Thursday, November 11, 2010
Overheard on Cruise blues


COMMENT OF THE DAY: "I really need to start printing T-shirts that say, 'My grandparents went on a Carnival Cruise and all I got was this T-shirt and a box of Pop Tarts.'" --MaryLandMom (Photo: Courtesy Jim Grant)


Imagine being stuck at sea on a luxurious boat and eating Pop Tarts. Toilet problems and power outages notwithstanding, a few readers said the stranded cruise ship passengers aboard the Carnival Splendor couldn't really complain given all the suffering that goes on in the world. Others sympathized with the passengers' harrowing holiday, while still more imagined many of the passengers would have a great horror story to tell at cocktail parties.


Check out what readers had to say about this and other talked-about stories today:


Passengers: Mayo sandwiches, showering in the dark on cruise ship


JerseyMare said, "I feel that Carnival is doing what they can for these passengers to make the best out of a bad situation. For these people to think they had it so bad, let them go back and watch videos of what the Chilean miners had to endure for MONTHS." EvlScientist said, "If you choose to set sail in the middle of the ocean, maybe you should expect the worst."


But compensation can't make up for a ruined vacation, biketrip said. "Look, these folks had to take off a couple of weeks of work, right? That cost alone is way above what they are doing for them." dtboco3 wrote, "You would be upset too if you had paid thousands of dollars for a vacation and instead ended up adrift in the Pacific." In a separate comment, dtboco3 also noted, "Aside from the losing power part, it would actually make for an amazing vacation story."


Pilots urged to avoid body scanning


Ah, airline security. The wait, the sock feet, and sometimes even machines that can see you naked. Pilots' unions for US Airways and American Airlines are urging their members to avoid full-body scanning at airport security checkpoints, citing health risks and concerns about intrusiveness and security officer behavior. Our commenters sat on both sides of the aisle, and few were content with the window seat.


"This is why your dentist doesn't just hang out next to you while youre getting X-rayed," said effedup. "Because he does it 100 times a day and would glow in the dark if he did. Or turn into a superhero. Or get cancer and die." But JadeFalcon60 said, "I'm a little bit confused here, but I fail to see why a pilot or any of the flight crew should be any more exempt from a body scan over the passengers. The pilots and flight crew after all are the very ones who have control over everything on the plane."


Scientists discover unknown lizard species at lunch buffet


Researchers' determination that "undocumented lizards" could be found in Vietnam's diners was a recipe for conversation. story commenters had lots to say not only about the practice of eating lizards, but also the culinary presentation of the meal in the photo. Stir in Geico gecko references, add some scientific analyses and let sit until clever puns start popping up.


Badger905 said the dish looked, "far healthier than the processed foods you find on the grocery store shelves in America. However, those tomatoes look kinda nasty." AlteredEgo proposed "lizard on a stick, corn dog style," and bbare89 suggested it be served "with bald eagle cakes and Brachiosaurus burgers," possibly "dipped in owl gravy" as NewTrends proposed. Meanwhile, plenty of commenters applied the scientific method. Linear was hoping to hear "more about the species" of female lizards that reproduce on their own. SammG, a botanist, said, "Any biologist working in developing countries knows to check out plant and animal markets from time to time."


YOUR TURN: Now that you've read what other people are saying, do you find that your views align with theirs? Think of this as a wishing well in need of your 2 cents. Post a comment below or sound off on video. Compiled by the comment moderation staff. Some comments edited for length and clarity.

November 11, 2010
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My daughter and her husband were supposed to take this very ship on Sunday Nov. 14th. Now they are going to be lying on the beach in Maui.  Much safer..

November 11, 2010
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November 11, 2010
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Epic Fail??? You people have forgotten The Titanic? At least the Carnival ship still floating with all passangers!

November 11, 2010
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no big deal. pop tarts and spam are more appealing than a Carnival buffet.

November 11, 2010
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Something the world has forgotten... Accidents happen. Rich or poor.

November 11, 2010
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Hey this could happen to any cruise line.  It was NOT an epic fail it was the luck of the draw.

November 11, 2010
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Carnival Splendor is a $750,000.00 ship able to carry 5000 passenger and does not have a "Disaster Recovery" program to insure backup generators to supply the bare minimums is UNACCEPTABLE.. Contingency planning is missing. WHY? 

November 11, 2010
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4,500 people without a working toilet.  One has to wonder how they improvised.  Men have a little earier time if they can find a lee side rail in the dark, but I have to wonder if the rooms had waste baskets, etc.  I have been on some long airline flights where you did not want to go into a restroom by the end of the flight.  I can't imagine what this cruise ship was like when it reached port.

November 12, 2010
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Last week we had an airliner with a turbine fan failure.  Tore up the wing but the plane was still able to safely return to the airport.  This week a ship has a fire so big it wiped out the engineering plant.  These are engineering triumphs.  Both these situations could have easily ended the with loss of life.  Instead the design and systems were in place to prevent catastrophe.  The talented people that helped to bring this engineering to fruition are now most likely retired.  My sincere wish is that our generation can do more then just complain and work to make our world a little better.

November 12, 2010
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Cruise: EPIC FAIL... Many people have to fly to get to a cruise departure city from other parts of the country. These flights will not be comped and they will have to purchase more flights to get to the "free" cruise they are being offered as compensation.

November 12, 2010
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Total FAIL for the cheapskates that booked an inside cabin.

If you booked the Presidential suite your experience was way better than if you booked an inside stateroom. Fresh air and daylight instead of dark and stuffy. Plus in the end you wouldn't have had to pay for it anyway since Carnival is refunding everyone on board.

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