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“Cruise from hell”: Don’t pity Carnival’s passengers!

This week, Americans’ imaginations -- or at least CNN’s programming -- were captured by reports from Carnival’s “cruise from hell." Sewage-soaked cabins. Hoarded food. Plastic bags used as toilets.

The passengers escaped the ship late Thursday, five days after an engine fire disabled the vessel. But, amid the scenes of bathrobe-clad passengers kissing American soil, there’s been comparatively little attention to the crew that was stuck with them -- and kept on serving them. Though they likely suffered most, the cruise workers’ misery lacks the allure of irony: They’re not accustomed to vacationing in luxury. Indeed, thanks to the efforts of Carnival and company, they can’t even count on the basic labor standards available under U.S. law.

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