That didn't take long. The Carnival Triumph cruise ship had barely docked in Alabama when member of Congress said the federal government should get involved.
Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) is calling on her colleagues to investigate an engine fire on the cruise ship, which left 4,000 passengers and crew members stranded at sea in squalid conditions for four days.
In a letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Matsui cited safety concerns for the passengers, who lacked access to food and working toilets after the ship lost power and some rooms flooded.
"The cruise industry forcefully defends itself as being a provider of safe, luxurious vacations. Yet the experience on board the Triumph was anything but," Matsui wrote. "We owe it to the people who lived through this nightmare a swift and thorough investigation into what went wrong and why."
Some suggest the cruise fiasco has already received more attention that it deserves. Uncomfortable as it was for passengers and crew, everyone made it home safely, noted New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof). He tweeted, "We journos were all over the cruise ship.Can we provide equal attention to the billions who always lack food & sanitation?"
Via The Sacramento Bee, and Politix reporting.