A few months ago, there was a flurry of news items about the plight of the Carnival Triumph, a ship which due to power failures was uncooled, unable to move, and had nonfunctional toilets. And cold food from the buffet. It was variously styled the Poop Cruise or the Cruise from Hell.
Anyway, the ship had to be towed back to the U.S., before docking in Mobile. A further indignity for many passengers.
It was a hot, miserable experience for the passengers. I wonder why they had to sail back all the way back to the U.S.A. Couldn't they land at some nearby port and charter flights for the passengers back home?
But, like other nautical misadventurous smaller than the Titantic class, this faded from public consciousness due to other, more current news.
But how did a cruise of this type affect the passengers? I suspect that some might have sworn off sailing forever; but there would be others who might have seen it as a "unique experience," one to provide a topic of conversation in the future. After all, humans do enjoy reliving past experiences; and their memories of adverse ones are sometimes softened with time, provided they are not too traumatic. They may come to see it as a test that they passed.
And, who knows, maybe there will be Cruise from Hell reunions in the future. As a matter of fact, a canny cruise company might employ that for one of its currently popular theme cruises.
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