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Carnival Plans a $70 Million Port Investment in Haiti

Where: Haiti
August 13, 2014 at 7:40 AM | by | ()

The cruise business must be going well for the people over at Carnival, as they have a whole bunch of money available to invest in a brand new port.

All in all it looks like the cruise line will be throwing down around $70 million to build a brand new private port in Haiti. Once completed this will be the seventh port owned and operated by Carnival down in the Caribbean, and this one will be located on Tortuga Island—it looks like it’s somewhat off Port-de-Paix on the country’s northwestern coastline.

Apparently this is going to be the largest investment in Haiti as far as the cruise industry is concerned, but of course we have to ask if there’s better ways to invest in Haiti rather than tourism—we’ll just leave it as that.

[Photo: Lisa Andres]

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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!

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What It's Like to Be Stuck Onboard a Crippled Cruise Ship

Where: Mexico
February 12, 2013 at 10:31 AM | by | ()

Yikes. If you haven't already heard, there's a Carnival Cruise ship drifting without electricity (and, thus, propulsion) in the Caribbean. It's the Carnival Triumph, a megaship which embarked on a 4-night cruise from Galveston, Texas over the weekend, only to be crippled by an engine room fire on Sunday. Not much was known about the state of the ship and onboard conditions for the passengers until several were able to place phone calls when a sister Carnival ship came to the Triumph's aid with backup food and water.

The ship is being pushed by two tugboats from her position off the coast of Mexico and she should reach Mobile, Alabama on Thursday.

Still, this is one more entry into our series of "The Evolution of Cruise Ships," as events like this do happen as much as you pray they won't on your cruise. In fact, one of our friends suffered a similar fate on her cruise, though it took place before the age of cellphones/internet/immediate news dissemination.

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