I was perusing news reports today. One tidbit I had not known was that:
The New York Post reported that "Norwegian Cruise Line said that, a week before departure, the ship's return was moved up by five hours, to 5 a.m. Sunday from 10 a.m. The line attributed the change to "operational reasons" and refused to elaborate, the newspaper said. "
The Post said that this was due to a photo shoot for "The Apprentice." Supposedly, NCL paid $1M to be on the show. I wonder if they were speeding to port for the photo shoot. I know I would have been a little perturbed waking up for the sail into NYC Harbor only to find out it happened five hours early while dark.
Here is another interesting comment from the same story:
"But Norwegian spokeswoman Susan Robison denied the captain was under pressure to hurry back, and refused to comment on "The Apprentice" or the $1 million fee, the Post reported. "
I will sure be interested to hear of the findings in the final report.
"The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."
F Scott Fitzgerald
Seven Seas Voyager (30nts) - Dubai - Cape Town - Nov 14
Marc, If I said that you were speeding last week on I-$ because Trump said if you got home before 3PM he was going to give you $100,000 you would deny it, right? Also would your wife tell someone she has no idea what they are talking about and refuse to comment? Things like this are hard to defend against as if you talk you are guilty and if you deny it you are guilty! The facts are the ship hit a very large wave head on that could not be detected prior to it's arrival and would have done so anyway as the ship was going to be in that area regardless. Sounds like media trying to 'make' news and not 'report' news. I'm not trying to protect the cruiseline as I honestly don't personally care for NCL but the premise that this is somehow NCL's not the Capt's fault is just plain way out in left field.
"Sounds like media trying to 'make' news and not 'report' news"...................Jim Bragg.
C'mon Jim, give Marc a break. He is reporting what the NY Post reported. I'm glad to see he took the time to post that bit of information on this web site.
And if NCL didn't pay Trump to be on his show I would think they would be forthcoming and deny it, if not for any other reason but to discredit the NY Post. Yet to deny it and then it be discovered they did pay to be on "The Apprentice" would be a huge PR problem.
You do know companies (Coca Cola, Budweiser, et. al.) pay big money to the movies to have their products displayed in films? Why wouldn't a cruiseline do the same to a hit T.V. show?
Is there ever a time when something goes wrong that the cruiseline involved is NOT
at fault? A ship on the ocean runs into some stormy seas--- Hasn't that happened ever since there has been oceans and ships ? A rogue wave hits a cruise ship---with so many ships on the seas at any given time, it's a wonder it doesn't happen more often than it does. No matter what the captain did or didn't do, good or bad, no matter which cruiseline it was, they will be blamed.
There are always a few who ferret out any thing that could possibly cast doubt on the captain and cruiseline.
Can it be so hard to believe that sometimes things happen, especially involving the sea
and weather, that we can't really do anything about??
What I gather from that article is NCL decided to return early so their ship could be displayed on Trump's show. NCL paid for this exposure. Because of the rogue wave they didn't make it in time.
Did the decision to have this exposure cause the ship to sail in avoidable storms? Of course NCL will say not. But the other question is, did the decision to return early short change the passenger's cruise?
I can hear the summary of the case being written: "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, should a contract Trump safety?" Come one, you know someone on CourTV is gonna say it!
I may dwell on the land, but I live at sea!
Sensation 2/03 I disembarked, but never really left the ship.
Enchantment 9/03 Just had to go back.
Inspiration 3/04 Just have to go back again, and again, and again...
Sensation 04/05 The vessel made me do it!
Summit 03/06 It's Margaret's fault!