Cruise Lines’ Problem: You Already Hate Cruises

Cruise Lines’ Problem: You Already Hate Cruises

There are two kinds of people in the world: people who take cruises, and people who have already made up their minds that they hate cruises. The CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines says that it’s his company’s job to find the people in that second category and convert them. [More]

Carnival Sends Out E-Mail With Boarding Advice For Cruise You Didn’t Book

Carnival Sends Out E-Mail With Boarding Advice For Cruise You Didn’t Book

It’s nice to get helpful advice from a cruise operator in advance of departure. But it can be alarming when that advice is for a cruise that you know nothing about and a ship you never booked travel on. [More]

Another Cruise Returns To Port Early With More Than 170 Ill Passengers

Another Cruise Returns To Port Early With More Than 170 Ill Passengers

Days after Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas had to return to port early after hundreds of passengers fell ill, Carnival’s Caribbean Princess returned home to Houston last night, a day ahead of schedule, with at least 170 sick people on board. [More]

Don’t Like Your Cruise? Carnival WIll Pay You To Go Home

Don’t Like Your Cruise? Carnival WIll Pay You To Go Home

The 2012 Costa Concordia disaster and the infamous Poop Cruise of the Triumph in February of this year did a lot to hurt the reputation of the cruise industry worldwide. So Carnival has a novel idea: try a cruise, and if you don’t like it within the first day, they’ll pay you to go away. [More]

No Carnival news ever seems to be good.

Survey: Carnival Poop Cruise Has Scuttled Public Perception Of Entire Cruise Industry

The bad times continue for Carnival Cruise lines, following a number of ugly high-profile profile incidents on their ships — most notably the “Poop Cruise” aboard the stranded Carnival Triumph, consumer sentiment about Carnival and the entire cruise industry is sinking. [More]

No Carnival news ever seems to be good.

These are the kinds of stories you never want to hear: Two passengers aboard the Carnival cruise ship Spirit have reportedly gone missing, and are feared to be lost at sea near Australia. According to reports, there aren’t any lifesavers missing, which would indicate one of them had tried to rescue the other. Even worse, the couple was said to have gone overboard in shark-infested waters. [via AFP]

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Carnival Rolls Out $300M In Improvements Aimed At Avoiding Future Poop Cruises

Now that Carnival Cruise lines has found its name irrevocably linked with Poop Cruises, the company has apparently realized it’s got some work to do — both on its public image and on all those ships that keep malfunctioning. Carnival announced today that it has plans in the works involving $300 million in improvements to its entire fleet. [More]

Poop Cruise 2: Passengers Not Pleased After 410 Toilets Stop Working On Carnival Ship

Poop Cruise 2: Passengers Not Pleased After 410 Toilets Stop Working On Carnival Ship

It’s only April and it’s been a banner year for Carnival. And while this latest cock-up doesn’t even approach the stinky scale of the stranded Poop Cruise, it nonetheless has some passengers ticked off. [More]

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Carnival Cruise Lines Trying To Lure Customers Away From Motel 6 With Cheap Trips

Having your name associated with a disaster like the Poop Cruise has got to be rough when trying to scare up new business. It appears Carnival Cruise Lines is feeling the sting of having a slew of recent troubled cruises, prompting it to drop its prices. How low can it go? One report had a four-night cruise for $149 per person — about $38 a night — which is less than a $39.99 night’s stay at a budget-priced Motel 6. [More]

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Carnival On Reimbursing U.S. For $4.2M In Rescues: Saving Ships Is Just “Maritime Tradition”

Oh, Carnival, how do you need rescuing? Let us count the ways, or at least give a nod in the general direction of floundering ships like the Triumph (aka Poop Cruise) and the 2010 Splendor incident. All that help the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy gave to the cruise line in the last few years adds up to about $4.2 million, said West Virginia’s Sen. Jay Rockefeller in a letter to Carnival. So when’s the company gonna chip in toward that cost? [More]

Worst Company In America Quarterfinals: Ticketmaster Vs. Carnival

Worst Company In America Quarterfinals: Ticketmaster Vs. Carnival


It’s a battle of buzzkills, as two companies that seem intent on spoiling your good time square off for a shot at the WCIA semifinals. [More]

Worst Company In America Round 2: Carnival Vs. Spirit

Worst Company In America Round 2: Carnival Vs. Spirit


There is one spot left in the WCIA Anything-But-Elite 8, and these two companies are in a race to see who can get there slowest. [More]

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Carnival Put Non-Fliers On Stranded Dream On A Competitor’s Cruise Back To Florida

You may remember the Carnival Dream, which had a backup generator malfunction while docked at St. Maarten and could have become another Poop Cruise nightmare. Passengers had already started to contact media outlets with harrowing accounts of overflowing toilets and being confined to the ship. Carnival quickly canceled the cruise and put passengers on a plane back to Florida. But what about passengers who couldn’t get on a plane, due to phobias or medical conditions? We recently learned that Carnival worked with competitor Norwegian and put surface-bound passengers in empty staterooms on a three-day cruise that happened to be traveling from St. Maarten to Miami. [More]

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Another Day, Another Carnival Cruise Ship Reports Problems At Sea

Yesterday we were shocked, simply shocked, to hear that yet Carnival cruise ship was having problems of the sewage-spewing nature. Passengers are scheduled to make it off the Dream soon without having to go through the days at sea the Triumph gang suffered through. But today is a new day, and with that new day comes fresh news of an entirely separate and beleaguered Carnival ship, the Legend. [More]

The Triumph fire has now ruined vacation plans for thousands of additional Carnival customers.

Carnival Forced To Cancel 12 More Upcoming Cruises Aboard Stranded Ship

With the Carnival Triumph and its 4,000 passengers still being towed back to port following an engine room fire earlier this week, the cruise line operator has had to pull the plug on a dozen additional upcoming voyages for the ship. [More]

The Triumph fire has now ruined vacation plans for thousands of additional Carnival customers.

Stranded Carnival Cruise Passengers Will Be Stuck On Hot, Smelly Ship For Two More Days

Things are getting pretty awful for the passengers and crew aboard the Carnival Triumph, which was set adrift on Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico after a fire in the engine room. How bad? Crew members reportedly had to pass out plastic bags so passengers can answer the call of nature, as the bathrooms are just too foul to stand. And they’ve still got two days at sea before tug boats can pull them into port in Mobile, Ala. [More]

Sandy ruins everything.

Carnival Offers 2-Day Ride To Nowhere Instead Of Canceled 7-Day Caribbean Cruise

Hurricane Sandy is messing with plenty of travel plans this week, including a seven-day Carnival cruise that was supposed to sail down to the Caribbean. The cruise company announced it would of course be canceling that boat trip, because no one wants to be on a large boat in the middle of a hurricane, and is instead offering a two-day trip to nowhere up the Chesapeake for $99. [More]

Carnival Cruise Becomes Vacation Nightmare

Carnival Cruise Becomes Vacation Nightmare

Jennifer and her husband went on a cruise for their vacation last month, but it wasn’t all that relaxing. They ended up less healthy and more stressed at the end of the vacation than at the beginning. It began with an asthma attack-inducing smoke-filled stateroom, and somehow actually got worse from there. Worse how? There was the food poisoning, accidentally being double charged for everything, and a ship employee who was almost comically insensitive to the fact that Jennifer uses a wheelchair. [More]