There were approximately 4,200 passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph ship when it docked after being stranded for five days in the Gulf of Mexico. An engine fire led to the ship completely losing power.
In addition to losing power, the passengers only had a limited amount of food and the toilets were overflowing thanks to plumbing problems. One passenger, Kendall Jenkins from Houston, Texas described the conditions when the ship was helpless at see as “like the Hunger Games.”
Jenkins went on to say, “We kissed the ground when we got off. “
Janie Esparza, a passenger from Houston said, “The smell was not good. It’s just been a really taxing experience for us.”
“Things started to break down a few days ago. People were just on edge. There were a lot of angry people on the ship.”
“The smell was not good,” Houston native Janie Esparza said. “It’s just been a really taxing experience for us. Things started to break down a few days ago — people just on edge. There were a lot of angry people on the ship.”
Brittany Ferguson from Texas said, “I’m feeling awesome just to see land and buildings. The scariest part was just not knowing when we’d get back.”
The Carnival Chief Executive Gerry Cahill spoke at a news conference after the ship docked. He said, “We pride ourselves on providing our guests with great vacations, clearly we failed.”
The passengers were given a full refund, credit for a future trip and $500 due to the ships failing. Thankfully no one died or suffered any serious injury.
3, 143 passengers were placed on buses headed to New Orleans and Texas. Carnival says it plans on helping the passengers to get the rest of the way home.
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