I don't use this phrase, well, ever... but your luxury cruise liner losing power and forcing you to endure having to wait for your food to be served to you... that's the definition of first world problems. Those conditions? That's what a good chunk of the world calls everyday life.
We might not consider the situation of the Carnival Triumph worth as much coverage as it got. However, the news media will. A four day cruise will certainly be populated by almost all Americans or Canadians. There's a good chance that any major news market will be able say that 'someone from the metro area' was on board. That gets attention.
Four day cruises are also likely to have many first-time passengers who believe everything in the ads.
In the best of situations, that isn't the case. Granted, this was a massive systems failure but every
cruise we've taken that lasted more than seven days, some passengers, somewhere on board has knocked out at least several stacks of toilets. You also know you're on a ship more than eight days when you start getting that rotten egg smell. In the hallways, you run into engineers checking out problems several times a day. Shop vacs in the hallways are also a fact of shipboard life
Finally, Carnival ships are not considered 'luxury'. They're a lot better than what they used to be but many people still consider them to be 'cattle boat operations' at the best of times
We all have to admit that the pictures of the massive ship being towed are dramatic. The story didn't quite 'bleed' but it would certainly lead a newscast.
I feel most sorry for the crew and staff who had to deal with this. These people work insanely long
hours as it is. When Carnival decided to open the bars I would have expected open mutiny from the
food and beverage employees. The last thing you need on a stalled ship is a bunch of underfed and beered up new pax, especially when the plumbing isn't working properly.
Might it not be a good idea to move this discussion to the 'Entertainment and News' section?