The stranded Carnival cruise ship with over four thousand people on board is expected to slosh into San Diego sometime tomorrow. People are trapped on board. Even without the fire and the loss of engines, aren't passengers on a cruise ship kind of trapped anyway? Suppose someone decides, under normal circumstances, that they want off. What are the options?
Apparently since the engine room fire there has been no cell phone service. Luckily, though, one member of one stranded family was able to constantly update her Facebook page. The United States Navy has delivered and continues to deliver crab meat, croissants, pop tarts and Spam. The trip is free to everyone on board. They get their money back, they get to shut off their cell phones, and they get to eat junk food with no guilt because aside from the tons of other non perishable junk food already on board they can eat Navy junk food. I wonder why no one is mentioning the gallons and gallons of booze for which cruise ships are famous. Huh? Come on. Do we really think there has been one sober person on that ship since the engines quit running? Would you be sober?
The Carnival Cruise Line people have got to be kicking themselves. They could have charged double for this cruise instead of giving it away for free. Junk food, no cell phones, and enough booze to float, well, a cruise ship.
This time next year the lines waiting to buy tickets for a planned adventure such as this will be around the dock and only the very rich will be able to afford the price of the tickets.
Mark my words.