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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
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2013-03-08 06:23:43 AM  
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Took a "behind the fun" tour on the Carnival Breeze (newest Carnival ship) last week. Spent a lot of time in the engine control room. Before we could ask any questions, the chief engineer said "let me tell you what happened on the Triumph and why it won't happen here". Short of it is, that all the generators are connected to a single bus. On the breeze the bus is gated so they can reroute or block off a damaged section. Apparently there were no gates (or insufficient gates) on the Triumph bus. Once the fire damaged the main bus... game over.

Seems like Mickey Mouse engineering, and perhaps he oversimplified it. But in either case, I'm sure that problem will be resolved by the time it sets sail again.
2013-03-07 08:37:10 AM  
2 votes:
Did they rename it the "Cleveland Steamer?"
2013-03-08 05:25:29 PM  
1 vote:
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.


Here's my photos.
2013-03-07 11:32:36 AM  
1 vote:

Coach_J: My experience is that people either "love, love, really love cruises" or they are "hated it...rather go on a regular vacation".

There are also people like myself who are what I like to term "Test the Waters Cruisers" what I mean by that is people who want to travel to some of the World's more exotic locations but not stray too far out of their comfort zone.  Example, I always wanted to see Alaska, but I was uncomfortable just traveling up there and exploring on my own, so I took a cruise, since then I have taken a "regular" vacation on my own because after the cruise I was no longer uncomfortable with the place.
2013-03-07 10:57:43 AM  
1 vote:

Rapmaster2000: pudding7: Rapmaster2000: "The promise [of cruise-ship advertising] is not that you can experience great pleasure but that you will. They'll make certain of it. They'll micromanage every iota of every pleasure-option so that not even the dreadful corrosive action of your adult consciousness and agency and dread can fark up your fun. Your troublesome capacities for choice, error, regret, dissatisfaction, and despair will be removed from the equation. You will be able--finally, for once--to relax, the ads promise, because you will have no choice."

Or, as my dad said when we all wnet on a cruise last year, "this is great. I don't give a shiat about anything!"

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.

My experience is that people either "love, love, really love cruises" or they are "hated it...rather go on a regular vacation".

It's like the vacation version of cilantro and films by the Coen brothers.
2013-03-07 07:31:56 AM  
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"Most typical cruise ships disembark passengers for a mere six to seven hours before new ones come on board"

This does not seem like nearly enough time to clean the ship.
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