Passengers Praise Crew of Triumph

 About Carnival’s “Triumph”

A Positive Note About Carnival’s “Triumph”

After the Carnival Cruise Ship “Triumph” left Cozumel, the ‘pleasure cruise’ became anything but.  An engine fire left the 900 foot plus vessel without power.  Over 3100 passengers were rendered to a survival state.  The pleasure was gone.

Without power food spoiled, bathrooms ceased to function.  Heating and air conditioning systems were entirely dysfunctional.  Very soon after the fire, food was rationed, passengers waited in lines for several hours to receive sustenance.

Sewage began to seep through the floors.  Toxic odors permeated the ship, creating a condition imitating the most gross and discomforting attempt at humor in a bad movie.

The passengers, who vowed at a rate of almost 100%, said they would never book a Carnival cruise again, however, they were universal in their praise of the 1086 members of the ship’s crew.

From blackjack dealers to chefs to dishwashers, the disparate crew, from about 60 countries, did “things I wouldn’t do,” one passenger said.

Built in 1999, the Triumph spans three football fields, weighs 102,000 tons and covers 13 decks, complete with four swimming pools, seven whirlpools, a giant casino and a relaxing spa. Passengers could dine at an array of restaurants, from the South Beach Club to the Paris Dining Room. They could lap up drinks in many of the ship’s bars, including the Big Easy.

On such a massive ship, the jobs of the 1,086-member crew vary widely. But when emergency calls, their duties shift to make the best of a bad situation. At least two passengers were evacuated, including one for dialysis treatment.

Without functioning toilets, the passengers were given red “biohazard” bags to dispose of biological waste material.  “At first, nobody wants to use it. But, I mean, after a while, you have no choice,” said Darryl Malone, a student at Texas A&M who was vacationing. “It got so bad, I was walking through the ship, and this little girl was like, ‘I need a red bag; I need a red bag.’ ”

Crew members from stewards to casino workers and food servers made an extra effort to calm and ensure passengers that they would be safe.  They checked on passengers around the clock as they slept on decks to make sure they were as comfortable as possible.  They announced “free beer and wine for everybody”.

“The people onboard the ship, the crew, has been amazing,” said Trey Love, who was celebrating his 40th birthday on Triumph.

“They did the dirtiest work,” said Dee Tucker, “doing things I wouldn’t do.”

“We’ve had our breaking moments. We’ve had our panic attacks. But it is what it is,” Bethany Nutt said while the boat was still being tugged toward shore.

Crew member Sachin Sharma of India said workers had no problems with being thrust into the icky job of handling the red bags filled with human waste.

“It’s very simple,” he said, “because we are used to it. That’s why we make the best effort for them. … It’s a part of the job.”

Once again it’s the working people of the world who go beyond their job descriptions and perform duties beyond their specified duties.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

We will read your comment immediately so leave a remark!

RSS Guardian Express

  • NBA Playoffs Houston Rockets vs Portland Trail Blazers Preview April 19, 2014
    If star players are what NBA fans want to see in the playoffs, the upcoming series between the Houston Rockets and the Portland Trail Blazers is going to deliver. The two teams had four all-stars between them, and a number of other big name players. Houston edged out Portland for the four seed and home […]
    Brian Moore
  • Students Pitch Moon Colony Plan to NASA, Has Potential April 19, 2014
    On Thursday this week, a group of 40 senior students from Purdue University, presented their moon colonization plans to a very full room. Listening in were a few of NASA’s administrators, eager to collect ideas and provide feedback. Ever since scientists and aeronautics professionals have looked further into the possibility of sustaining human life outside [
    Brad Johnson
  • NBA Playoffs Dominated by Western Conference April 19, 2014
    This NBA season the Western Conference has proven to be more dominant than the Eastern Conference, as the lowest seeded playoff team in the West has a better record than the third seeded team in the East. This story has been a common theme in the NBA playoff picture for the past 15 years thanks […]
    Eric Kummel
  • Green Bay Packers Singles Can Now Find Love [Satire] April 19, 2014
    Fans of the Green Bay Packers can now find love anywhere thanks to the latest dating web site, GreenBayPackerLovers.com. Cheese head singles looking for the love of a significant other who also who is a Green Bay Packer fan finally have a place to go. Obviously this was long overdue. Of course some would argue Wisconsin is […]
    Mick Varner
  • Separatists Reject Ukraine Deal, Will Not Evacuate Government Buildings April 19, 2014
    The US, Russian, Ukraine and the European Union came to an agreement on Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland to put an end to the crisis in Ukraine. The agreement  calls for the pro-Russian separatists to evacuate occupied government buildings and lay down their arms. It also calls for the interim Ukrainian government to restructure its current […]
    Nathaniel Pownell

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 626 other subscribers

Quantcast