It was a bittersweet Valentine’s day for the 4,200 passengers on board Carnival’s Triumph that finally arrived to port in Mobile, Alabama after spending four extra days out at sea in horrid conditions. For guests, what started as a wonderful fun-filled four day cruise vacation turned into a nightmare when on the third night out at sea, the ship’s engine room caught on fire leaving the entire vessel without power. It took an additional four days once the ship was stranded to tug the cruise liner back to safety.
To make matters worse because of the power outage many foods spoiled and the majority of bathrooms stopped working. Due to the lack of functioning bathrooms, passengers had no choice but to use showers, sinks and red bags to dispose of their bodily waste. Needless to say, the air was pungent with rancid foul odors. Passenger Joy Dyer, one of the few passengers able to communicate via texts with the Guardian reported the conditions as “”Still having to use showers and sinks as toilets – floating waste is all over the place. Slick floors are usually human waste overflows. Smell is rank.” She further reported on the food and water situation stating, “People are starting to go crazy for food, and especially bottled water.”
With conditions reminiscent of the dark ages, it was only a matter of time for people to fall ill. A passenger who participated in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” live chat stated “People are getting sick because sewage; urine on the floors, waste in bags, and undercooked food”. His mother was one of the few who fell ill. All the conditions described by this passenger are a recipe for the norovirus, a stomach flu virus that causes severe vomiting, dehydration, and diarrhea. In situations with no running water to wash hands after using the bathroom or before handling food, cross contamination can easily happen. What then are people to do in situations like the ones the passengers of Carnival Triumph endured?
One way for people to avoid cross contamination is to bring plenty of bottle water and carry travel size 3 oz Vital Oxide sprayer. The extra bottled water can be used to drink when drinking water is scarce and it can also be used sparely to wash hands after disposing of human waste. The Vital Oxide sprayer is perfect for tight quarter spaces where germs spread easily. Vital Oxide has the capacity to kill up to 99.999 percent of viruses and bacteria. If traveling on a cruise ship, passengers can spray door handles, bathrooms, bed sheets, walls and countertops with Vital Oxide to reduce the chance of germs infecting their space. Who wants to get sick while on vacation?
Unfortunately, these poor Carnival passengers did not receive the relaxing vacation they had planned. The unsanitary environment left many ill and all wishing they had never booked this trip. The good news is that no one was injured from the fire and all are now safely home away from the stinky germ infested ship.
1.) Romain, Miriam. (February 2013) Carnival Triumph was a ticking time bomb for diseases and illnesses. Examiner.com. Retrieved on February 19, 2013 from http://www.examiner.com/article/carnival-triumph-was-a-ticking-time-bomb-for-diseases-and-illnesses
2.)Gabbatt, Adam. (February 14, 2013) Carnival Triumph: toilets overflowing as stricken ship limps towards port. The Guardian. Retrieved on February 18, 2013 from http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/14/carnival-triumph-cruise-liner-toilets-overflowing