Anybody fancy a cheap cruise holiday?

#1
Going to be some bargins about....

Costa Allegra: passengers tell of 'hell’ on-board

"Conditions inside the cabins were said to have been “beyond horrific” due to the lack of air conditioning and running water. Lavatories overflowed and they were fed on little but spam sandwiches.

They were forced to sleep on deck in sweltering temperatures of up to 35C and said that the stench in the corridors and cabins was so bad it would remain with them “for a long time”.

David Tinson and his wife Denise, from Headley Down, Hampshire, accused Costa of “utter incompetence”.

Mr Tinson, director of a property company, said: “They treated everyone like cattle, with absolute contempt."

Spam sandwiches. The horror......

Costa Allegra: passengers tell of 'hell’ on-board - Telegraph
 
#2
Well what do the penny pinching cnuts expect when the ******* ship sets on fire. Anyone who says a BBQ will be molested by Sluggy.
 
#4
Even without the overflowing shitters and lack of air-conditioning, a sea cruise is my idea of hell. A couple of years ago my missus went on a cruise with a mate of hers and her mother. When I was picking them up at Southampton on their return, the majority of passengers shuffling through the arrival hall were either clinically obese or close to death. On top of being stuck in the middle of an ocean with hundreds of people you would avoid in real life, there is the added horror of the cabaret. No thanks.
I'd much rather lie on a beach pretending to read a book, surrounded by young stunners in bikinis.
 
#5
Spam sandwiches? Lucky bastards!
The Chippy could have got a few idle hands (crew & pax) together to rig crappers over the ships side - easy peasy.
OTOH, if they'd been given kaolin sandwiches then the Chippy could have stood down :)
 

jarrod248

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#6
Even without the overflowing shitters and lack of air-conditioning, a sea cruise is my idea of hell. A couple of years ago my missus went on a cruise with a mate of hers and her mother. When I was picking them up at Southampton on their return, the majority of passengers shuffling through the arrival hall were either clinically obese or close to death. On top of being stuck in the middle of an ocean with hundreds of people you would avoid in real life, there is the added horror of the cabaret. No thanks.
I'd much rather lie on a beach pretending to read a book, surrounded by young stunners in bikinis.
My idea of hell and don't forget all these cruises get a number of passengers with food poisoning anyway, you don't see them as they are confined to cabin. They are off-loaded last so they don't get bad publicity.
 

TheIronDuke

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#9
"Conditions inside the cabins were said to have been “beyond horrific” due to the lack of air conditioning and running water. Lavatories overflowed and they were fed on little but spam sandwiches.
The pampered old puffs have clearly never visited... ooh, lets see? The Horn Of Africa? A Favella anywhere. A pub in Sunderland...

Lets face it, for the last four days the conversation would have centred around one thing. "How much compo?" And the smart move would be to bleat your head off as soon as somebody stuck a mic in your face. These cute soundbites are taken from the first 4 paragraphs of their opening statement to the US Courts - sorry. The press.

three days of “hell”
expressed disgust
anger with Costa Cruises staff
“beyond horrific”
Lavatories overflowed
sweltering temperatures
stench in the corridors and cabins
“utter incompetence”.
“They treated everyone like cattle, with absolute contempt.
 

Auld-Yin

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#11
The pampered old puffs have clearly never visited... ooh, lets see? The Horn Of Africa? A Favella anywhere. A pub in Sunderland...

Lets face it, for the last four days the conversation would have centred around one thing. "How much compo?" And the smart move would be to bleat your head off as soon as somebody stuck a mic in your face. These cute soundbites are taken from the first 4 paragraphs of their opening statement to the US Courts - sorry. The press.

three days of “hell”
expressed disgust
anger with Costa Cruises staff
“beyond horrific”
Lavatories overflowed
sweltering temperatures
stench in the corridors and cabins
“utter incompetence”.
“They treated everyone like cattle, with absolute contempt.
Sounds just like one of the 'luxury' cruises on the grey Funnel Line RFA Sir Galahad/Percival etc in the 1970's.
 
