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Carnival Passengers Finally Reach Shore; Will Probably Never Take a Cruise Again

February 15, 2013 at 10:32 AM | by | ()

The real-life horror story of the 3,470 passengers and 1,086 crew members of Carnival Triumph Cruise which was stranded for five days in the Gulf of Mexico after the ship lost power has finally come to an end.

Last night, the broken boat arrived in Mobile, Alabama after being pulled along, slowly, by tugboats. It took another five hours for passengers to wait before they could actually step off the filthy ship which reportedly had overflowing toilets, broken AC units, food shortages and other undesirable living conditions. Folks had taken to erecting tents on the upper decks just to get away from the foul odors. One passenger told a news outlet:

"The thing I'm looking forward to most is having a working toilet and not having to breathe in the smell of fecal matter."

Ooo, perhaps a new tag line for the next Carnival Cruise ad?

Carnival has said they will refund all passengers' trip expenses as well as offer them a free trip on another Carnival Cruise of their choice and now they've just offered an additional $500 per person. But we're not sure that will take away the awful associations these beleaguered passengers now have with cruises.

Tell us: Would you still take a cruise after having been through a nightmare like this? Would you still take a cruise knowing that something like this could happen? We wanna know! Tell us in comments below!

Archived Comments:

Free Cruise Transferable

Since most of those passengers will never want to step foot on a cruiseship again, Carnival should give the passenger the option of donating their free cruise to one of Carnival's non-profit community partners. That would be good PR and the company could (probably) write-off the cost as a chartible gift.