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Carnival Splendor passenger: 'The food lines were two hours'

Passengers disembarking from the disabled cruise ship Carnival Splendor were offering varied reviews Thursday of their four days aboard a cold, dark luxury liner that lost power after an engine room fire.

“This was for my birthday and it was totally ruined,” said Marques Horace, 34, an actor from Los Angeles. “The food lines were two hours, and when you got up there sometimes there was nothing left.

"The sandwiches went in the first hour," he continued. "A lot of people got very grumpy about that. I’ll never go on another cruise again.”

Danny Levenson, 40, of San Diego, was waiting for his mother.

“Mom just wants to go home,” Levenson said. “They offered her another cruise -- like she’s ever going to go on another cruise. No way. I’m not going to allow it.”

But Grace Luzinski, 65, of Minneapolis, focused on the positive: “They did a terrific job for us and kept us as happy as possible under terrible circumstances. They were very nice people.”

Anthony Pauletto, 29, a corporate recruiter from Chicago, said he found a way to keep himself amused.

“It started out lousy, but it got better,” he said. “It was not really all that bad. Did a lot of drinking.”

Ryan Harlan, 10, of Orange County, who was on the cruise with his parents, said “it was kind of scary being stuck in the middle of the ocean."

"First they said we would be out there until Friday," Ryan said. "Then it got better. Food wasn’t really good. I mostly stuck to eating cereal. And Pop-Tarts. Dad refused to eat Spam.”

The entrepreneurial spirit was alive and well amid the throngs standing by as some 3,200 passengers disembarked. Vendors greeted them, as well as family and friends.

The street hawkers sold red and blue T-shirts that read: “I survived the 2010 Carnival Cruise Spamcation.”

The reference is to cold food products, including the canned meat Spam, that passengers subsisted on.

The ship set sail from Long Beach on Sunday evening, headed for a seven-day cruise in the Mexican Riviera. Early Monday morning, an engine fire knocked out power, leaving the ship stranded for days without hot water or hot food. Tugboats towed it back to San Diego.

-- Tony Perry

Comments () | Archives (8)

The elderly gentleman has the best outlook. Why focus on negative things? It's not like the Carnival knew the engine was going to catch fire.
Sure, it sucks that people had to wait two hours for food, but they could have all died. An engine fire is usually a pretty serious thing. Thank the Lord that the Carnival employees knew what they were doing.
Focus on the positive, people.

Sounds to me like the crew did the best job they could. I will be going on the same ship in a few weeks. Problems happen in life and we just have to deal with it. I have read many comments from people both positive and negative...hats off to those who were able to put it in perspective and do the best they could...free beer?!?!....sounds alright to me!

Of course the Californians are the ones whining and the Midwesterners are the ones making the best of a bad situation.

stomping and waving my arms i'm never going to let my mother go on another crusie ever ever ever ever ever ever ! why did you let her go to start with you had a crystal ball you should have known about the problem and yet you didn't tell any one. you are a baby, let your mom make her own decission. we leave on our 4th cruise this saturday and being on stranded ship is better then a good day at work!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Americans are by and large spoilt by too much everything incl. food. Think about the billions who go to bed hungry without power or clean drinking water. These guys had to just go without hot water, their endless shrimp buffets and electricity and they think they have undergone a GREAT hardship!!!! Chill out!! Try being a Chilean miner underground!!!

It seems that Carnival did its best to take care of a situation that was unforeseen. The passengers are getting all their money back that they spent for their tickets, another free cruise, on land expenses and airfare to get them home, and on top of it, an offer to stay in San Diego for the weekend all expenses paid by Carnival. How many airlines that strand their passengers for hours on runways or in airports won't even provide food for their passengers or pay for a hotel to spend the night? I think that Carnival has more than made it up to the passengers for their nightmare experience.

Poooooor people 2 hours for the food line!!! How about the homeless people and their food line!!!! And that honeymoon wife!! All she talked about was FOOD! Thats whats wrong with people today, they are selfish and they should be happy with what they have! Think about the sick, parents losing a child, our young men fighting for our country, cancer, aids should I go on.........

What I don't understand why aren't there any photos of the engine room? Why can't I find any photos of comments from passengers? Where is the media photos of the engine room on fire?


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