Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath Says His '90s Music Cruise Is Canceled Due to Carnival's "Poop Ship"
8:38AM Monday March 4, 2013
This October, fans of '90s music everywhere were going to set sail with Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath on a Carnival cruise that also included Smash Mouth, the Spin Doctors, the Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon, The Verve Pipe and other pre-Millennium stars. But now, the cruise has been canceled, and Mark says the reason is the recent Carnival Triumph disaster.
The cruise's official site carries a notice that the "Mark McGrath & Friends Cruise Has Been Canceled," but has no explanation. The Sugar Ray frontman, however, said on Twitter that the fate of the Carnival Triumph -- which stranded thousands of passengers without running water or food for nearly a week after an engine fire shut down its power -- was a contributing factor.
"That poop cruise did us no favor," Mark wrote on Twitter, referring to the fact that the Carnival Triumph became overrun with human waste during the ordeal. He also said, "It's a real bummer, that recent cruise fiasco really took us down" and "the recent fiasco sunk us, no pun intended!" The singer also insisted that he "certainly didn't pull the plug" on the event.
However, it's possible that the tickets to the cruise, which started at $649, simply weren't selling to begin with, and blaming the Triumph disaster is a convenient way to save face. Now, Matchbox Twenty fans will simply have to cross their fingers and hope that the band's newly-announced December cruise on the Carnival Imagination doesn't face the same fate.