CNN reporter to poop-cruise passenger: This was a little bit like Katrina, wasn’t it?

posted at 10:41 am on February 15, 2013 by Allahpundit

Skip to 3:35 for your media moment du jour and for the pitch-perfect reply from a guy who’s somehow managed to retain his sense of perspective better than CNN despite having spent the past three days floating around on a giant toilet. If you think conditions onboard weren’t that bad, read Lileks’s thoughtful piece this morning at the Bleat. Scorching heat, power outage, no showers, few working toilets for 3,000 people, and oh that stench: It was awfully unpleasant generally and 10 times as unpleasant for the crew, which had to cope with all that while tending to passengers for whatever pittance the cruise line pays them.The cabins got so hot without A/C that people had to drag their mattresses into the hallways and sleep there. But it was over after a few days. No one died. They even got free booze! And yet cable news was treating this last night, in the words of one person on Twitter, like it was the POWs coming home from Vietnam. I spent an hour watching Erin Burnett and Martin Savidge jockeying for position amid a gigantic media scrum so that they could ask departing passengers important questions like “Would you ever take another cruise?” and “Are you glad to be back?” (Spoiler alert: They were glad to be back.) The high point, I think, was when respected financial reporter Burnett assured the viewers at home that she could indeed “smell it” from their position on the dock. But then, that’s been a recurring theme of CNN’s coverage: Over on their website’s video page, where they post the most highlight-worthy stuff, they’ve got more than one clip up illustrating why the term “poop deck” took on special meaning on this trip. Their inexplicably intense interest in this unfortunate, occasionally snicker-worthy, but otherwise mundane “story” extended online yesterday morning to carrying a live feed of the boat being tugged to shore. That’s all it was, a long shot of a gigantic ship inching its way towards the coast, for minutes on end. Watch Stewart in the second clip below for thoughts on that; it did indeed reach the point late last night, during saturation coverage of the big disembarking, where you began to wish they’d get back to talking about Marco Rubio taking a sip of water. Normally this would be an easy choice as cable news’s low point of the week, but after a segment wondering whether Rubio’s hydration is a “career-ender” and the increasingly de rigueur Christopher Dorner apologetics, I’m not sure this even cracks CNN’s top two. Coming next week, presumably: Wolf Blitzer holds a panel discussion with “survivors” to find out where on deck, exactly, each of them pinched one off.

Exit quotation: “It’s like being locked in a Porta Potty for days.”


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Scorching heat, power outage, no showers, few working toilets for 3,000 people, and oh that stench

But enough about the newly-built federal government People’s Hospital #1, what about that cruise ship?

Bishop on February 15, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Anything to keep Obama’s SOTU off the airwaves, and out of the headlines.

H2RubiO backfired.

All they had left was…crap.

coldwarrior on February 15, 2013 at 10:45 AM

“How can we blame this on Bush???”

CNN-the most Busted Name in “News”.

Del Dolemonte on February 15, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Coming next week, presumably: Wolf Blitzer holds a panel discussion with “survivors” to find out where on deck, exactly, each of them pinched one off.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

BallisticBob on February 15, 2013 at 10:49 AM

This sad and pathetic attempt at meaningful existence is CNN

HotAirian on February 15, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Do toilets on ships work different than regular ones? Can’t you just throw a couple of gallons of sea water in the bowl to make them flush?

Cindy Munford on February 15, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Oh good lord.. people in the 1940′s, would be outraged, this was a story of 3000 disgruntled passengers and a soon to be bankrupt cruise line.. nobody died, nobody was seriously harmed.. a sea disaster in 1947 would have been a cruise ship hitting a forgotten mine.. with the resulting fatalities..

The media is like a circus clown in desperate search of an audience..running up and down the street checking garbage cans and dumpsters in case someone is hiding there..

mark81150 on February 15, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Oh, and FoxNews was just as bad.

