A Carnival Cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico lost power, causing passengers to go into somewhat of a ‘roughing it’ mode. Power went out Sunday night – how long did it take for people to start fighting over food? Glenn explains and shows how dangerous things can get when access to our normal lives are cut off.
The stranded Carnival cruise ship and its more than 4,000 passengers enter day five without power after a fire in the engine room disabled the ship Sunday. Although the ship is currently being towed into an Alabama port and could arrive late Thursday or early Friday, conditions are still worsening.
Since the initial incident, many passengers have been living on deck in conditions that include feces and urine on the floor with some cases of food poisoning occurring. Recent footage of the ship shows passengers holding signs made with bedsheets and a deck that looked like “a shanty town, with sheets, almost like tents,” one father of a stranded passenger recounted.
Glenn said, “There’s a story on the 3,000 passengers on the cruise ship off the coast of Mexico. They have no power, they have been forced to sleep on deck in tents, that you had the toilets are not working, meaning the passengers have to make do with bags and buckets. Now help is on the way. I don’t know why it takes this long, but help is on the way. It’s not like it’s in the ‑‑ it’s not like it’s at the North Pole. It’s in the Gulf of ‑‑ it’s off the coast of Mexico, for the love of Pete.”
“So here’s this giant Carnival cruise ship and on Sunday the power went out. They can’t cook any food, and it’s all because they have engine problems. Okay. Now, I’ve been telling you for a while, what happens to us if our lifestyle dramatically changes? I want you to ‑‑ I want you to think about, Sunday, where were you on Sunday? How long would it take for you to go into complete and total chaos and become somebody described as a savage? Where you are fighting people for food? How long would it take?”
“Sunday, I was in my kitchen on Sunday. It was my birthday. And we were having birthday pie because my sister came down and she ‑‑ even though she is on a piatus, she is ‑‑ she’s an unbelievable chef and she’s a pie chef. And she has this ‑‑ her own business where she makes pies, and she ‑‑ I mean, I don’t know how many hundreds of people, actually every month they get a pie from her and they’re delicious. And so she came down and she just made an apple pie for me and a lemon meringue pie. My doctor came over and he made a strawberry rhubarb pie. And she made a banana cream pie and a coconut pie. But anyway, so she made some pies.”
“So anyway, I was standing in my kitchen with my family on Sunday eating pie. Now, what would it take ‑‑ where were you on Sunday? What were you doing? What would it take for you to be described by somebody who met you yesterday to describe you as a savage? For these 3,000 people, it took living in a tent on a cruise ship with very little food, but food, and no toilets. But you can take it in a bucket and they can clean the bucket out. I mean, I know this is not ideal, but they, you know, you can throw it overboard. I mean, you can still ‑‑ you know, you don’t have to keep the filth there in the ship. But they did. The carpets are soaked with urine, and people are fighting each other for food.”
“It took them Sunday night, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before they were savages. Now here’s the amazing thing, to me at least. It’s not like they’re in the middle of Africa. They’re in the Gulf of Mexico. They know help is coming. They know the Coast Guard cutters are coming. They can still ‑‑ they can still have outside communication. They knew that everybody was aware, there’s got to be some backup generator, something that’s at least enough for communication on that ship. So at least the captain and the crew can say, “We’ve alerted the authorities, they’re on their way, it’s going to be a few days.” So they know they’re getting off. They have to get off, and they will, you know, what do you call it, deboard the ship, what, tomorrow, the next day? And they have to ‑‑ they know they are going to have to live with themselves for the rest of their life and how they behaved. Because they were on a vacation cruise that went bad. And all of a sudden it’s become, what is that, Lord of the Flies. All of a sudden it’s Lord of the Flies. But in Lord of the Flies, I never read it, but those were kids that were ‑‑ and it ‑‑ and there was no hope of rescue. If I understand Lord of the Flies enough from memory, there was no hope of rescue. And there were kids that were raised as savages fending for themselves. That’s not what this is. It’s three days on a Carnival cruise ship, with the Coast Guard cutters coming.”
