Italian-run Carnival Cruises can be Deadly

  • Suetonius

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    Jan 14, 2012 5:20 PM GMT
    Before you book a cruise on an Italian cruise ship, consider:
    Tragic but unfortunately true, Carnival's Italian cruise ship operations are terribly unsafe. Imagine "the Titanic." Luxury cruise ship hits a rock; begins to sink; passengers told "don't worry;" passengers not instructed to go to lifeboats; ship sinks with most lifeboats not launched; 70 dead or missing. That's Italy (in 2012, would you believe.)
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gRZIWyfwdsvTEhuf_9HxHti8joaw?docId=0b26cb0e5bba4c7b9162bc08c8a93490

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    Jan 14, 2012 8:09 PM GMT
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    Jan 14, 2012 10:37 PM GMT
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    Alright..this was actually funny.
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    Jan 14, 2012 11:28 PM GMT
    Dying off the coast of Italy is still better than being alive in some places.
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    Jan 15, 2012 2:24 AM GMT
    I've been considering Mediterranean cruises recently. The sad part is that this hasn't changed my mind.
  • kuroshiro

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    Jan 15, 2012 3:57 AM GMT
    That article is so overly dramatic it's not even funny.

    Valerie Ananias, 31, a schoolteacher from Los Angeles who was traveling with her sister and parents."Have you seen 'Titanic'? That's exactly what it was,"


    Really now? Last I checked, that ship hit an iceberg in the middle of the frigid ocean... and not in the somewhat warm waters of the Mediterranean. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 15, 2012 4:08 AM GMT
    kuroshiro saidThat article is so overly dramatic it's not even funny.

    Valerie Ananias, 31, a schoolteacher from Los Angeles who was traveling with her sister and parents."Have you seen 'Titanic'? That's exactly what it was,"


    Really now? Last I checked, that ship hit an iceberg in the middle of the frigid ocean... and not in the somewhat warm waters of the Mediterranean. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Also the way the ship broke apart was grossly exaggerated in the film for dramatic effect. A more accurate comparison would be to the Titanic's sister ship, HMHS Britannic, which struck a mine off the coast of Greece and sank in 400ft of water.
  • Suetonius

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    Jan 15, 2012 3:18 PM GMT
    sweetyork saidI've been considering Mediterranean cruises recently. The sad part is that this hasn't changed my mind.

    Just know how to get to your life preserver at all times, and hope that if the ship hits something, it isn't in the middle of the night.
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    Jan 15, 2012 3:23 PM GMT
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    Jan 15, 2012 3:25 PM GMT
    how is people dying funny?
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    Jan 15, 2012 3:27 PM GMT
    In a related story, there seems to be a rash of Italians faking blindness in that country (I assume in order to get government benefits).
  • Suetonius

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    Jan 15, 2012 3:50 PM GMT
    kuroshiro saidThat article is so overly dramatic it's not even funny.
    Valerie Ananias, 31, a schoolteacher from Los Angeles who was traveling with her sister and parents."Have you seen 'Titanic'? That's exactly what it was,"

    Really now? Last I checked, that ship hit an iceberg in the middle of the frigid ocean... and not in the somewhat warm waters of the Mediterranean. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Well, if you were trying to escape from a sinking ship where the corridors and stairways were at a 45 degree angle or more, without lights - you may have reflected afterward that it was just a bit dramatic - if you lived. She might have sounded dramatic, and that is no doubt why she was quoted, but the situation could have been just as dramatic for her as for someone on the actual (not movie) Titanic. Those who drowned the other day, are just as dead as if they were on the Titanic, even if the water temperature was only 59 degrees.
    Anyway, no one of the 40 or so need have died if the ship had been operated as required by law.
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    Jan 15, 2012 3:52 PM GMT
    northarrow saidUnfortunate but I've been on 8 cruises and can't wait to book the next one.

    But would you book one on a ship run by Italians? By Carnival Cruises?