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“Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse.” Yes, we’ve heard these words before but this time they were more than true. Remember that cruise ship, the Carnival cruise liner Triumph which had to be towed due to a fire in the engine room on February 10, 2013? You know the one. The one with the passengers who had no air conditioning, hot water or working bathrooms for five days. Well, let’s just say that the story didn’t end there.

You see, they did finally get off that ship but getting off wasn’t, shall we say any better. What’s worse than being trapped on a dung smelling ship? How about being in the dung! You think I’m joking? I wouldn’t do that to you. At least, not about this.

On February 15, 2013 those some of those same passengers who got off the ship in Mobile, Alabama go onto a charter bus. They were headed to New Orleans. Several hours into their bus trip the next phase occurred and not to anyone’s liking. They went off the road and where they landed was one of the most distasteful and unhappy places they could find themselves.

They had landed in a local sewage treatment plant. Their bus found itself over seventy percent inside the concrete sewage tank. Passengers, who had only had to put up with the smell of sewage on shipboard, now found themselves covered in it.

Their reward for being in the thick of it, an apology from Carnival and the offer of 100 Loyalty Club points to use on a future cruise. One would have to be loyal to use those points. While it is cold here in the Chicagoland Midwest, I think I’ll brave it and stay out of Carnival’s business. I’m sure they are a fine cruise line with many wonderful places to go and have just hit a rough patch like most of us do in our lives but for now I’ll be me and stay on land. You?

Imagine yourself relishing the thought of a wonderful vacation on a cruise ship. All the comforts of home but you don’t have to work for them. Imagine all the food you normally couldn’t afford and wouldn’t know how to make if you did. Now imagine entertainment every night with live shows and movies. There will be new people and new faces everywhere and not an enemy in sight. That is what you think of when you think of a cruise but for those on the Carnival cruise liner Triumph it just wasn’t an average cruise. It was the cruise from hell!

To these passengers, their vacation was anything of a triumph. They dreamed of warm sunny days in the Gulf of Mexico. When they were too hot, there was always air conditioning, a far cry from the normal frigid winters in many areas of the U.S. Then, the unexpected happened to change everything.

On February 10, 2013 a fire broke out in one of the engine rooms. Since it was quickly extinguished and no one was hurt, the 4,200 passengers and crew probably thought there wouldn’t be a whole lot of difference to their cruise experience, especially since there were two engines. Their assumptions soon proved to be wrong as there was shared cabling to the two engines and the fire had put that out of commission. The ship was left crippled with only its emergency backup power. They were adrift.

To reach shore, Triumph had to be towed. For five days these once happy passengers were without air conditioning, hot water and possibly more importantly – working bathrooms. Their trip could only be described as an ordeal.

Source Sited: The Onion, Tuesday,  February 15, 2013

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