By Rev. Billy Ray Sunday
< chrisϯwire > For nearly a week 4200 rich, whiny, arrogant Americans who comprised the total number of passenger and crew onboard the doomed cruise ship Triumph, were forced to endue Hell on Earth in the God forsaken humid and remote Gulf of Mexico.
The terror at sea began immediately after one passenger’s cell phone camera that was recoding on deck caught the vessel suddenly burst into flames by an unseen force yet unexplained.
After the fire had been extinguished the Triumph was completely disabled and left to drift at sea. Without power the ship, passengers and crew immediately discovered nothing onboard worked, the galley could not prepare or preserve food. The sewage system failed which quickly left the ship surrounded in toxic gas as passengers and crew were overwhelmed by the smell of raw sewage, which soon resulted in human urine and feces being carried throughout passengers state rooms and into the hallways from overflowing toilets.
For a bunch of rich privileged white Americans who found themselves wading through human excrement onboard the disabled vessel it was all the crew could do to keep order and prevent mutiny.
But if the odor and raw human waste flooding cabins and halls wasn’t bad enough, the casino had no power to operate and was forced to close.
No power meant no air conditioning and in the sultry heat of the Gulf passengers found conditions inside their cabins unbearable forcing many to abandon their rooms to sleep and congregate in the feces inundated halls and passages.
Thousands of wealthy Americans used to always getting their way suddenly found themselves thrust into horrid, sickening conditions where individuals found their medical problems flaring up under the stress.
Many became ill, many more collapsed in the unbearable heat, some even flung themselves overboard preferring to die of drowning or shark attack in the dirty oil-slick and stagnant inhuman waters of the Mexican Gulf.
Others freaked out, tempers flared, people talked of mutiny, and day after day all they could do was float trapped inside this stinking, overrated and glorified port-a-potty until tug boats towed the vessel into port. But with a little research I discovered shocking dark secrets about the ship that passengers were never told.
The Triumph, owned and recklessly operated by the greedy pirates at Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc., the filthy-wealthy white folks responsible for sending so many Americans to sea in what amounts to a sweltering overused floating port-a-potty was salvaged two years ago from a New York shipyard a month before it was scheduled to be scuttled.
With a brand new exterior the old vessel, originally christened the, Western Moon, was rechristened the Triumph and put into service in July 2012. Registered as the Triumph, ship’s records provide a limited and uneventful history of standard maintenance documents.
But under the ship’s original name, Western Moon, its clear this is a vessel with a dark and troubling past including one story that while in port at New Orleans in 2006 the ship was cursed by a high Voodoo priestess as an act of revenge against the ship’s first owner, Elí Arroyo y López, of Madrid, Spain who’d spurred the advances of the Voodoo priestess.
Its almost impossible to image the greed involved which resulted in the decision to retrofit this old wreck in the first place. But perhaps some measure of justice will occur when survivors of the doomed vessel sue Carnival for their reckless actions. We can only hope for justice for them as well as the hundreds who perished at sea.
Once back on land survivors interviewed by local media said their prayers were answered when they witnessed the hand of God came out of the clouds and led the ship to the safety of port.
Saved by God I doubt these folks will ever want to spend another nickel for a “cruise ship adventure” ever again.