Carnival Cruise CEO: We’re Trying to Make Everyone Comfortable On That Stranded And Disgusting Ship

February 13, 2013  |  

The Coast Guard patrols near the stranded cruise ship Triumph. AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard- Lt. Cmdr. Paul McConnell

In an attempt to do a little damage control, Gerry Cahill, the CEO of the cruise company Carnival, said in a news conference yesterday that they’re doing what they can to make passengers aboard the ship stranded in the Gulf of Mexico as comfortable as possible.

“No one here from Carnival is happy about the conditions on board the ship,” quotes USA Today. “We obviously are very, very sorry about what is taking place.”

Conditions on the ship have been deteriorating, and the media has been there to report it. I’ve heard the TODAY show report on the status of the passengers on the boat (it’s called the Triumph), each morning this week, with people reporting toilets that don’t flush and high temperatures because of a lack of A/C, which make certain rooms without windows hot and stuffy.

Cahill, during yesterday’s press conference. AP Photo/Carnival Cruise Lines, Andy Newman

USA Today continues:

Passengers on the 102,000-ton ship who have been able to reach relatives and news outlets have described overflowing toilets and a stench so bad that it was making some passengers sick.

“There’s water and feces all over the floor,” one of the passengers told her husband, Brian Nutt, in a call from the ship on Monday. “The whole ship stinks extremely badly.”

There are concerns that people can become sick as a result of the conditions.

The ship became stranded on Sunday after a fire knocked out its systems. A couple of passengers in need of medical attention have been evacuated. Mobile phone service has been intermittent. And fresh water and certain supplies have been delivered to the ship. Otherwise, passengers are waiting while Triumph is towed to Mobile, AL. It’s expected to reach the dock on Thursday. About 1,500 rooms in Mobile and New Orleans have been reserved for the rescued passengers. CNN says chartered flights will take passengers to Houston the following day in order to head home. There are about 4,000 people on board, including the crew.

Carnival has cancelled the next dozen trips on the Triumph.

Have you ever taken a cruise? Would you take one?


Trending on MadameNoire

View Comments
Comment Disclaimer: Comments that contain profane or derogatory language, video links or exceed 200 words will require approval by a moderator before appearing in the comment section. XOXO-MN
  • FromUR2UB

    I’m wondering why they didn’t send another cruise ship, or two, to put those people on so they wouldn’t have to exist like that for several days? Those people are going to need therapy when this is finally over for them, in addition to some immediate health care. I had been planning to go on a cruise with my daughers later this year. I’m hoping that what happened to those people on that ship will be just one unfortunate, isolated incident.

    • FromUR2UB

      Maybe ships shouldn’t be given names like that…names that are somewhat arrogant. It almost seems like a call and challenge to the Universe to bring them down. As my mom used to say, they’re just “setting themselves up for a big fall”.

  • LC

    I’m so sorry to hear about this, but I LOVE cruises & will be going on one this summer.

  • JewelThompson

    It’s a shame that Carnival doesn’t have a better plan or resources to get those people off of that boat. What if there was a hurricane happening in the midst of all of this or something worse? After being on a cruise out of NY that was headed for the Bahamas, didn’t get any further than Norfolk, VA because of a faulty part had to turn back, I haven’t been on a cruise since then (2007) and don’t plan to.

    • MLS2698

      Hush, now! I’m leaving from Norfolk this summer on the Carnival Glory! It’s going to be great, and it will be my first cruise. Hush, I say! Lol

      • JewelThompson

        O.K. I hope you have a WONDERFUL time – seriously! 🙂

        • MLS2698

          Yes. 🙂

  • Candacey Doris

    Every time i think about taking a cruise a story like this or that tragedy on the Costa Concordia comes out. I’m thinking that I am not meant to go on a cruise. I hope no one on this ship gets sick and they are able to reach Alabama ok.

  • sabrina

    I have been on one, but only from Florida to the Bahamas. After hearing this though, I don’t care to be on one agan.

  • Guest

    No I haven’t and I wont. As tempting as they sometimes are, my phobia for water is crippling…..even further by these stories. If I were in an accident or in danger of dying, let me be on land where i’m closer to help and my chances of survival are higher.

    • MLS2698

      I have a phobia of water too, that’s why I got a balcony room for my mother and me. I can’t sleep in a closet-type room, and if something happens, I can jump the hell off the balcony, hopefully! But nothing is going to happen, it will be great. * repeating last sentence over and over *

      • JewelThompson

        Just bring some snacks with you really like with you and make sure you get on the ship in time for the info session.

      • Guest

        Have fun. Nothing will happen. And good for you for facing on your fear.

  • Kenedy

    No i have never, and no i will never…my fear for ships is so immense just standing ashore, looking at one, can’t imagine what it would be like if i actually got on one