“How long will it take for our society to break down? You’re all having fun, but then the TVs stop working and the toilets won’t flush. All of a sudden I have to eat cold food. All of a sudden I have food that was brought onto the ship in freezers and it’s shrimp and so they can’t get it to the right temperature. I’m going to have to eat ‑‑ I’m going to have to eat some cold veg ‑‑ you know they have enough food that they don’t have to cook. There’s enough food on that. It’s not like anybody’s going to starve to death. And it’s not like, ‘That’s the last coconut! I’m going to kill you for it!’ Quite honestly have you seen the American people? We could all stand to lose a few lbs. I’m just sayin’. Go to Disneyland. Look at us walking around. Look at us waddle around. You can the people who are from America because we’re all like, ‘Yeah, I’ve got to get an ice cream cone but first I’ve got to stop and get a corn dog.’ We’re not exactly the most in‑shape people.”
“I wonder, I wonder ‑‑ we’ll hear the stories of the savages but I wonder if anybody is looking for the stories of the pockets. Because out of 3,000 people, you know there have to be pockets of people. Because they will attract. Light attract light; dark attracts darkness. There has to be somewhere on that ship a pocket of light to where the people on board will become forever friends. They will probably vacation together, not on a cruise ship, but they will probably vacation together many times in their life even though they didn’t know each other. But they will become lifelong friends. There will be a group of people that get off that ship that the captain or the crew members sincerely with tears in their eyes say, ‘It was a pleasure to have you on board. Thank you.’”
“Are we going to hear the stories of those guys? I challenge the writers at TheBlaze to find those stories because somewhere on that ship out of 3,000 people, there was somebody, and most likely not a preacher like it was in the Poseidon Adventure where the preacher was leading the way out to the light. Most likely it was somebody that is pretty much a nobody that had perspective on the Carnival cruise line from hell. Just yet one of the other 150,000 reasons I ain’t getting onto a cruise line ship. ‘Here’s a bucket for you to pee in.” Yeah. Yeah. Thank you. It’s been a great holiday.’ How many of these people are going to get off the ship and sue?”
“Carnival cruise lines is in trouble because the lawsuits ‑‑ that’s what everybody ‑‑ instead of making the best out of it, and I mean, I know this is horrible. I don’t want to live like that, I don’t want to be on that vacation, and believe me, I’d be pissed. Because I’ve worked hard for my vacation and I’m going to take this and then I’m going to go right back to work. It will be crazy. I’d be pissed. But somebody in my family, if it wasn’t me and if it wasn’t my family, if I was alone on the Carnival cruise lines, I’d be trying, ‘Where’s your 3‑D printer because I’m going to print a gun.’ I would probably go crazy but if my family was there, I would be leading, for my wife and my children, I would be leading and saying ‑‑ because you know you’re like this, at least I am. When everything else is burning down and the kids are crying and everything, there is a time that I just go, all of you, shut up. Shut it. And there is a time that you then after that say, ‘Let’s make the best of this. It doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s make the best of it.’”
“I told you last hour about a pocketknife that my daughter gave me. And if I were on that ship, I would hope that I would have this in there because at some point I would reach into my pocket and I would be saying to my family, ‘Hard times make us.’ How many people up in Connecticut with 40 inches of snow and they can’t get out, that are complaining right now, ‘It’s been four days and the city hasn’t cleared any of the streets.’ Yep. Yep, sure is. How many are complaining? How many have their families, you know, falling into fights and everything else? And then how many families in that same situation are experiencing it? I think this is why the Lord said ‘Come to me as a child,’ are experiencing it like children experience. That they have done enough preparation so they have the food or they have whatever they need. They know they’re not going to starve to death. And, yeah, we’re going to ‑‑ you know, if you’re at Pat’s ‑‑ or Stu’s house, you’re going to ‑‑ you know, you’re going to have sweet‑and‑sour sauce and pickles. But how many families have weathered that storm up in New England and now will come out the other end and they will talk about it for a few years and say, ‘You know what? That was hard, but that was one of the best times of our life. Brought the family together. We sat and we played games, we read books, we told stories, we were cold, we were ‑‑ remember we were all bundled up, we all had to sleep in one bed and we had get extra blankets, we were all sleeping on the floor by the fireplace?’”
“This pocketknife that my daughter gave me just says four words: Hard times made us. The people on the cruise ship will say the same thing. But instead, instead of looking at that and really realizing that those hard times did make them in their case a savage, instead of doing self‑reflection on that and saying, gee, the hard times I could have gone a different way, instead they will call an attorney because it stops them from looking at the choices that they failed to make, and they’ll sue because they’ll say the Carnival cruise line made me into that.”