BallisticBob on February 15, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Scorching heat, power outage, no showers, few working toilets

Sounds like my Dad’s WWII South Pacific cruise. Only his ws 4 yrs.

katy the mean old lady on February 15, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Jeff Zucker will do great things with/to CNN…

d1carter on February 15, 2013 at 10:51 AM

CNN was on a “water” theme this week…

d1carter on February 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Do toilets on ships work different than regular ones? Can’t you just throw a couple of gallons of sea water in the bowl to make them flush?

Cindy Munford on February 15, 2013 at 10:49 AM

with no power to the pumps, it would have been hundreds of buckets and some VERY long ropes to even get sea water up to the main deck.

mark81150 on February 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

CNN reporting live from “cruiseageddon”, we have reports that trillions are dead on the ship, that it is quite literally a floating gave yard, not one soul to be found amongst the festering corpses… Wait, wait, that number seems to be people watching us.

Negative ten? Do I have that right? We actually OWE TV viewers? How does that even work??

Gatsu on February 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

At least they didn’t call some Hollywoodie for her ‘expert opinion’ because she has taken several cruises.

Liam on February 15, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Congrats of having a muslim convert as director of CIA, US citizens.

You had a long road ahead but finally managed to became a terrorist-sponsoring state as Saudis are.

Back to your regular program. – btw all those OIC states met to figure out how to butcher several million Syrians who are not Sunni.

Rookie on February 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM

I’m curious as to why they had to take the boat to Mobile instead of Galveston. They were first going to Progresso, Yucatan, Mexico. Looking at GoogleEarth it doesn’t look any farther to its home port in Galveston than to Mobile.

DanMan on February 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Jeff Zucker will do great things with/to CNN…

d1carter on February 15, 2013 at 10:51 AM

One has to wonder how much of these recent embarrassments have his fingerprints on them. CNN is dangerously close to MSDNC territory this week.

Doughboy on February 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM

This story stinks!

OldEnglish on February 15, 2013 at 10:56 AM

CNN was having a good old time with this story and just like that, a meteor decides to wash over Russia. Spoiled the meme.

Jabberwock on February 15, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Jon Stewart is funny. I wish he was correct more often but you take what you can get.

Cindy Munford on February 15, 2013 at 10:58 AM

mark81150 on February 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

The passengers weren’t doing anything anyway? /sort of

Cindy Munford on February 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Is it just me, or is that “human experiment” the reporter was talking about asinine?
7 days? “Experiment” on them for a year without contact from the outside world (without beer) and let’s see the “human spirit” show real “humanity”.

maynila on February 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Good grief, it wasn’t like the ship was iced in near Antartica, it was in the Gulf of Mexico. Rented transport helicopters could have delivered porta-pottys and air-lifted passengers on the return trip. Tenders could have been dispatched to ferry passengers to land. geez.
As it was, most people now have a really good story to tell, they have some free cruise vouchers and will have some extra dollars.

srdem65 on February 15, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Their journalism schools would be proud ?

J_Crater on February 15, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Coming next week, presumably: Wolf Blitzer holds a panel discussion with “survivors” to find out where on deck, exactly, each of them pinched one off.

It’s so funny ’cause it’s true, so sadly true.

Weight of Glory on February 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Spoiler alert: They were glad to be back.

I swear, you crack me up.

SailorMark on February 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM

This is CNN

Pathetic

cmsinaz on February 15, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Ah yes, from the savvy journalists who often ask “are you saddened by the unexpected loss of your loved one”….Journalists, Politicians and Used Car Salesmen, we have a 3-way tie at the top of the Useless Critters list…

hillsoftx on February 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM

One has to wonder how much of these recent embarrassments have his fingerprints on them. CNN is dangerously close to MSDNC territory this week.

Doughboy on February 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM

The Rubio and Dorner clusterfarks were close to MSNBC land. The latest one is as if Zucker took a look at the hyperbolic Piers Morgan’s miniscule ratings and his incompetent efforts to treat every story as the apocalypse, and decided the entire network lineup should be following his lead.

jon1979 on February 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM

CNN has completely lost their collective mind. The only person worth listening to at that station is James Earl Jones.

