Last week, Cruise Critic headquarters was consumed by the news that Carnival Triumph had experienced a fire, leaving more than 4,000 passengers without power, hot food and working toilets. We monitored the saga closely as the ship was aided by sister vessels and eventually towed to Mobile. Although everyone is safely ashore and officials have begun their investigations, many people are left wondering whether Carnival has done enough to fix the situation, both during the incident and in its aftermath. And we wanted to know whether it had changed our readers’ perception of a cruise holiday.
What we asked: How does the Carnival Triumph fire affect your view of cruising?
What our readers said: Over 95 percent of our respondents said the fire onboard Carnival Triumph and the ensuing saga at sea will not stop them from cruising again. Still, nearly a quarter of our poll takers report that the incident has raised worries about what could happen to them during a cruise, while less than five percent say that it will impact their decision to book a cruise.
What it all means: The response from our readers is not difficult to decipher: They will continue to cruise, and largely without worrying about facing a similar disaster while at sea. (This also mimics the low probability of being involved in an incident like the Carnival Triumph fire.) Still, with nearly 25 percent of respondents feeling a heightened sense of fear and roughly five percent putting off booking as a direct result of the fire, it’s clear that the fire has had some impact on even a committed group of cruisers like Cruise Critic’s readership, at least in the short term.
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