CORRECTION: Thursday, April 19, 2007
Barbados Free Press picked up on the story as carried by the Guardian and CBC (CWC Fans Stranded In Grenada) – that a cruise on the Carnival Destiny had been cancelled. Both the Guardian and CBC stories are still online on Thursday afternoon as we write this correction.
An article published today, Thursday April 19th in the online Nation News has Grenadian-based shipping agent Laurence Duncan of George G. Huggins Services Division refuting PARTS of the story as carried in the Guardian and CBC.
Apparently the ship sailed, but Mr. Duncan does not address the issue of fans left behind. Also there is absolutely no information given by Mr. Duncan as to the reports of Indian cricket fans bumped from a flight so that Cricket World Cup officials would have seats.
The original story quotes Huggins’ Marketing Manager Denise Parke and Operations Manager Reginald Sandy – who are not mentioned in the new press release.
SOMETHING happened here folks, and we are still trying to find out what.
Did a reporter make up the entire story? Do the original sources Denise Parke and Reginald Sandy exist as employees of Huggins Services Division? Why did they say what they said? Were Indian fans dumped from a flight for CWC officials? Was the flight actually diverted?
Something happened, but like many things associated with Cricket World Cup, it will probably remain a secret kept by a few.
Some of our commenters who seized upon this story as an example of “shoddy blog” rumours should be aware that this is the benefit of a blog – stories are vetted by thousands of readers who eventually get to the truth (Hey… that’s why the government hates blogs!)
Critics should also let the CBC and the Guardian know that Barbados Free Press has responded with corrections and more questions while the old media still has the original story posted.
The Nation News has printed some information, but as usual, they have failed to ask any questions and are acting as a press release agency for the travel agency.
From The Nation News…
Destiny Trip “Not Cancelled”
Grenadian-based shipping agent, George G. Huggins, has refuted a British newspaper report that scores of English and South African cricket fans were left stranded in St George’s by Carnival Destiny.
A news item in The Guardian newspaper in Britain yesterday said the cruise liner had cancelled its April 16 port call to Barbados at the last minute. It added this had put a halt to their plans to visit Barbados for Tuesday’s big Cricket World Cup (CWC) Super 8 match between England and South Africa at Kensington Oval.
But Laurence Duncan, manager of George F. Huggins’ services division, said in a statement that Carnival Destiny had not cancelled any of its scheduled port calls. He also confirmed that the ship departed on April 16 and sailed to Barbados as planned.
Yesterday, Carnival Destiny docked in St George’s where more than 250 people boarded the luxury cruise vessel, the statement said.
On April 14, the release said, more than 800 passengers who took advantage of the special cruise offer sailed to Barbados.
Duncan said response to cut-price cruise offers had been fantastic.
Carnival Destiny, on a charter by Barbados for April 8 to May 6, has offered several sailings to Grenada for CWC matches.
It will also call at St Lucia for the semi-finals next week.
… read the original story online here.
Here is our original story taken from the Guardian and CBC on April 19th …
Indian Fans Bumped Off Airline Flight So Cricket Officials Could Have Their Seats!
Cricket Fans Had Already Paid For Accommodation & Tickets In Barbados!
The Guardian says that “scores” of fans were stranded in Grenada. “Scores?” Shouldn’t that have read “A Thousand” or at least “Hundreds” ?
How many dozen fans were on the Carnival Destiny? That may tell the tale as to why she didn’t sail. Would they have moved a whole floating city for less than a hundred people?
Don’t expect to hear the truth from Tourism Minister Noel Lynch.
No further comment needed from Barbados Free Press, except for this…
Read ’em and weep…
Supporters are left all at sea as Destiny fails to set sail
David Hopps at St George’s
Wednesday April 18, 2007
Scores of England and South Africa fans were stranded in Grenada after their cruise liner to Barbados was cancelled without explanation at the last minute.
The Caribbean Destiny was scheduled to leave St George’s on Monday evening, prompting supporters to buy match tickets and Barbados accommodation before England’s game with South Africa. But it did not sail, further embarrassing World Cup organisers who have already faced criticism of a log jam in regional flights. One flight from Barbados to Grenada landed in Tobago because the pilot had not been informed of a change in schedule, and Indian passengers with valid tickets were bumped off a flight to Guyana so that ICC officials could travel.
Denise Parke, marketing manager for Geo F Huggins and Co, the local agents, said on a Grenada website that the trip, confirmed only last week, had been cancelled “to allow the cruise liner to meet international standards”. Reginald Sandy, the operations manager, suggested otherwise. He said: “We got the thumbs-up for the 16th but there was a change along the way. The verbal promise was never really on.”
Paul Heath, 23, an England fan from High Wycombe, had to find emergency accommodation in Grenada until he could leave the island. “It’s giving Grenada a bad name,” he said. “England fans bought match tickets, and some of us paid for accommodation in Barbados, in the belief that they could get to the game. No one knows why the cruise was cancelled.”
… read the original Guardian here.
Also see our previous article: Carnival Destiny Cruise Trip Cancelled!