Jabberwock on February 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Sounds like my Dad’s WWII South Pacific cruise. Only his ws 4 yrs.

katy the mean old lady on February 15, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Funny I was thinking the same thing.

trigon on February 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Cruise ship control? These people need their federal government now more than ever. If congress can prevent just one single passenger from inhaling poop bag fumes on vacation… It is worth it. Obama’s silence is defecating deafening

drivingtheview on February 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM

This is why I have no interest in ever taking a cruise. When the wife asks I just remind here that the USN took me around the world and that I would rather drive somewhere, sorry.

Being cooped up on a barge with 3,000 other people, all of us jostling one another at the buffet and pool and gym, doesn’t sound so fun.

Bishop on February 15, 2013 at 11:11 AM

When one of these ships get hit by a meteor, they’ll have a real story.

trigon on February 15, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Oh good lord.. people in the 1940′s, would be outraged, this was a story of 3000 disgruntled passengers and a soon to be bankrupt cruise line.. nobody died, nobody was seriously harmed.. a sea disaster in 1947 would have been a cruise ship hitting a forgotten mine.. with the resulting fatalities..

mark81150 on February 15, 2013 at 10:49 AM

I was reminded of the 1939 sailing of the SS St. Louis where the Jewish refugees were used as propaganda and forced to return to Europe after nearly of month of wrangling with Cuba and the United States about entry visas. A good number of the 400 passengers on that voyage ulitmately died in German concentration camps.

A low-end cruise ship losing power…. Not even a real story.

Happy Nomad on February 15, 2013 at 11:12 AM

I spent an hour watching Erin Burnett and Martin Savidge jockeying for position amid a gigantic media scrum…”

The media scrum for shyte (pun intended) like this, but 5 months on and not one media interview with any of the 30+ survivors/witnesses to the terrorist attack that killed a sitting US ambassador for the first time in 30 years. Pathetic.

rcpjr on February 15, 2013 at 11:14 AM

According to CNN’s logic… W would only flyover Mobile Bay – because W hates the color of poop. Obama will be on the ground today surveying the scene and eliminating all the red tape

drivingtheview on February 15, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Stop watching the “news” then we don’t have to talk about this crap…

PatriotRider on February 15, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Stop watching the “news” then we don’t have to talk about this crap…

PatriotRider on February 15, 2013 at 11:16 AM

I see what you did there. Nice.

Slade73 on February 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Has anyone coined the term “Ship of Stools” yet?

Christien on February 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM

This cruise ship was like America from 2009-2012. Except instead of docking and getting off the ship, America was sent back out to sea with the same problems.

portlandon on February 15, 2013 at 11:19 AM

My god our media is full of idiots.

jawkneemusic on February 15, 2013 at 11:20 AM

I guess CNN has decided a good strategy to bring up ratings is to take the “sensationalize” approach to news. Maybe they have aspirations of becoming “The Sun” of cable “news”. How many people really wanted a news camera in their face when they got off a ship after they’d had no shower and wandered stench filled halls for days? You stay classy, CNN!

scalleywag on February 15, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Bishop

Get a room with balcony

Nice and quiet :)

cmsinaz on February 15, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Rubio stole that bottled water from the cruise passengers because he wanted them to have to drink dirty water. And smell dirty air. In fact, Republicans were behind the whole cruise fiasco.

This cruise horror will befall the entire world if Republicans don’t give the President what he wants.

CNN will reveal this in Poop Cruise The Untold Story, a 168-hour special that airs tonight.

LetsBfrank on February 15, 2013 at 11:21 AM

This is why I have no interest in ever taking a cruise. When the wife asks I just remind here that the USN took me around the world and that I would rather drive somewhere, sorry.

