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Spam the torpedoes! Carnival Splendor returns home -- with some funny twists

November 11, 2010|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • Levity was not in short supply as the stranded cruise ship Carnival Splendor arrived in San Diego on Thursday.
Levity was not in short supply as the stranded cruise ship Carnival Splendor… (Jae C. Hong / Associated…)

Some people show great courage in the face of adversity; some just get silly. Here's what happened when the Carnival Splendor cruise ship finally returned to San Diego on Thursday after being left powerless at sea by an engine fire:

Passenger Donna Hobbs and some fellow strandees put their ordeal into a snappy sea ditty sung to the tune of the "Gilligan's Island" theme song. Thank goodness someone was laughing. (Click here for the ABC-TV video.)

But maybe those lyrics tell a bigger story. Hobbs sings of "more salad and more fruit, cucumber and cheese sandwiches..."

Really? Word on the sea was that Pop-Tarts and Spam were the plats du jour. But a tweet by Carnival personnel disputed that account: "Despite media reports to the contrary, Carnival Splendor guests were never served SPAM!" Of course, that provoked a slew of comments from Spam lovers everywhere. (Carnival later added that "while some SPAM was delivered, it was never served to guests.")

That denial didn't stop vendors from selling T-shirts for $20 each to returning passengers imprinted with the phrase: "I survived the 2010 Carnival cruise Spamcation,"  the Associated Press reported.

Spamcation? Let's hope that doesn't turn into a travel trend.

Check out the "Carnival Splendor Twitter chatter" to stay on top of news about the returning cruise ship.

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