No Tickets to Paradise

15 02 2013

I’ve never been on a cruise; it really isn’t something I feel I’ve missed out on by not being on one.  And in the light of the numerous issues on recent cruises that have hit the news media, I am not certain I really have missed out on either.  As the most recent news wave about the Triumph and what individuals have endured during their cruise unfolds, I have to give pause about the lawsuits that many people are calling frivolous.  Seeing the videos and images from passengers, I can’t really say that I blame them for suing Carnival – and I am typically a very anti-lawsuit type of person.

I try to imagine saving up for a holiday cruise, whether for my husband I, or for our whole family, I would still be socking money away for a few months to afford such a trip.  For us, a trip is never just a trip.  Putting our pets into boarding averages about $1000 a week.  And the average cost is $50 a day per person for a cruise, so let’s say it’s a five-day cruise for my family.  At a minimum, I’m looking $2000, not including spending money, travel to the port, etc.  Even at a generous saving rate, we’re talking six months of saving money for this trip to avoid disruption to our income.  At this point, we’ve burnt our vacation hours from work for this trip, and six months of savings to go on the Triumph.

Now let’s see – we’ve had a few beautiful days on this tropical cruise.  And just as we’re winding down to return to reality, the boat engine catches fire.  My family is in no danger, but I have to calm my children as the boat lists and tilts.  Power cuts out and chaos ensues.  Anyone who has ever watched the movie the Titanic would likely be on edge, much less a child in an unfamiliar place with this kind of drama.  And imagining enduring this from Sunday through Thursday – I can’t.

Add to this the spoiled food, lack of air conditioning, and lack of communication with the outside world to know that there will be any type of resolution outside of what I am told by the cruise ship employees.  At this point, I’m seething.  I know I would be angry, scared and emotionally traumatized.  And I’ve not even begun to factor in the health risks.

Human waste, streaming down walls of rooms and onto mattresses where people sleep.  Human waste seeping onto the floors – we’re told to a depth that passengers had to “wade” through it to get to the cafeteria areas?  Human waste.  That amounts to urine, feces, vomit and bodily fluids.  All contaminants that could transfer diseases not limited to HIV/AIDs, Hepatitis.  And even waste being inhaled is dangerous – the methane and ammonia gases to name a few – can cause death to brain cells and cause motor issues and long-term breathing troubles.  And of course the moisture forming molds and fungi being inhaled.  Simply put, the potential health issues are endless and could take months to fully present themselves.

Now, after this five days of hell, yes hell, the cruise ship is finally tugged to shore and the company has offered to refund the $1000 for the cruise cost.  And give me $500 for my trouble.  And paying my way home and any nights’ stay in hotels until I get home.  And vouchers for another cruise should I ever dare to set foot on their ship again.

I’ve no idea what types of health issues are lurking in our bodies, I’ve incurred an additional $1000 for the boarding costs, an additional $100 for the long-term parking costs, and an additional week of missed work that is unpaid.  So my $1000 refund for the cruise costs reimburses my additional boarding costs, and between the four members of my family we have $2000 to cover the lost week of work for my husband and I and our parking costs.

So in the end – we barely break even.  And we still have yet to look at the potential health issues and any emotional issues that require attention for our children.  If I don’t sue, I kiss goodbye any rights to later hold Carnival accountable for health issues.

And I still never got a vacation.

Yeah, I would sue.


Gaga’s Prime Rib

21 09 2010

I’ve never been a fan of Lady Gaga.  To me she’s nothing more than Howard Stern in drag.  I’ve never found myself humming along with her vocally challenged ballads.  In fact, I was actually surprised when I happened to view the dueling piano routine she did with Sir Elton John, I never realized she had any notable talent; but it wasn’t significant enough for me to change my mind about her flash in the pan success with extremism. Read the rest of this entry »

Alcatraz, North Fort Myers, Florida

18 09 2010

You know how some palatial homes are given names by their owners, Sea Pine, Twelve Oaks, Monticello, The Poucelli…I’ve decided we too should name our home.  Alcatraz.  It’s what it has seemed like for the past week and continues still.  There is so much I could write and say I don’t know where to stop and start.  I’ve been writing this particular blog for a week now, and still have countless words to say.  But, I have to hit post at some point right? Read the rest of this entry »

Define Legal Interaction

15 07 2010

I’ve spent about two weeks now working on teaching my children the entirety of the Civil War, from one hundred years prior through the end and trying to help them fully grasp everything that was at stake in the war.  As we discussed states’ rights and federal will, I started looking more in depth at the issue brewing with Arizona, and I wonder if they will once again secede from the Nation. Read the rest of this entry »

For her child’s sake…

13 07 2010

A little over a year ago I wrote about my irritations with Sarah Palin’s daughter following her interview with Fox News wherein she stated that abstinence isn’t realistic for teenagers.  Since then, her mother is no longer a candidate for any political offices, Bristol and her baby daddy have broken off their engagement and followed that up with mud slinging that could only be learned in a political family, they fought for custody of the baby, defamed each other, and have since gotten engaged once more.  Personally, I really wish to hear nothing more from either of them, despite the fact that if I had to choose one I respected more it would be Levi.   Read the rest of this entry »

Around the world…

12 06 2010

“It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.”  ~ George William Curtis Read the rest of this entry »

Grieving families have rights too

31 03 2010

I am normally a proponent of Voltaire’s infamous quote I disagree with what you say but I shall defend to the death your right to say it.  I say normally because up until about 9 am this morning I had always been a supporter of this belief.  I’d never had a reason not to believe that as human beings, no matter our nationality, we have the right from birth to speak freely and express our unique thoughts to others.  It is one of the fundamental rights we have as Americans as well, being protected by the First Amendment even. Read the rest of this entry »