The “Booze Cruise” is a well-known concept in nautical circles, but all credit to Carnival Cruise lines for pioneering the “Urine & Fecal Matter Cruise.” One of their cruise ships has been disabled for eight days in the Gulf of Mexico, and the passengers — who clearly didn’t expect to swim in their own sewage (I guess they didn’t read the brochure very closely) — seem unhappy:
Passengers have been texting ABC News that sewage is seeping down the walls from burst plumbing pipes, the carpets are wet with urine. Food is in short supply and reports have surfaced of elderly passengers running out of critical heart medicine, and others on board the ship squabbling over scarce food.
I know when I pay thousands of dollars for a Quality Vacation Experience, I don’t typically expect to get raw sewage at no additional cost.
The passengers are already skewering Carnival via social media; who wants to be the PR staffer facing the media when these poor (and sorta smelly) souls hit the dock?