Carnival Cruise Ship is no carnival for stranded passengers

Passengers on the deck of the stranded Carnival Triumph cruise ship

Passengers on the deck of the stranded Carnival Triumph cruise ship

The stranded Carnival Triumph cruise ship with 4,000 travelers, is a perfect psychological laboratory of how people act in desperate situations.

The cruise ship suffered an engine fire which left it without power. This meant no A/C nor power for cell phones and no lights. Also, most toilets did not work so the cabins emitted gross smells, forcing people to stay on the deck.

There was soon a shortage of food which people fought over and hoarded. Deck space become scarce, yet preferable to cabin in 90 degree temperature.


In this image released by the U.S. Coast Guard on Feb. 11, 2013, a small boat belonging to the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous patrols near the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico.

The ship at this writing is being towed at seven miles per hour to Mobile, Alabama, and will arrive there in two days.

Unable to escape their miserable situation, this is reminiscent of the book and movie, “The Lord of the Flies.” Such conditions do not bring out the best in people.

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About June Stephenson

June Stephenson is the author of 20 books about women’s issues, parental responsibility, the humanities, philosophy, comparative religion, music, architecture, parenting, sexual abuse, child abuse, spousal abuse, incest, crime, women’s studies, aging, tyranny, family, marriage, and divorce. The accomplished author has a degree from Stanford in economics and a Ph.D. in psychology with 25 years of teaching experience in history and English. Stephenson’s well-researched and documented approach combined with an easy-to-read style, offers readers enrichment and enjoyment. She also is an award-winning artist with many red ribbons from juried art shows throughout California. Stephenson has two daughters and two granddaughters, and lives in Palm Desert, California, with her Labradoddle named Happy.

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