Being cooped up on a barge with 3,000 other people, all of us jostling one another at the buffet and pool and gym, doesn’t sound so fun.

Bishop on February 15, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Agree. As does my wife. Never been and never will. Paying someone to take care of my needs for a few days has always seemed creepy to me.
I share my vacations with my family only.
And I do not feel selfish for doing so.

Jabberwock on February 15, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Has anyone coined the term “Ship of Stools” yet?

Christien on February 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Yup. Watch the Stewart vid.

Jabberwock on February 15, 2013 at 11:22 AM

The Titanic was to solve all of travelers fears and apprehensions about sea travel by being touted as unsinkable (and we all know how that turned out)
I’d bet everything that within a few months the modern cruise-line marketing machine will be touting their ships as unstenchable.

Don L on February 15, 2013 at 11:23 AM

I eagerly await the reports of cannibalism aboard ship like at the Super Dome. I can’t take the media any longer, they either have their faces buried in dear leaders crotch or over do stuff like this to by pass the real news.

sanjuro on February 15, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Has anyone coined the term “Ship of Stools” yet?

Christien on February 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Didn’t hear that one! Drudge called it the floating petri dish. To add insult to injury…http://houston.cbslocal.com/2013/02/15/carnival-bus-breaks-down-carrying-passengers-who-were-aboard-cruise-ship/

scalleywag on February 15, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Bishop on February 15, 2013 at 11:11 AM

The vast numbers of unsolved murders makes me a little leery. Luckily I’m probably worth more alive than dead but I’m not taking any chances.

Cindy Munford on February 15, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Movie coming out: The Unstenchable Molly Brown?

Don L on February 15, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Actually, this was a little bit like Katrina – these people couldn’t leave, either. *eyeroll*

GWB on February 15, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Try it this way:

CNN reporter to poop-cruise passenger: This was a little bit like Sandy, wasn’t it?

But of course the BSM would dare implicate the Dear Liar in his biggest disaster.

Galt2009 on February 15, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Movie coming out: The Unstenchable Molly Brown?

Don L on February 15, 2013 at 11:25 AM

How about The Stinking of the Lusitania?

Christien on February 15, 2013 at 11:31 AM

mark81150 on February 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

So. Were the passengers that pampered they couldn’t do a little grunt work?

chemman on February 15, 2013 at 11:34 AM

CNN reporter to poop-cruise passenger: This was a little bit like Katrina, wasn’t it?

But, not at all like Sandy. /

Resist We Much on February 15, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Movie coming out: The Unstenchable Molly Brown?

Don L on February 15, 2013 at 11:25 AM
How about The Stinking of the Lusitania?

Christien on February 15, 2013 at 11:31 AM

mark81150 on February 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM
So. Were the passengers that pampered they couldn’t do a little grunt work?

chemman on February 15, 2013 at 11:34 AM

At some point, this entire thread will get flushed.

CNN will be there.

Jabberwock on February 15, 2013 at 11:41 AM

The high point, I think, was when respected financial reporter Burnett assured the viewers at home that she could indeed “smell it” from their position on the dock. But then, that’s been a recurring theme of CNN’s coverage

Excrement favors its own. These fools get paid millions.

Some of you mentioned that Fox is no different, and you be right. They and CNN are one and all. May they all go to Hades. The world is a joke and they don’t cover significant items but dwell on crap. They are part of the rats in the national and global latrines.

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Bad attitudes crossing the Horse Latitudes

DanMan on February 15, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Pssst,folks. After they get through flushing those decks, I wouldn’t buy any fish from Alabama waters for a few years–if any survive.

Don L on February 15, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Too bad the meteorite hit Russia and not some of these and the DC morons. Maybe an asteroid will do better.

