Opinions are coming in from around the country on how, or if the cruise industry will be impacted by the Carnival Triumph incident. For the past week, news networks such as CNN, Fox News, & ABC have given nonstop coverage of the fire that caused the Carnival cruise ship to lose power.
One article on Fox Business actually went as far as asking if the incident will cause defeat of the cruise industry. The negative headlines continue to pour in as passengers give their accounts of what life was like on the Triumph. Why all the negative headlines? That is simple, negative headlines cause a spike in viewers and ratings to go up.
While the new reports seem to focus on those who have a negative opinion of cruising, the only way to get a true idea of how this will affect the future of the cruise industry is to get the opinions of those who actually cruise.
Cruise Fever asked the following question to our 6,000 members on Facebook: “Has the Carnival Triumph incident changed your thoughts on cruising? Would you no longer take a cruise? Cruise on Carnival?” We have had over 150 give their opinions on the matter and here are a few of the responses.
I have cruised on Carnival many many times and will be cruising with them again in April. – Kim Kennedy Neely
I was on the Splendor 2 weeks before the fire & went on it another 2 times since the fire. I’m going on the Miracle in 50 days & I can’t wait! As you can see these incidents haven’t stopped me from cruising on Carnival. – Lisa Terry Mazza
NO, this has not changed my mind!! I’m a travel agent and will go on a Carnival Cruise Lines cruise, and send my clients on one too!! This was a very unfortunate, unforeseen thing that happened, accidents can happen anywhere at any time, we can not stop living for fear of this!! I wish I was going on a Carnival cruise soon. – Jan Weathermax
What happened to the passengers on the Carnival Triumph was bad and unforseen, but anything can happen on a cruiseship. It is a machine and as with all machines, they do malfunction. Thank GOD it was not worse than what it was… – Rosemary Freeman
Nope, I would go on a cruise tomorrow if given the opportunity. We sailed on the Triumph and had a great time. I’d sail Carnival again, or Royal Caribbean again, and I’d try another line if the destination and price was in my price range. – Linda Amstutz
I would go on the Carnival Triumph the day that it is fixed and cleaned up. – Christa Potten-Koehler
We just got back from a Western Caribbean Cruise on Carnival Elation and it was FANTASTIC! This was a fluke! If you think of how many cruises Carnival produces each year and how few incidents like this happen…,well you do the math. I feel horrible for the people that had to endure this, but chances are they could cruise every and it would never happen again. The media always has to sensationalize these things. CARNIVAL is great!!!! – Sue Postier Edwards
My friends and I are hoping to book one in the next day or two. I love cruises, and I love Carnival. I have only been on Carnival, and really would like to try another line and bigger ship, and I wish the other companies would make those options more affordable, I would be a regular returning customer no question. – Scott Foppiano
Heck no…I love Carnival and I will always cruise with her…..I’m leaving on Monday the 25th can’t wait…Living life is a gamble no matter what you do…One day at the time and hope you make it through. This incident is isolated and I’m sure Carnival will do what they have to do. – Marie Wood
Won’t cruise on Carnival any time soon! – Sandra Wilton
There are 16,000,000 people world wide that took a cruise in 2011. Assuming 3000 passengers per cruise ship, it comes out to a little more than 5000 cruises operated per year. World wide, there are about four incidents like the Carnival Triumph. So statistically, your chances of being on such a cruise is .08%. So continue cruising. You stand a 99.92% of having a great time. – Keith Weston
Absolutely not! We love Carnival and accidents happen. I believe that Carnival will review what might have been handled differently. – Nancy Sterner
I will never take a cruise after this happening. – Donna DeCarlo Pierog
We love cruising and unfortunate incidents sometimes do happen. We will still be cruising. – Christine Timmerman
When did you want me to pack the bags. OH Yes [they are] already packed….. – Connie Hensley Lewis
The overwhelming majority of cruisers said that this incident will not change their opinion of cruises. What do you think? Cruise Fever would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.