Amen to what Nancy said, and yet... I am so totally frustrated by what I am seeing on TV- complete breakdown of disaster response- it is almost incredible to watch. TV newsmen are shouting desperately into the camera, news trucks rolling by, and FEMA says it has no way of getting to the people? How about FEMA saying it had no idea until Thursday that there were people in the Convention Centre? Did they not catch the last 24 hours of CNN? I could go on here- I am sure we all could- but nowhere in my wildest dreams of where my tax money was going, never in my life, ever, did I think that we would be part of such a monumental failure that CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES would be a realistic option for emergency housing. It boggles the mind. If the Amish can build a barn in an afternoon, and military bases are closed left right and center and could easily be a housing option, and hospitals and schools are consolidated every day and could surely provide shelter, etcetera, then how is it possible that elderly people who have lost their homes and families are a good fit for a cruise ship? Can we all just ponder the insanity of that? What about the isolation factor for them?
I don't blame anyone for being upset- to say the least- that their cruise was yanked out from under them by fate. Hell, I would be, too- not really for myself AT ALL, but for my children. But don't be upset with CCL- be upset with the complete incompetents that are supposed to close the safety net around us. That's what we pay them for. So remember that the next time an 80 year old lady has to take her shoes off at the airport- your tax dollars, well spent.
I sure am glad that no 80 year old lady terrorists have decided to pile on this week. We seem to be even more vulnerable than we were even yesterday- 10,000 more troops being sent to Iraq as of today.
I am not stupid enough to engage in a discussion of the racial stratification in this tragedy- that is a no win argument either way. All I see is that the kids and the elderly get nailed again.
The hurricane is a huge, horrible disaster. It sickens me to look at the destruction of the coast, a place I know well. I was actually in Camille as a child- my Dad worked at the shipyard in Pascagoula. I remember well what Biloxi looked like then. But the real tragedy here is our preparedness, communication, incompetence- you name it.
I hear you. I would be completely bummed and frustrated if I were missing my cruise as well. It is possible to be grief stricken about what is happening with those poor people AND upset about missing one's vacation. Vacation- and cruise- seem like hedonistic terms here, but we all know that for most people on this site, a vacation comes along once a year and involves children or other family members. It is critically important for our well being, as well as for our family bond, to get away from the sturm und drang and relax and get to know each other all over again. Being upset about that does not make you LESS upset about the NOLA situation.
There are plenty of more suitable places to house these poor people, but apparently in the disaster preparedness summits no one ever thought of where that would be. So CCL stepped in. I think it is a great move. God knows what it will cost them. Raoul did the math a while back on the refunds, maybe he can take a stab at what the loss will be. It is a dicey PR
move, however... the funnel will become the hallmark of three refugee ships. If you juxtapose elderly people being pushed through disgusting water in shopping carts with Formal Night it is bizarre to say the least. People keep talking about GI diseases, sewage, etc., and I wonder how that is going to fit with the CCL brand, you know? Who is going to want to be on the first cruise, post-diaspora?
Man, I hope I didn't flame you all out here. Just frustrated. CCL is doing a very very good thing. They are the first corp to help out in terms of catual roofs over people's heads. The other lines are now noticeable by their silence.