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2013 at 11:46 AM

I eagerly await the reports of cannibalism aboard ship like at the Super Dome. I can’t take the media any longer, they either have their faces buried in dear leaders crotch or over do stuff like this to by pass the real news.

sanjuro on February 15, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Hey, It’s not a Katrina-like story unless you get Shep Smith to cry on camera. And besides, the cannibalism took place at the Morial Convention Center, not the Super Dome. ;0

Happy Nomad on February 15, 2013 at 11:47 AM

The only real shame here was that this wasn’t Congress hosting a media appreciation cruise.

Happy Nomad on February 15, 2013 at 11:49 AM

I wouldn’t buy any fish from Alabama waters for a few years–if any survive.

Don L on February 15, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Especially brown trout and crappie.

Christien on February 15, 2013 at 11:50 AM

So the media is very adept at distorting perceptions of reality? I guess this is how Obama was elected.

DrStock on February 15, 2013 at 11:53 AM

The only real shame here was that this wasn’t Congress hosting a media appreciation cruise.

Happy Nomad on February 15, 2013 at 11:49 AM

I will not reply with the “respect” and “dignity” this post deserves.

Jabberwock on February 15, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Being cooped up on a barge with 3,000 other people, all of us jostling one another at the buffet and pool and gym, doesn’t sound so fun.

Bishop on February 15, 2013 at 11:11 AM

It apparently was a bit like Katrina. People went feral, there was poop everywhere, theft, violence, and no doubt sex crimes.

If you take 3000 typical cruise goers and subject them to a bit of discomfort well…you saw what happened with the Costa Concordia.

CorporatePiggy on February 15, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Hey, It’s not a Katrina-like story unless you get Shep Smith to cry on camera. And besides, the cannibalism took place at the Morial Convention Center, not the Super Dome. ;0

Happy Nomad on February 15, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Wait a minute. I thought the cannibalism occurred in the fevered imaginations of Shepard Smith, et al.

Lily on February 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM

After this accident, #1 Carnival must be pissed they dropped to #2.

Christien on February 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM

CNN…Katrina…Bush…
You know CNN wanted to got there.

albill on February 15, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Spoiler alert: They were glad to be back.

I swear, you crack me up.

SailorMark on February 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Yeah – that got me busting up as well.

Allah, you are a king at your game.

beatcanvas on February 15, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Anyway. Point is: this was a perfect moment to demonstrate how the media overhypes what does not need hyping; how it casually and unconsciously reveals its own class biases by sympathizing with the 12-year old daughter who’s off with the ex-husband (OMG I can relate) and treating the Indonesian / Fillppino crew as a footnote, at best; how the internet reveals the astonishing quantity of pinch-souled mediocrities who daily refute the million-monkey theory: there’s not a single CNN comment thread that would generate the poetry of Shakespeare, no matter how long it ran.

The first two I expect, and the last one’s no surprise. But it’s just remarkable to be reminded how many people take pleasure in mocking some folk who paid money for a vacation and had it go south for no fault of their own. Silly bunts.

Lilek nails the ones who hate the little people. Yes, Obama is off for super golf lessons, Moochell is off to Aspen, $900/Valentine’s dinner behind them…but CNN forgets the little people of the world…because mocking the ‘rich’ on an ordinary cruise is more ‘fun’.

Shitrats, suffocate from what you consume, you utter derelict aristocratic fools. May you all spontaneously combust, you hypocrites.

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2013 at 12:00 PM

After the D’Jango references earlier this week and now this reference to Katrina, I’m convinced that a primary requirement for CNN reporters is to have had . . . Zero, zilch, nada, absolutely no actual life experience beyond what they’ve seen on a screen.

Geesh! What a bunch of morons!

EdmundBurke247 on February 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Too bad the meteorite hit Russia and not some of these and the DC morons. Maybe an asteroid will do better.

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Well they certainly were implying God’s wrath (against the pope) when that lightening bolt hit St.Peter’s Dome, so nature’s God, in their morally fouled souls, is a political entity…. .

Don L on February 15, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Wait a minute. I thought the cannibalism occurred in the fevered imaginations of Shepard Smith, et al.

