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Whiny passengers should feel grateful fire didn’t damage cruise ship more

THE GLOBE’S Feb. 16 editorial contributes to the media obsession about the discomfort of passengers on the cruise ship Carnival Triumph and displays a disturbing lack of perspective (“Cruise ship owner: Facing the Heat”). The significant problem is the fire in the engine room that destroyed most of the power-generating equipment and propulsion, causing the ship to be towed to port.

There were no injuries or deaths. The passengers should have nothing but praise for the crew that extinguished the fire and should stop bellyaching about the unpleasant conditions that followed. They could have experienced much worse — like days in lifeboats — or suffered even more dire consequences.

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