Life on a Stranded Cruise Ship

Spam, Pop-Tarts, and blackjack are standard fare
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2010 10:06 AM CST
Life on a Stranded Cruise Ship
In this Nov. 9, 2010 photo released by the U.S. Navy, sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan help crew members of the cruise ship Splendor unload supplies sent from the carrier.   (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Specialist 3rd Class Kevin Gray)

(Newser) – While tugboats pull a stranded cruise ship to San Diego, its 4,500 passengers are safe, the Wall Street Journal reports—but their experience has been a bit less posh than expected. Here's what their cruise home consists of:

  • They may not get to eat lobster tails, but there’s plenty of Spam.

  • Among other (really random) supplies delivered by helicopters in a 65,000-pound shipment: Pop-Tarts, crab meat, and croissants.
  • Cellphone service is unavailable, but there’s live music.
  • Those bored by the loss of Internet can play blackjack and trivia games.
  • Generators are keeping the cold water ... and toilets ... flowing.
  • They can expect to reach San Diego Thursday, armed with refunds and a free replacement trip.
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