Thursday, October 06, 2005

What A Rip-off

Last week, NBC News did a short piece on Carnival Cruise Lines and how much they're charging the government to use three of their ships to house evacuees and first responders in New Orleans and Houston. Then, a couple of nights ago, Lewis Black did a bit on The Daily Show about it as well. Both pointed out that Carnival is charging more than the average ticket price to sit at the dock and be a hotel for FEMA. In fact, it's four times as much.

Those bastards! Ripping off the government in a time of national crisis! Four times as much as the normal rate! That's sooo wrong!

What's that? You say that the government rented out the entire boat put has only filled it to half capacity? Oh, so really they are charging twice as much per person (if it's full). That'S still a rip-off! Yes, I know that it's stupid for FEMA to rent an entire ship and only fill it half-way and I know that's not Carnival's fault but they are still charging twice as much per person over the normal ticket price. They should be taken out and shot!

I'm sorry, what is that you're saying? Carnival makes much more at sea than twice the ticket price! What do you mean? Oh, they have "shore excursions" that they book at a huge mark-up (last cruise I took, over $500)... yea, but.... what, oh sure there's liquor sales, souvenirs, photo's, bingo and a little thing called THE CASINO. Hmmm.... maybe you have a point. I suppose it's possible that Carnival makes at least twice the ticket price on all these things when at sea. In fact, that's probably why a cruise is so cheap, they make much more than the ticket price on all the other amenities. What's that? You say that they are also saving some money in port? They don't need casino personal, there's the cost of fuel. Wow, that sure is a lot to consider. You know what we need? We need a person to look at ALL the money Carnival makes when at sea an compare it to what they are charging FEMA. You know, investigate. IT'S TOO BAD A PERSON LIKE THAT DOESN'T EXIST.

From The Washington Post:
To critics, the price is exorbitant. If the ships were at capacity, with 7,116 evacuees, for six months, the price per evacuee would total $1,275 a week, according to calculations by aides to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). A seven-day western Caribbean cruise out of Galveston can be had for $599 a person -- and that would include entertainment and the cost of actually making the ship move.

I've been on five cruises and Bobbi has been on over a dozen. You show me a person who has been on a seven-day cruise and only spent $599 and I'll kiss his ass on Main St. $599 includes entertainment!? I suppose that's pssible if you don't drink, don't gamble, don't buy any souvenirs and never leave the ship!


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