Carnival Cruise passengers who recently returned from their nightmare on the Triumph have begun to tell their stories on social media and elsewhere and the tales are not pretty. The photos are sobering, too, as evidenced in an interview with Angie Cunningham published on the Oklahoma City Travel Examiner on Feb. 21, posted on Facebook.
In the news stories on television, viewers have seen shots of the beautiful Carnival Cruise ship Triumph as it entered the port in Alabama, lit in beautiful color. The photos you will see in the slideshow that accompanies this interview provide a different angle. These photos are an inside look at what the average families on board were experiencing living in a make-shift tent city on the deck of the ship.
You can read about some passengers who are filing a lawsuit about the disastrous experience here on The Hill.
Writer Mandy Robinson shares Angie Cunningham’s account of the travails of just getting some food on board the free-floating Triumph without power, water, and sanitation. Her story is real and she does not embellish details in either a positive or negative way. She just recounts the time the Cunningham family spent on board, waiting to be delivered to port.
An interesting statement she made about the trip into port caught my attention more than anything else in the story on the Oklahoma City Travel Examiner:
Carnival lied to them the entire time they were on the ship. They were told they were 200 miles from Mobile to later find out that they were really 340 miles away. They were told they would be taken to Progresso but then later found out they chose Mobile so that they could save money and not have to pay for rushed passports for everyone on board that didn't have one.
If you want to hear the clear, unvarnished details of the Carnival cruise that went wrong, be sure and read this interview with a passenger and view the accompanying slide show to see her photos from on board the ship.
Here is an interesting Facebook discussion on a CNN Facebook page about the compensation deserved by passengers.