Carnival Cruises have gotten a well-deserved bad reputation for having ships that catch fire, break down, and otherwise don’t function while thousands of passengers are trying to get their vacation on. Since these highly-publicized mishaps, cruise fares have gone down. Now Bloomberg is reporting that a four-night trip on the cruise ship Imagination leaving Miami on April 22 is $149 per person. That comes to $38 per night, lower, the site says, than a night’s stay at the Motel 6.
No one from the company would comment on the price, but an industry expert says it’s better for Carnival to have people on the ship spending money than to be floating around the Caribbean empty.
Question is: Who’s brave enough to chance making it to the Caribbean and back on schedule and without some sort of issue that could lead to spoiled food and feces on deck?
Adding to those concerns, word this afternoon is that Carnival’s ship, Fascination, has failed a health inspection. “The inspectors found a number of violations on the Fascination including not enough chlorination at the ship’s water park, salad bar items not protected by a sneeze shield and not enough lighting for cleaning in several food-related areas,” says USA Today. There were also flies found and something called a “roach nymph” that sounds particularly disgusting. A spokesperson for the company says that a failing grade is a “rare occurrence” and they want a re-inspection ASAP.
There are better uses for $149.