Will Cruise’s Woes Change Your Vacation Plans?

Passengers of the cruise ship Triumph endured filthy conditions for nearly a week after power was lost due to an engine-room fire. Tell us if the incident will make you rethink traveling on a cruise liner.

Overflowing toilets, bad smells and food shortages aren’t the typical features of one’s dream vacation, but for passengers of the cruise ship Triumph last week, it was a reality.

About 3,000 passengers endured those conditions while the Carnival cruise liner was disabled for five days, the Associated Press reported. The problems arose after the ship lost power due to a fire in the engine room.

Carnival has offered the affected passengers a full refund on their cruise and transportation expenses, credit for a future cruise, $500 per person and more, the AP reported Saturday, but one passenger has already sued the company, seeking unspecified damagers.

Since families may have vacations on their minds this week, if not already on them—students in some school districts, including those in Douglas and Paulding counties, are on winter break­—we wanted to know if the headlines originating from this story have impacted you:

Will the malfunctions on the Triumph make you rethink traveling on a cruise?

Share what’s on your mind with us, and then return here to see what your neighbors in Paulding, Douglas and Cobb have said.

Marlene Mitchell February 18, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Won't rethink whether or not I cruise just the quality of the cruise line. Can someone tell me why the passengers weren't taken off the ship once they started having problems?? Cruise ships do it all the time when at a destination that won't allow the ship to pull into port. They just shuttle the passengers back and forth. Been there, done that.
Lisa Cooper February 18, 2013 at 02:07 PM
I've never wanted to take an ocean cruise. Vacationing with four to five thousand folks is NOT my idea of a vacation, and there are too many things that go wrong. If I was ever going to take any type of trip by ship or boat, it would be a Viking River Cruise or something smaller and more intimate. I've never heard of any of their passengers being held captive for days while the company decides how to handle the situation.
Sandra Lloyd February 19, 2013 at 08:51 AM
It actually did make me re-think cruising...or at least the cruise line; but then I thought about all the successful, uneventful cruises that take place daily and realized that like a plane crash, this was an abnormality. I did wonder about the length of time that it took for "rescue"...to make all those people suffer like that for that long is unthinkable! Having said that, my Women's Ministry group has booked a cruise for this September so...I'll go cruising away!
Michele Cox February 20, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Being the wife and caregiver for a quadriplegic, I can tell you that I deal with bodily wastes on a daily basis. I'm sorry for those folks who had to experience bad smells, dirty floors and being really inconvenienced. They should live a few days in my shoes--these are a way of life. We went on a cruise of a lifetime recently, and it was wonderful. I will go on one again. Possibly a more upscale cruise line like we were on would have treated them better, but it did sound like the staff went out of their way to take care of them.
Bob February 25, 2013 at 09:15 PM
I also heard that the staff was wonderful, It was upper management who made the decisions as to what to do with the passengers. Is anyone really surprised that the least costly solution (at least in the short run) was the one chosen by these guys?? Got to protect profits and management's bonuses, don't you know.


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