November 12, 2010

An Adventure At Sea





Yesterday and Today

Himself: Probation ends on Monday. We think they will keep him.

Herself: with the quilt blog too: Threw sweats over my night shirt to dash down and get the photos, but don’t tell anyone. Finished scanning Gunny’s book, and finished putting together the poems for the Poetry Society of America’s Annual Awards. Leftovers for dinner, and they were incredibly good.

My Babylonian Captivity: Chapter November 1 through November 7: Do stop in and read Tugster's experience as a human shield. He writes that, “ i was captured in kuwait (where i was teaching in the kuwaiti air force)….”

4500 adventurous folks headed off from LA on a cruise to Mexico. Off the coast of Ensenada, one of the internal diesel’s split a crankcase. The resultant fire burned through the engine room wiring and the crew could not restart the engines of this Panamanian Carnival Splendor.



By the second day of no power, no hot food, and no toilets that flushed, Carnival opened the bars. The beers were warm, but no one cared.

The Mexican tug, SMBC Monterrey , took the Splendor in tow, and yesterday they arrived safely in San Diego to discharge their passengers just as the Veterans Day Parade began right in front of them. Most passengers, as reported by the San Diego Union Tribune, will enthusiastically take the free cruise Carnival offered. Only a minority will never take a cruise again.

Maritime Matters has a day by day log of the cruise that went nowhere, and Tugster offers closeup photos and names of the tugs that brought the ship to San Diego. The commentary and notes on Maritime Matters bring the two year old ships story of misfortune to light. Tugster’s latest post scoops even the national news with his detailed coverage.







Maritime Matters: Daily updates on the Carnival Splendor Fire

Tugster: Showing the details of the tow

San Diego Union/Tribune: Today’s coverage of the docking and passenger comments

11 comments:

  1. You weren't on the boat, were you? Also, no electricity for the passageways... that and the toilets would be my concerned. Warm drinks and cold food, is no problem at all.

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  2. Now THAT would have been an adventure! I wonder how many bloggers were onboard!

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  3. No electricity (but I'm assuming emergency lighting in the corridors). No water: they had paid to be living like the Hurricane Katrina refugees. And no cell phone coverage.

    It's really scary. Some people could lose themselves in alcohol, but I would be wondering "how do I take my meds?" Or "should I just forget about the meds and let the family sue..."

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  4. It sounds like the crew did everything they could to ensure the safety of the passengers. In spite of Carnival's refunding everyone's fees AND providing a free cruise to all on board, I just know that some people will go ahead and sue, which I think in most cases, is just wrong.

    Just in case, I think I'm going to start traveling with a flashlight and MREs!

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  5. PS I think the fact that you were out in your jammies is just testimony to your exuberance!

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  6. hi mage-- as always, you ARE generous. thank you. and be well.

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  7. I will be quite honest in that I am not a Cruise fan. Many of my relatives love that type of vacation. I always feel a little claustrophobic after a while. I have only been on one cruise and I am glad that others enjoy themselves that way...but I hate crowds anywhere!

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  8. I will be quite honest in that I am not a Cruise fan. Many of my relatives love that type of vacation. I always feel a little claustrophobic after a while. I have only been on one cruise and I am glad that others enjoy themselves that way...but I hate crowds anywhere!

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  9. I will be quite honest in that I am not a Cruise fan. Many of my relatives love that type of vacation. I always feel a little claustrophobic after a while. I have only been on one cruise and I am glad that others enjoy themselves that way...but I hate crowds anywhere!

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  10. Wonderful shots. It must have been a frustrating trip but when things start malfunctioning like that, I'd much rather be on a ship than a plane.

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  11. Everytime I saw this story on the news I thought of you and the many cruises I know you take, AND they were docking in your neck o'the woods.

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