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Carnival Splendor: How sorry should we really feel for stranded passengers?

November 12, 2010 | 12:04 pm

TalkbackNow that the passengers aboard the crippled Carnival Splendor cruise ship are back on dry land, some L.A. Now readers are wondering what all the fuss was about. Here's a sampling of the comments readers sent in.

This is probably the first time ever that the cruise passengers lost weight after a cruise. Welcome back.

--Steve

Are we so quick to forget that 33 miners were trapped in a hole for 3 months? These people were stuck on vacation. They should be so lucky.

--Venison

This story making the front page proves that the LA Times is the TMZ of Responsible Journalism. You might think these misfortuned tourists were sleeping shoulder to shoulder on a slave ship or having to drink their own urine for survival. How will they re-integrate into normal American life after this traumatic ordeal? How will they possibly approach their bosses or cat-sitters to ask for more time off to re-do their holiday? On Veteran's day, a day to recognize the soldiers that are put on ships so that their fellow Americans can flourish -- please stop trivializing their sacrifices by glorifying the "suffering" of these tourists.

--Hawaiians

-- Anthony Pesce and Amanda Covarrubias

Photo: A passenger aboard the Carnival Splendor waves a message as the cruise ship arrives in San Diego Harbor. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

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