Cruise Passengers, Others Speak Out About Life Onboard Carnival Splendor

November 10, 2010
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(6:52 p.m. EST) -- As communication begins to improve between Carnival Splendor and the mainland, snippets of life onboard the ship the past few days have begun to emerge. Here's a sampling of what some passengers and others who've made it onto the ship have to say: From Cruise Critic member AZ GIRL, who posted on Cruise Critic's message boards that he received a phone call from his wife: "She said 'This is a cruise from HELL!' ... She said there is no light in her cabin, toilet only got restored yesterday and stinks beyond belief. People are hoarding food, taking platefuls." The call was abbreviated, he added, because "she needs to conserve her cell battery because there is nowhere to plug in for power." From Splendor cruise director John Heald, who posted this on his blog: "I don't smell of roses at the best of times but as the laundry is not working and I only have two pairs of underpants I smell like Paris on a hot summer's day . . . let me tell you the most important facts and those are that the ship is safe, the guests are safe and that nobody was injured in what was a very difficult situation. I also want to tell you that the guests have been magnificent and have risen to the obvious challenges and difficult conditions onboard. "I am making continuous announcements from the bridge to keep them informed and sometimes when there is nothing new to tell them I just use the PA system to say hello and hope everyone is OK and try to keep some humour (spelt correctly) alive as well, which to be honest, I have no idea how that's going over." From David Zambrano, a passenger who spoke with Denver NBC affiliate 9NEWS: "You stand in line for two hours just to get your food because everybody goes to the same place to pick up their food. People are playing cards. People are standing around just kind of talking. They're getting to socialize." From Gordon Gilbreath, a passenger who spoke to ABC's San Diego affiliate KGTV: "A lot of people that are in the inside cabins, it's been pitch black for several days and most of those folks have been up on the decks and a lot of them have been sleeping on the decks with their blankets and so on. You know it gets cold, like during the night it's been pretty cold so the rooms get cold, so we've got a lot of extra blankets. It's been quite an ordeal, I have to tell you."

From photojournalist Richard Klein, who is traveling with the U.S. Coast Guard, as reported on NBC San Diego's Web site: "They can't take showers, but they have plenty of drinking water and food."

Gina Calzada spoke with her sister Vicky Alvarez who's onboard. The Associated Press reports in The Orange County Register, "She said she has not been able to take her insulin for her diabetes because she is not eating enough. She told Calzada all that she had eaten was some bread, cucumbers and lettuce. 'I told her where are the Pop Tarts and the Spam? I thought they brought in 70,000 pounds of supplies,' Calzada said. 'She said I haven't seen that.'"

--by John Deiner, Managing Editor

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