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Old 11-26-2010, 07:35 PM
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I enjoyed reading this thread. As a newspaper reporter, I always bristle when I hear everyone blaming everything on "THE MEDIA" but I have to say, as everyone else did, all I heard was positive things in articles and on TV from passengers who praised John Heald and the crew. Sounds like Carnival really stepped up with the compensation for the passengers; I think it was a smart PR move to do it BEFORE people went ballistic and clamored for it. Love Carnival, can't wait to sail them again...

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Old 11-27-2010, 05:57 AM
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most business and I am sure Carnival does too, has a catastropic clause in there insurance policy.
when Eastern N C was hit by horrible flooding my hubby was out of work for 9 weeks because the company he works for was under water and then down for repairs. He never missed a paycheck because of the insurance coverage.
Carnival is the great cruise line they are because they take care of their employees which in turn takes great care of the guest.
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Old 12-06-2010, 03:42 AM
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Seems that the ship will be back sooner than they thought? I thought it was out til feb. but I see you can book for jan 2011

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Old 12-11-2010, 05:31 PM
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Originally posted by Dave:
Barbara Dillon sounds like the kind of person I'd love to have on any cruise I take! What a great upbeat attitude!
Hi Dave,
I guess I have been described as seeing life as a glass-full perspective. It was such a great experience! I realize not for Carnival but I really appreciate everything that everyone did for us. And you know what - with a good attitude you can have a great adventure!
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Old 12-11-2010, 05:34 PM
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Originally posted by Dwayne:
I read the Spam was not served to the crew either from someone on the ship. I can see why the repairs would take longer than what one would normally expect as they need to fix what caused this. It doesn't seem normal for a single generator out of six to shut down a ship. I can imagine lots of re-wiring to be done. I am amazed they got the EVAC toilet system working. They sure did an awesome job with this given what they were facing. I also give Kudos to Carnival for going a step above what is typical in compensation for such an event.
Hi Dwayne,
I don't know what the big deal about SPAM was. We did not receive any (the guests) and if we had I would have appreciated it! After all - in this situation any food is good. Carnival,and everyone else involved was great!
Wish more of the good press showed instead of the negative.
Barbara Dillon
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Old 12-11-2010, 08:04 PM
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I wish the press would show more positive commentary too. They wanted to exaggerate the situation and focus on the negative as usual. They actually were having a hard time finding people to speak ill of Carnival. I would have been happy with Spam as well. It's better than Treet and I lived on it for nearly 2 weeks once without a Sara Lee croissant. The press was trying to make a big comparison between luxury food and Spam is all I can figure.

I do feel bad for the people who had their vacation plans ruined. Especially first time cruisers with hopes dashed of seeing the port of calls for the first time. I do believe Carnival did everything right by them though for this unfortunate situation. Ship happens, it's part of the adventure.

I also want to thank you for your first hand account of this.

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Old 12-21-2010, 06:49 PM
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It was fun! I really meant it!
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Old 12-21-2010, 06:51 PM
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Life is not always what we expect - and believe me this cruise was very unexpected - fun and an adventure!
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Old 12-28-2010, 10:42 AM
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I just wrote a blog update about the Splendor fire for CruiseMates. Disturbing reports have been released by the Coast Guard. You can read it here.
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Old 12-28-2010, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Dave View Post
I just wrote a blog update about the Splendor fire for CruiseMates. Disturbing reports have been released by the Coast Guard. You can read it here.
Hi Dave, that was a good article. I think Costa Cruise lines should take a very close look at the Concordia Class Ships.

In 1969, the Canadian Navy suffered its worst peace time accident on the destroyer HMCS Kootany. A gearbox exploded in the engine room, and 9 sailors were KIA. 2 tragic lessons were learned.

1. Never use aluminum for escape ladders
2. Each compartment must have 2 exits

When the Captain submitted his report, he had nothing but praise for the crew stating that "any lesser crew would have ended the day in life rafts".
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