A few weeks ago, when Carnival Triumph had engine troubles that left more than 4,000 passengers adrift at sea with little power, we posed a question to our readers about whether the incident would hamper their love of cruising. The response was an overwhelming “no way!”
Now, following a week in which Carnival Dream, Carnival Legend and Carnival Elation all experienced mechanical issues, we’re posing the question again to see if the results have changed.
What we asked: Will Carnival Dream’s (and Legend’s) issues keep you from cruising?
What they said: The majority — 47 percent — of more than 4,500 voters said it won’t keep them from taking to the seas, but it might keep them from sailing with certain lines or on certain ships. Another 44 percent say it’s just coincidence, and it won’t affect their cruising habits at all. Nearly 6 percent said the issues will make them think twice about getting onboard, and the remaining 4 percent haven’t made a decision quite yet.
What it all means: This is an interesting development. When compared with a similar poll we ran during the Carnival Triumph debacle, 72 percent of respondents said the incident didn’t affect their love of cruising at all.
Many readers commented about the issue on Cruise Critic’s Facebook page. Here’s some of what they had to say:
“I LOVE Carnival and with a few malfunctions, won’t stop me from sailing with them. The Cruise Ship industry is booming including Carnival.” Lois Stuart King
“Most cruisers … seem to know how to make lemonade from lemons.” Linda Bennett Foster
“Cruising does not seem like such a good idea anymore.” Doug McColl
What’s your take? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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