#12
Even without the overflowing shitters and lack of air-conditioning, a sea cruise is my idea of hell. A couple of years ago my missus went on a cruise with a mate of hers and her mother. When I was picking them up at Southampton on their return, the majority of passengers shuffling through the arrival hall were either clinically obese or close to death. On top of being stuck in the middle of an ocean with hundreds of people you would avoid in real life, there is the added horror of the cabaret. No thanks.
I'd much rather lie on a beach pretending to read a book, surrounded by young stunners in bikinis.
I'd have shared your views up until i learned that, apparently, the Costa line also features Russian hookers and Moldovan go-go dancers. I can now begin to see the attraction of a cruise...
 
#13
I'd have shared your views up until i learned that, apparently, the Costa line also features Russian hookers and Moldovan go-go dancers. I can now begin to see the attraction of a cruise...
Unfortunately, it would appear the East European "entertainers" are reserved for certain members of the crew.
 
#16
Anybody who goes cruising on a converted container ship really needs their brain examining!!

This is what the damned thing looked like when it was built in 1969:

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It was converted, on the cheap, in 1992 after being laid up for seven years to look like this:

costa allegra.jpg

If one looks at the second photo, it is very obvious that an accomodation block was dumped on the cargo deak!!
 
#17
I'm too antisocial to mix with a ship full of people wanting my delicious manly body.
I knew it. I knew it. Your not gay but you are definitely from Yorkshire.
 
#18
Ahh this is great. The unwashed, spam fed elderly holidaymakers were trapped on a shit filled sweatbox for a fair while longer than necessary because that kind French fishing boat that had them under tow waved aff the ocean going tugs.

The reason? Salvage Rights!


NAUTICAL LOG: SALVAGE RIGHTS 2
 
#19
Anybody who goes cruising on a converted container ship really needs their brain examining!!

This is what the damned thing looked like when it was built in 1969:

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It was converted, on the cheap, in 1992 after being laid up for seven years to look like this:

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If one looks at the second photo, it is very obvious that an accomodation block was dumped on the cargo deak!!
Christ, I thought it looked a bit strange for a cruise ship when it first appeared on the news. Mind you, it still looks a lot better than its so-called sister ship at the moment!
To be fair to the passengers though, I doubt any of them knew of the ships background at the time of booking.
 
#20
“Blogg”, please excuse a mere woman getting involved in matters of the sea. As is usual in cases of marine salvage where the vessel in distress can be “cured”, in this case towed to a safe haven, the world and its dog are involved in a race against time. The first to reach the stricken vessel claims the prize, in this case all 16,289 tonnes of it. In this instance FV Trevignon and its sister FV Talenduic, Breton tuna seiners, was first on the scene, having been instructed to assist by CROSS on the island of Reunion, offering a tow line and an LSF which were accepted by the stricken vessel’s captain – thus the longstanding marine salvage agreement is in place - – “No Cure, No Pay”. Every Breton shipowner always has a LSF (linky) in her handbag just in case – never know when it might come in useful!!

Once the line is attached the “tower” does NOT have to relinquish the same to any other vessel, which is why the Seychelles government are so bitter and twisted, their tugs lost the race and did not win a prize!! Any assistance to people is free, however assistance to the sricken vessel, in contrast, is paid. That's the rule of principle set by maritime texts. In this instance FV Trevignon provided the towing capability whilst her sister FV Talenduic, provided the technical backup and escorted the covoy into Victoria.

Needless to say now that the “cure” has been effected the Arbitrator will make an award based on the value of the towed vessel, its cargo and or passengers, risks involved and the overall degree of difficulty. The view being espoused by the fishing community, this warm spring morning on the dockside at Concarneau is that the crews of our two tuna seiners are very happy bunnies.
 

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