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Thu Feb 14, 2013, 11:58 PM

What cruise lines don't want you to know

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/13/opinion/walker-cruise-ships/index.html

What cruise lines don't want you to know
By James Walker, Special to CNN
updated 3:21 PM EST, Thu February 14, 2013

(CNN) -- A Carnival cruise ship was adrift 150 miles off the coast of Mexico after an engine room fire. Cruise passengers were complaining about the lack of air conditioning, hot cabins, cold food and toilets that wouldn't flush.

As I watched the news broadcast, I thought it was a documentary about the Carnival Splendor, which suffered a disabling engine room fire in November 2010 off Mexico. But the story was about the Carnival Triumph, which caught fire early Sunday after sailing from Galveston, Texas, with more than 3,100 passengers.

The cruise industry says cruise ship fires are rare, but they are not rare. They happen with alarming frequency. In the two years between the Splendor and the Triumph fires, more than 10 cruise ship fires were reported in the media. Several cruise ships were completely disabled, including the Costa Allegra, the Bahamas Celebration and the Ocean Star.

The Azamara Quest was partially disabled and had to crawl back to port in Indonesia. The Allegra and Quest broke down in waters where pirates frequent, to add to the drama.

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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:03 AM

1. We took a transatlantic cruise a few years ago.

Six days to cross. A fire would have suuuuuuuucked.

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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:19 AM

2. Anything an unregulated corporation does, they do poorly.n/t

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