It’s just after 3:00 a.m. on July 2, 1978, and passengers on board the S.S. America are angry. The people are so incensed, in fact, that they’re shouting, “We want to get off!” And, unsurprisingly, the chanting will soon be followed by violence. Yet this isn’t a naval insurgence; instead, it’s a mutiny. What’s more, the revolt is rather bizarrely happening on a cruise ship.
Earlier that day, however, the passengers who’d arrived at the pier on New York’s West 54th Street probably couldn’t believe their luck. You see, they’d each paid as little as $99 for a two-night cruise from Manhattan. In addition, the advertisements for the Venture Cruise Lines trip had promised the people opulence beyond their wildest dreams. But the reality would turn out to be far from luxurious.