By Marnie Hunter, CNN
The days of sipping umbrella drinks have given way to the stench of backed-up sewage, stuffy cabins without power, and limited food. The Carnival Triumph engine fire shows that the best-laid cruise plans can veer terribly off course.
Sometimes it’s rough waters forcing the ship’s captain to change or skip a port of call at the last minute. And then there are the extreme cases of a days-long stranding, or in the case of the Costa Concordia disaster, the loss of 32 lives. When accidents happen it’s not always clear what the cruise line is required to do next.