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(USA Today)   Cockroach nymphs. Flies. Failed health inspection. Carnival continues their cruise to bankruptcy   ( usatoday.com) divider line
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2013-04-11 05:44:13 PM  
5 votes:
My wife and I have traveled to many places in all our years together, both posh and... not so posh. Flying certainly sucks the big one but it's a temporary thing. We just have NEVER been able to understand why folks would embark on a cruise.

I see the words "sneeze guard" and I'm OUT.
2013-04-11 07:29:44 PM  
3 votes:
My family's only been on one cruise and never went back..

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2013-04-11 06:14:41 PM  
3 votes:
i'm not what you would call a "learned man" by any stretch. but I know this, if there is one cockroach nymph, it's mom and 1000's of it's relatives are also booked for the cruise.
2013-04-11 08:55:55 PM  
2 votes:
This didn't happen when white people staffed ocean liners.

(too "right-for-the-throat-y"?)
2013-04-11 08:16:34 PM  
2 votes:
OK I'll add that to my list of why I never want to go on a large cruise ship.

In no particular order:

1) Rapey/thievey crewmembers who never get investigated because international waters
2) Mysteriously disappearing passengers (see #1)
3) Norovirus
4) Engine failure
5) Poseidon Adventure
6) Overly macho captains who slam the boat into undersea obstacles in a misguided attempt to impress somebody
7) Trapped on the same ship with a bunch of other idiots for days on end
8) Buffet food
9) Pirates, none of whom are Johnny Depp

10) Roaches - I lived in the big city, I've been there, done that, don't want to go back.
2013-04-11 06:17:58 PM  
2 votes:

Bondith: Why isn't there a course that these MBA weasels take that says skimping on health and safety is a bad idea?  That superfluous cutting costs is good, but basic sanitation isn't one of those.  I mean, it seems like basic common sense, yet we see disaster after disaster where a corporation failed to maintain basic health, safety and maintenance and then had it blow up in their face.

Perhaps it's not necessarily a direct attempt on their part to do a shiatty job on health and safety. The big thing is seeing how much you can do with the fewest amount of people, even if that means grinding them into dust to do so. The company thinks it's saving tons of money by not hiring the proper amount of people to do the jobs that need doing and offloading it to the current lot of poor bastards, when in fact they're shooting themselves in the foot. When you're some guy with his boss breathing down his neck and you have the work of two or three people to do, guess what? shiat gets half-assed, because even the idea of having the time to get all of that work done is completely laughable. Thus food related surfaces and equipment don't get cleaned correctly, machines don't get proper maintenance, etc. The result of bean counters who've never done a days work on the ground floor of whatever business they're involved in.
2013-04-12 02:35:15 AM  
1 vote:
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2013-04-12 01:40:42 AM  
1 vote:
I own a restaurant and you don't get docked points for having a fly or a cockroach nymph.  All kitchens have those at some point, part of the nature of having a lot of food around.  You can never clean enough to capture every crumb or smear that some insect can eat.  If the inspector looks around and everything is generally clean and complies with health department rules they'll ignore that kind of stuff or say something like "you should get a exterminator in here before this becomes a problem."  When your kitchen isn't in order they start looking for stuff to lower your score or shut you down.  It's not that there was a fly, it's that the place overall was unsanitary.
2013-04-11 07:15:31 PM  
1 vote:
Nothing like 'relaxing' at sea with over 5000 strangers,, blah

These are cruise ships IMHO
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I might put up with the 2 new Disney ships so the kiddos are entertained
2013-04-11 06:45:07 PM  
1 vote:
Get out. The ship passed inspection in Liberia just fine.
2013-04-11 05:55:33 PM  
1 vote:

darch: My wife and I have traveled to many places in all our years together, both posh and... not so posh. Flying certainly sucks the big one but it's a temporary thing. We just have NEVER been able to understand why folks would embark on a cruise.

I see the words "sneeze guard" and I'm OUT.

I think you are missing the point of cruising.  You can do things you can't do on a land locked vacation like shopping in stores, going to a casino, seeing a show, choosing from several different mediocre restaurants, or going swimming, but get this....wait for it....you're on a boat!!!   And when you go back to your room...the towel....the towel on your bed....might be shaped like a monkey or an elephant!!!

Oh and all the norovirus you wish to inhale, it's free.
2013-04-11 05:46:32 PM  
1 vote:

Fizpez: A fly touched the hamburger meat!!! My god....

If that was the standard I'd have to throw away... pretty much everything I've every cooked outside... no, make that everything I've ever cooked outside.

I would have to throw away a bunch of stuff that I have cooked INSIDE my house. Hell, you get flies inside from time to time and they're going to land on your food.

I wonder if these inspectors have ever been camping? They would probably get an ulcer from all the dirty things touching their food.
2013-04-11 05:38:43 PM  
1 vote:
Roach nymphs? Is that like a voodoo lady?
2013-04-11 05:36:53 PM  
1 vote:
Does this mean it's time to play "Poop Ship Destroyer" by Ween then?

2013-04-11 05:32:14 PM  
1 vote:
I'm guessing they won't manage to stay afloat much longer.
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