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Stranded cruise ship offers lesson in huge vessels' vulnerabilities

Nov 10, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
With communications largely cut off after a fire knocked out several operating systems, it's unclear what kind of hardships passengers are enduring. But the cruise line's CEO acknowledges it's an 'extremely trying situation.' The towed ship is expected to reach San Diego late Thursday.

They're called "floating cities," massive cruise ships that resemble skyscrapers and offer all the amenities of high-end resorts — spas and casinos, Broadway shows and amusement parks, fine dining and luxury shopping.