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.
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?