Lily on February 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Yes, of course it was but that was the story running around for a while. The convention center not only had people resorting to cannibalism but there were rapes and all sorts of miserable behavior because those poor people were trapped without assistance.

The reality was much different but that didn’t stop the media reporting about “necessary looting” which was hillarious because as one reporter was making the comment (I forget which network) a guy walked by in the background with a large flat screen television still in the box. Which, of course, ranks right up there with food and water when it comes to “necessary looting.”

Happy Nomad on February 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM

After the D’Jango references earlier this week and now this reference to Katrina, I’m convinced that a primary requirement for CNN reporters is to have had . . . Zero, zilch, nada, absolutely no actual life experience beyond what they’ve seen on a screen.

EdmundBurke247 on February 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Need I remind you that also this week we had a lame quote from a Sorkin movie uttered by the rat-eared wonder? Seems he just found out that he has a rose garden. You think he would have noticed that before now. Like last September when he lied his ass off about the cause of the attack on the Benghazi consulate.

Happy Nomad on February 15, 2013 at 12:22 PM

No paragraphs is a little bit like Katrina, is it?

Memo to CNN: Booshitler has left the building.

locomotivebreath1901 on February 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Well they certainly were implying God’s wrath (against the pope) when that lightening bolt hit St.Peter’s Dome, so nature’s God, in their morally fouled souls, is a political entity…. .

Don L on February 15, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Reminds me of when the Archbishop of New Orleans actually attributed a hurricane diverting from its projected path and hitting Mississippi instead to the power of prayer by local Catholics. Well, I wonder what the Catholics in Mississippi thought about that- God likes Louisiana better?

Seriously though, these media types clearly espouse a liberal ideology devoid of any recognition of a higher being. I don’t know whether journalism school kicks the faith out of the individual or if individuals drawn to journalism are faithless to begin with. Whatever the case, the only context in which God comes up is if they want to sneer at somebody or something expressing faith in God.

Happy Nomad on February 15, 2013 at 12:28 PM

CNN interviewed the cruise ship survivors within minutes. But they still haven’t show any interest in tracking down the Benghazi survivors.

steebo77 on February 15, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Scorching heat, power outage, no showers, few working toilets

Sounds like my Dad’s WWII South Pacific cruise. Only his ws 4 yrs.

katy the mean old lady on February 15, 2013 at 10:50 AM

THREAD WINNER!

ToddPA on February 15, 2013 at 12:35 PM

This story has legs. In fact, I would be pretty surprised if the Senate Committee on Satisfactory Cruise Ship Voyages didn’t convene at the earliest possible moment to investigate.

I’ll make sure they also address the lack of affordable cruise packages for lower income and welfare recipients. I can’t see why the cruise lines shouldn’t be setting aside a small percentage of their cabins (per cruise) at reduced and/or subsidized rates for minorities.

Poor people are entitled to cruise, too.

BobMbx on February 15, 2013 at 12:39 PM

I’ll make sure they also address the lack of affordable cruise packages for lower income and welfare recipients. I can’t see why the cruise lines shouldn’t be setting aside a small percentage of their cabins (per cruise) at reduced and/or subsidized rates for minorities.

Poor people are entitled to cruise, too.

BobMbx on February 15, 2013 at 12:39 PM

California EBT cards have been used to take cruises leaving from Florida ports.

(Oddly enough, no one in the California government seems upset by that…other than at the “bad optics” it presents.)

Solaratov on February 15, 2013 at 12:50 PM

“Coming next week, presumably: Wolf Blitzer holds a panel discussion with “survivors” to find out where on deck, exactly, each of them pinched one off.”

This may go down as perhaps Allahpundit’s greatest line, and a superb illustration of the state of our media.

JimRich on February 15, 2013 at 12:59 PM

It apparently was a bit like Katrina. People went feral, there was poop everywhere, theft, violence, and no doubt sex crimes.

