It’s about time Carnival got their crap together. After all, when you have a major PR disaster that’s when its time to vamp up your performance and do some stellar sailing, until the public forgets the whole affair. It wasn’t too long ago that the ill-named Carnival ship Triumph was crippled and arrived days late to a port in Alabama — covered in human waste and deeply dampered passengers. Well while that ship is still being repaired, another fiasco is afoot: the Carnival Dream has had a generator failure, leaving the ship docked at Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The elevators don’t work — hell, the toilets don’t work! — but nobody is being let off the ship.
One passenger said his friends joshed him for choosing Carnival after their Triumphant failure, and he responded “What are the odds of it happening to two ships in such a short period of time?” and then added wryly, “Look what happened now.”
“We are not allowed off the boat,” said another passenger, Jonathan Evans of Reidsville, North Carolina, “despite the fact that we have no way to use the restrooms on board. The cruise director is giving passengers very limited information and tons of empty promises. What was supposed to take an hour has turned into 7-plus hours.”
Gregg Stark, another traveler accompanied by wife and two young children, told CNN “There’s human waste all over the floor in some of the bathrooms and they’re overflowing — and in the state rooms. The elevators have not been working. They’ve been turning them on and off, on and off.”
So Triumph was a triumphant disaster, and the Dream is more like a nightmare. But that doesn’t mean Carnival is failing, right? But then there’s the 100 Royal Caribbean passengers who got hit with gastrointestinal virus. Going on a cruise sounds much less tempting than it once did. Why not schedule a gentle staycation where the toilets work and the passengers aren’t getting violently ill all around you?