

Black man gotta lot a problems
But they don't mind throwing a brick
White people go to school
Where they teach you how to be thick

An' everybody's doing
Just what they're told to
An' nobody wants
To go to jail!

White riot - I wanna riot
White riot - a riot of my own
White riot - I wanna riot
White riot - a riot of my own
All the power's in the hands
Of people rich enough to buy it

While we walk the street
Too chicken to even try it

Everybody's doing
Just what they're told to
Nobody wants
To go to jail!

White riot - I wanna riot
White riot - a riot of my own
White riot - I wanna riot
White riot - a riot of my own

Are you taking over
Or are you taking orders?
Are you going backwards
Or are you going forwards?

White riot - I wanna riot
White riot - a riot of my own
White riot - I wanna riot
White riot - a riot of my own
 
2013-08-24 11:34:54 AM

Aulus: I fully expect that there will be more cruise ship failures within the next year and I would not be surprised it passengers started stringing up senior crew members or just throwing them overboard.  It's going to happen.


I don't see that happening.  In the days of sail you could get away with that because there's lots of lower-ranking officers who had sailing and navigation knowledge... and the drivetrain (ie. sails, rudder) weren't computer-driven with passwords and so on.

Today, you could lock out a whole bunch of critical systems and barricade yourself in a crew-only area to stall for time until friendly naval forces arrive in support.
 
2013-08-24 11:48:09 AM

ksmith059: This is why I never, EVER, take some shiatty canned "awesome" vacation. I don't want to ever be at anyone else's mercy to get where I want to be... FFS...Guidebooks give you a better idea of how to have a great vacation. Or, better yet: Farking buy a plane ticket. Rent a car. Drive it around. Find places to sleep off the farking tourist paths.  I did two months in Europe (former East and West and the Balkan states) on a college-shoestring budget with a farking cheap a$$ rental car, no hostels, backpacks or Eurail pass. Sheeple and old farts go on cruises.
"


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2013-08-24 11:50:17 AM
Isn't a riot on a cruse ship a mutiny?
 
2013-08-24 12:04:53 PM
Just got back from 7day cruise up there, saw that boat in harbor, fishing boat captain told us about the problem.

Everyone on that boat getti g chartered flight home and free future cruise, plus they were getti g free excursions so not all bad. Laundry would definitely be a problem though.

Not a cruise guy but figured I'd try it for alaska since that's an easy way to see it. Getting up close to glaciers was cool, as was salmon fishing.

All my reasons for not wanting to go on cruises were verified. Enjoyed Alaska, but will not cruise again.
 
2013-08-24 12:06:45 PM

stuffy: Isn't a riot on a cruse ship a mutiny?


Not necessarily. A mutiny is the intention of taking over command of the ship.  A riot is just a violent display of dis-pleasure with something.  I don't think they wanted to take over the ship.
 
2013-08-24 12:07:16 PM
First world problems.
 
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