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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.


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.


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.


-- 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