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Carnival Cruise Ship Conquest Is Smoke-Belching Disease-Producing Monstrosity


The Carnival Cruise ship Conquest is a smoke-belching, disease-producing monstrosity. 

I saw this ship today docked at Galveston, Texas. It was letting off a lot of dirty smoke into the air. Here is a link about cruise ship pollution.

Why is this ship called the Conquest? I don’t know. Much of the native population of the Caribbean was exterminated some time ago. Who is left to conquer? Here is a link to Caribbean slavery. Here is link to smallpox. Here is a link to venereal disease.

What the ship should be called is the Tax Avoidance. Tax avoidance is why it is registered in Panama.

On board ship, passengers may contract Norwalk virus. This affliction can also be termed viral gastroenteritis. There have been repeated outbreaks of Norwalk virus on cruise ships because people don’t wash their hands. The passengers make each other sick.

Here is a link about low pay for the crew on cruise ships.

Here are some real facts about Jamaica instead of the little you see when you take a cruise that stops in that nation.  

Here is a story about comments Pope John Paul II made pertaining to the exploitive aspects of tourism. Here is another link to the same subject.

Cruise junkie.com has a lot of good information about cruise ships. It has lists of cruise ship accidents, illness outbreaks, the number of people who have fallen overboard and other good stuff. 

September 3, 2007 - Posted by | Galveston, Please Wash Your Hands, Sea Life, Taxes---Yes!, Uncategorized


  1. the are slaves to tourism that is fact

    Comment by Bill Brady | September 5, 2007

  2. Yep.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 6, 2007

  3. Like you said, the passengers make each other sick. The ship doesn’t make people sick, people bring their sickness to the ship. That’s not the ship’s fault. That statement could be true for an public gathering. Also, the ship does not only reside in the Caribbean. After a time, Carnival (and other cruiselines) will relocate their ships to other ports, perhaps Europe. This has nothing to do with this one ships name. Tourism brings these locations a lot of money that they would not normally have. Tourism is also a large part of EVERY city, not just the Caribbean. I think your frustration with this one ship is a bit narrow-minded.

    Comment by Daniel | September 10, 2007

  4. Daniel—Thanks for the comment. Let me be clear–I don’t like any of these ships.

    You are correct that tourism is an important part of the economy of these islands and of many cities across the world. What it would be if people in some of these places had better options in life I don’t know.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 10, 2007

  5. Are you serious? The Texas coastline around Galveston and Houston is littered with drilling platforms and oil refineries. Houston is in the top 5 of the most polluted cities in the country, but I’m sure it’s all the cruise ships’ fault and has nothing to do with the oil companies or the millions of Houston commuters.

    Comment by Ryan Hawkins | September 24, 2007

  6. When did i say all that was the fault of cruise ships? Should we simply allow more pollution? What about all the other issues with cruise ships?

    And so, in response to your question, I am indeed serious.

    Thank you for your comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 24, 2007

  7. Q: Why is this ship called the Conquest?
    A: Hello, because it conquers the waves!

    I wouldn’t or couldn’t even imagine how the supposition that the name of a Panamanian cruise ship commissioned in 2002 could be so erroneously connected with the enslavement or extinction of native Caribbean people some 400 years ago.

    It’s even more difficult to believe that this is an example of liberal thinking as opposed to the psychoanalysis technique of free word association or perhaps in this case more appropriately called free-history association.

    Sorry to hear of your biased against cruise ships. Perhaps the other side of the argument might be better appreciated if information regarding the pollution to passenger ratio was available.

    With 2974 guest and 1150 crew, this could certainly tilt the argument when compared to the pollution produced by standard airlines or automobiles for the same amount of traveling people.

    Until the Chinese are willing and serious about pollution control, the Kyoto treaty isn’t worth the paper it’s written on! – George C Harvey.

    Comment by George C. Harvey | December 22, 2007

  8. Don’t agree with any of it, but it’s a great comment.

    I don’t know we should go on polluting the Earth just because the Chinese are doing so.

    Conquest is a rotten name for that ship as it pulls into those islands that have so much lousy colonial history.

    That ship is as much of Panama as in Vladimir Putin.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 23, 2007

  9. conquest is a mine is bigger driven name. not sure there was that much thought put into the name of this ship. i seriously doubt they were thinking 400 years ago, i doubt its referring to the waves either. i think they were thinking more of the competition and it sounds manley and big. cruises are vacations for people that might not ever get to these certain parts of the world and are good because it lets americans and others see how other people live and it help support these small economies where tourist dollars are hated but needed to survive.

    Comment by Bill Brady | December 23, 2007

  10. Conquest is a lousy name for that ship given the history of that part of the world. That’s easy enough to see.

    I’ve always agreed that I don’t have the solution on how these places get by without the tourist dollars. Though the cruise ship firms and the tourists always retain the option to learn the history of the region and to make donations or pay more for use of the ports and attractions of the islands.

    I’m not convinced that people take those ships to learn about other cultures. A few folks maybe. Not anything near a majority.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 23, 2007

  11. quit bitch cuz you can’t afford to go on a cruise pussy

    Comment by aflack | January 24, 2008

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