I loved the Royal Caribbean cruise my family and I went on almost two years ago to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and the Bahamas. Even though the ship was a behemoth, I hardly ever felt cramped onboard. While I doubt I’m going to be a repeat cruiser like many are, I wouldn’t mind trying a smaller ship cruise next time around, maybe going to Alaska or the Mediterranean.
But something like this in completely unacceptable:
Carnival cruise ship disaster (my apologies for not being able to embed the video)
When we were researching cruises back in 2011, we decided between Royal Caribbean, Disney and Norwegian. We crossed Carnival off our list immediately. They just screamed cheap and cheesy. And any cruise line that has “The Fun Ships” as its tagline just seems to be reaching.
Carnival just looks snakebitten now. Two and a half years ago, they had something similar happen on board another ship, where the passengers were stranded off the Mexican coast. The ship involved in the current disaster, Triumph, had a propulsion system problem just last month. And one of their subsidiary cruise lines, Costa, was notoriously featured in the complete sinking of large ship off the Italian coast over a year ago.
I don’t know much about the financial picture of Carnival, but I do know they are less expensive than most of the other major cruise lines. That can be an attractive selling point for some and keep others away. But is this company employing too much cost-cutting at the expense of functionality and passenger safety? And I’m sure most other cruise lines have their fair share of problems as well. But it just seems to be happening too often with the Carnival Cruises.