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February 16, 2013

The Floating World

Carnival Cruise Ship Hit With First Lawsuit Over 'Floating Hell' "Plaintiff was forced to subsist for days in a floating toilet, a floating Petri dish, a floating hell."

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 16, 2013 8:50 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Whatever happened to tossing it overboard? EPA spank?

Posted by: BillH at February 16, 2013 9:20 AM

I am sure a few people did toss it overboard. However you need a container to transport it out of the cabin and the ships are triangle shaped. If you are in an upper cabin you have to carry it down to a lower level to toss it over, otherwise it just ends up on the level below you.

I think the main problem was that the holding tanks somehow leaked into the public hallways of the lower levels.

Posted by: Mickey at February 16, 2013 9:30 AM

This is the problem with minute by minute management. Ultimately the lawsuits will be far more expensive than expeditious transport off the boat would have been. But in the first hour or day, the cruise line lacked the willpower to make that long term call.

And no excuse for those on board, who could have canvassed their own ranks, found some senior military/medical experience and worked out a viable logistics system. People have kept themselves clean, safe, and the vulnerable ones fed in far worse situations.

Obama thinking meets the real, sewage-infused world. The Monday morning quarterbacking will be brutal.

Posted by: raincityjazz at February 16, 2013 9:45 AM

Oh yes, must be hell. Five days bivouacking in better style than our troops in Afghanistan. At least they weren't getting shot at.

The cruise lines have very tight contracts that are a part of every passenger ticket. The passengers who sue will have to prove the cruise line was negligent in maintenance and could have predicted this engine fire. Good luck with that.

As to offloading in Mexico or Mobile. Yes, that was a dollars and cents decision. Airfares @$200/passenger times 3000 = $600,000. Now they're offering all passengers $500 each, which is $1.5 million. They probably should have chosen offloading in Mexico,(although how long would it have taken to get 10 charter airplanes in there and were there enough hotel rooms, etc.) but there was nothing criminal or negligent in their decision.

Posted by: Jimmy J. at February 16, 2013 3:39 PM

Another set of lawsuits that expain why the country is dying. Sue over everything and anything. Something went wrong, I'm not hurt but give me money.

Posted by: malta at February 16, 2013 4:03 PM

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