CorporatePiggy on February 15, 2013 at 11:56 AM

I thought that was OWS?

GWB on February 15, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Hey CNN,Katrina was the girl working the ship.

docflash on February 15, 2013 at 1:08 PM

The disastrous election of last Nov. made me swear off politics until about a week ago. But AP, what a post to come back to. The “pinch one off” comment had me laughing at my desk like a loon….

Thanks. I needed that. :-)

Grace_is_sufficient on February 15, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Altogether now:

That’s what you get for cruising with a low-tier cruise line such as Carnival.

Royal Caribbean FTW!!!

;-)

Tak_Bulgogi on February 15, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Sounds like my Dad’s WWII South Pacific cruise. Only his ws 4 yrs.

katy the mean old lady on February 15, 2013 at 10:50 AM

This is worth repeating.

kim roy on February 15, 2013 at 1:19 PM

This is why I have no interest in ever taking a cruise. When the wife asks I just remind here that the USN took me around the world and that I would rather drive somewhere, sorry.

Being cooped up on a barge with 3,000 other people, all of us jostling one another at the buffet and pool and gym, doesn’t sound so fun.

Bishop on February 15, 2013 at 11:11 AM

It’s like the flu-either you “get” the cruise experience, or you don’t. My paternal grandfather was addicted to cruises, and even took one completely around the world in his later years, but his addiction only rubbed off on his one daughter-none of his 3 sons wanted anything to do with such boats (especially my Dad, who had “fond” memories of his US Coast Guard Weather Ship duty in the midwinter North Atlantic).

And to add to your “barge” comment, don’t forget that on such barges, it’s very easy, especially at this time of year, for nasty bugs like this year’s flu strain to spread like wildfire!

Del Dolemonte on February 15, 2013 at 1:27 PM

CNN reporter

…what are one of them?

KOOLAID2 on February 15, 2013 at 4:34 PM

CNN interviewed the cruise ship survivors within minutes. But they still haven’t show any interest in tracking down the Benghazi survivors.

steebo77 on February 15, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Has anyone?

BallisticBob on February 15, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Who’s the fat dude from CNN?

Sherman1864 on February 15, 2013 at 7:57 PM

That is so refreshing to see fun made of islam.

Ohhhhh! Islamophobia!!!

Here comes the CAIR Traaaaain!

Sharia don’t like it! Rock n the Casbah!!

Sherman1864 on February 15, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Do toilets on ships work different than regular ones? Can’t you just throw a couple of gallons of sea water in the bowl to make them flush?

Yes they do, and no you can’t.
Regular toilets flush by gravity, which is why can just pour water down the bowl to flush them. Marine toilets work by suction, ie, there is a vacuum on the sewer system. Without the vacuum pump operating they won’t flush.
The reason marine toilets operate by suction is that with a gravity system in heavy seas with the ship rolling on the waves the sewers would sometimes run backward and poop would pour out of the toilets.

single stack on February 15, 2013 at 8:48 PM

And people look at me like I’m utterly nuts when I say I don’t ever want to go on a cruise liner. Well, ok, I am utterly nuts, but I think the SS.Stinkpot has vindicated me on this issue once and for all.

MelonCollie on February 15, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Katrina? How about the folks still without shelter and homes after Superstorm Sandi. Oh..that’s right not under Bush’s watch. Pathetic!

SPGuy on February 16, 2013 at 12:51 AM

Slightly off topic, but now that GE has sold NBCUniversal I wonder if MessNBC is going to change. Perhaps COMCAST will decide that a TV network should have, you know, viewers, rather than just a nutty ideology.

MJBrutus on February 16, 2013 at 6:37 AM

Couldn’t the passengers just have let it all hang out over the rails? Doing their business under a full moon?

Watch out below!

Drop anchor!

Thar she blows!

Timber!!

I guess all of that would not have been wasted on Green Peace….

Sherman1864 on February 16, 2013 at 9:52 AM

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