farkingismybusiness: They bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into. I say, let 'em crash.
"All aboard the S.S. Norovirus!" *TOOT* *TOOT*
Quantum Apostrophe: But don't forget, private enterprise will get you Mars colonies. Oh wait, THAT'S gonna be different! Because computers got better and magic!
Gyrfalcon: Then, one wonders, what DOES the contract guarantee, if anything? Because if it guarantees ANYTHING AT ALL, they should be strictly held to the letter of it, in any subsequent suits.
vartian: Holy shiat, they actually said that. In court.
MrSteve007: As someone who's been on more cruises than probably anyone you know, and spent nearly a year at sea while being a passenger on cruise ships - I've had largely positive experiences, and have almost at least one cruise planned each upcoming year. So far I've been on Disney, Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Carribean, Holland America. I'mThat said, not everything goes perfectly, all the time. Shiat happens.-Experienced a ship that had a turbocharger on one of the two main engines grenade, sending large metal chunks into the engine and starting a sizable fire in the engine room. We were still 3 days out of San Diego from the South Pacific. It took about 20 minutes for the crew to extinguish the fire, as they evacuated all the crew decks. The ship was able to limp home with full operations though. Holland America.-Had another ship get hit by lightening at both ends, simultaneously at 3am: frying 3/4ths of the navigation & communication gear, melting on-deck antennas, setting off every fire alarm on the ship and melting the fire alarm systems (the only way they were able to shut off the sirens was to use the captain's PA phone on the bridge, and leave it on). Royal Caribbean.-Last December, became life-threateningly ill while on a 35 day cruise to the South Pacific. The ship's doc said I wouldn't survive the 6 day sail back to the USA, so they left me in Nuku Hiva with an agent to escort me back to Tahiti for hospital treatment. I can assure you, Tahiti's health care system isn't a place you want treatment. The cruise line was great though. Holland America.I'm sure I could come up with plenty more, but overall, I think the experience is fun. My next cruise is a 12-day from Miami to Copenhagen this spring - by way of the Azores and London./have yet to experience a Norovirus cruise.
dletter: If I win the Lotto tonight, I'm going to buy a full page ad in every newspaper with that quote at the top and "Enjoy Your Cruise!" across the bottom.
Gyrfalcon: Unless they've got Dan'l Webster arguing for them, they're probably screwed.
you are a puppet: I've never taken a cruise before but I'm starting to consider something like that (taking a cruise every year). I'd like to become friends with you and learn more.
tripleseven: Took a Norweigan cruise from NYC to Bahamas, and Miami.I mean, there were no disasters or anything, but the best I could describe it was "Like being on a floating Las Vegas, than you can't escape"
Russ1642: Hopefully a judge looks at that and says "So what? Just because you put it in fine print doesn't mean it means anything."
fusillade762: A judge where, though? That's the rub with cruise lines. Do you sue where the company is based? Where it's chartered? Where the events happened? It's a messy tangle of jurisdiction issues.
MrSteve007: you are a puppet: I've never taken a cruise before but I'm starting to consider something like that (taking a cruise every year). I'd like to become friends with you and learn more.I keep a close eye on the TravelZoo Top 20 for good deals. Depending on what you're looking for (relaxation, itinerary, fun for kids), changes what type of cruise you want.I like long (25-35) day cruises to remote locations, like the South Pacific or the Arctic Circle (my big trip this past summer). For that kind of itinerary, Holland America is the best.For the cheapest cruises out there, the "repositioning" cruises are best; ie. starting from San Diego and ending up in Vancouver. If you're flexible on your vacation schedule, keep a close eye on last minute repositioning cruises. If a cruise (including taxes and fees) gets as cheap as $25-$40 a day, I pull the trigger.Also, make sure to sign up for their 'frequent cruiser' / 'loyalty' programs. After a couple cruises, they can really start adding on the benefits. On most Holland America cruises I go on , I get free, unlimited dry cleaning (important on multi-week cruises), lots of free drinks, plus the 3rd and 4th people in my cabin cruise for free.For the most part, if the price is right, I'll go on most any cruise. I do tend to shy away from Carnival though. Mostly because I don't like their food that much.
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