Did you hear the story about the Carnival cruise ship that lost power after a fire? No, this isn’t the start of some corny joke. Three-thousand three-hundred passengers were on the ship when a fire in the engine room caused the ship to lose power. That’s the population of a small town!
The power went out Monday morning and the story went like this:
However, engineers were not able to restore power to the ship, which was operating on auxiliary generators, the statement said. As of Tuesday, “several key hotel systems, including air conditioning, hot food service and telephones are not available,” the cruise line said.
On Monday night, engineers were able to restore toilet service to cabins and public bathrooms, along with cold running water, Carnival said. “The ship’s crew continues to actively work to restore other services.”
Other than the fact that their vacations were interrupted I can only imagine what it was like on this vessel for 12 or more hours without toilets, water, phones, etc. It just goes to show that a survival situation can sneak up on you at any time. Now, if I’d been there my bugout out bag would have saved my ass from all the stress I’m sure these people were feeling. Of course my wife thinks I’m a lunatic for carrying it everywhere I go, but hey! When we need water or a poncho or a quick snack guess who has it on hand? That’s right people, the Jarhead Survivor. Hell, I’d rather be marooned on a desert isle with my bugout bag than stuck on a vessel with no power and thirty-three hundred passengers.
I can imagine how fast it could go from this:
At least on an island you can always use escape and evasion techniques to move around and not be seen. On a full cruise liner you’re pretty well stuck!
In all reality there’s probably not much you can do other than be calm and listen to what the officers and crew tell you. How would you handle a situation like this?
– Jarhead Survivor
BTW: Happy Birthday to the U.S. Marines! The Marine Corps was founded on November 10, 1775, when the USMC legacy was born.