If the Carnival Triumph story doesn’t already have you doubting a future cruise, Josh Eidelson’s Slate story on cruise labor will:
The passengers escaped the ship late Thursday, five days after an engine fire disabled the vessel. But, amid the scenes of bathrobe-clad passengers kissing American soil, there’s been comparatively little attention to the crew that was stuck with them — and kept on serving them. Though they likely suffered most, the cruise workers’ misery lacks the allure of irony: They’re not accustomed to vacationing in luxury. Indeed, thanks to the efforts of Carnival and company, they can’t even count on the basic labor standards available under U.S. law.
I’ve never been on a cruise, and I’m feeling pretty good about that these days.