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February 15th, 2013
05:44 PM ET

Triumph passenger on life aboard the ship: "After a point, you just relax ... what can you do? You're essentially trapped"

On the heels of a hellacious cruise that featured a lack of electricity, and an overflowing amount of sewage, this evening at 9 "Piers Morgan Tonight" speaks with four women who signed up for the trip with the most admirable of intentions: to celebrate a 40th birthday.

Joining guest host Ashleigh Banfield tonight, Kerry Padilla details the moment things took a turn for the worst, and how their perspective changed as the situation developed:

"In the beginning, we thought it was very scary, and then, I would say, within, I don't know, half-hour, an hour, we realized that our lives weren't in immediate danger anymore," explains the birthday girl. "It was just going to be a matter of figuring out what we were going to do next."

Describing the frustration that crept in as the hours crawled along, Julie Morgan says she wishes the crew had been more forthcoming:

"I think the lack of information, initially, they just kept saying, 'It's a little fire, we don't know, we don't know.' So after a point, you just relax, because you don't know anything. What can you do? You're essentially trapped, and you can't change your mind and get off. So you just had to go with the flow."

As part of a special program called "Triumph and Tragedy," Banfield fills in for Piers Morgan, asking her guests about any children they observed during their wild voyage. FULL POST

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February 15th, 2013
04:32 PM ET

This evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" revisits an interview with Oscar Pistorius from late 2012

As new details emerge in the case surrounding Oscar Pistorius and the shooting death of his girlfriend, South African model Reeva Steenkamp, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" revisits a 2012 interview the host conducted with the man dubbed "Blade Runner."

Months prior to being wrapped up in a scandal that has left the Olympian charged with murder, Pistorius sat down with Piers Morgan in studio for an honest and engaging interview.

Having gained worldwide attention as the first Paralympian to compete in the able-bodied Olympics, the man who had both his legs amputated below the knees as a toddler shared his thoughts on being viewed as a role model:

"I think it's a massive blessing," he said. "And, obviously, being an international sportsman, there's a lot of responsibility that comes with that."

As part of a conversation that today feels fairly ironic, the 26-year-old spoke about dealing with his disability, and helping to teach and inspire the next generation: FULL POST

February 15th, 2013
03:45 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Erin Burnett interviews docked passengers; Donny Deutsch and panel on long-term impact

As the epic adventure that was the Carnival Triumph finally came to a conclusion late last night, early this morning Erin Burnett guest hosted a special live midnight edition of "Piers Morgan Tonight," fielding phone calls and greeting relieved passengers while on the ground in Mobile, Ala.

Joined by colleague Martin Savidge, the regular host of "Erin Burnett OutFront" welcomed friends Brett Klausman and Joe Perkin, pals from Kansas and Missouri who had ventured on a voyage without their wives, a fourth such excursion in as many years:

"There will be a fifth, though. We will go back." said Klausman.

"As long as our wives allow us," chimed in Perkin.

Sporting a newly acquired, all-terrycloth ensemble, admitted he'd picked up a certain souvenir for his troubles.

"Sorry, Carnival – for taking your bathrobe," laughed Klausman. "I did not pay for this, but I figured they owed me a bathrobe."

Someone inside the cruise line's public relations or social media department was apparently watching the live CNN broadcast, and used Twitter to run some damage control:

Ripping off good-natured one-liners while sharing stories of inter-cabin camaraderie, the men from the Midwest exited their interview, with Klausman still wearing his robe:

"I'm definitely keeping it as a souvenir," he said, smiling.

"Don't worry, we won't tell," promised Savidge, while reporting for a network that is watched worldwide.

Hours earlier, as the dramatic arrival of the Carnival Triumph cruise ship unfolded live during the 9 p.m. hour, guest host Donny Deutsch hunkered down from home base, anchoring "Piers Morgan Tonight" from New York.

Tasked with keeping the viewers informed of the latest, while also placing the entire ordeal into perspective, Deutsch welcomed his "All-Star panel" of experts and analysts, who all provided their unique insight into the hellacious voyage.

Noting how tales like these do tend to become inflated over time, the television personality painted a picture of what's to come over the next half-decade:
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Need to Know News:  Oscar Pistorius weeps in court, prosecutors to seek premeditated murder charge; Meteor blast injures 725 in Russia
February 15th, 2013
12:13 PM ET

Need to Know News: Oscar Pistorius weeps in court, prosecutors to seek premeditated murder charge; Meteor blast injures 725 in Russia

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For February 15, 2013 – Oscar Pistorius weeps in court, prosecutors to seek premeditated murder charge; Meteor blast injures 725 in Russia; tears and big hugs as cruise passengers reunite with families in Mobile...

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February 15th, 2013
12:34 AM ET

Pat Kiernan adds perspective to the nightmare on the cruise ship: "Mostly this is uncomfortable for people, that's all it is"

As the dramatic Alabama arrival of the Carnival Triumph cruise ship unfolded live on CNN, guest host Donny Deutsch anchored "Piers Morgan Tonight" from the network's New York studio, keeping viewers up to date, while also adding some overall insight and perspective to the situation.

With Erin Burnett reporting live from Mobile, Ala., Deutsch held down the ship in Manhattan, welcoming a trio of guests charged with keeping the nightmare cruise in context.

Being careful not to minimize any of the drama and trauma incurred over the course of the last few days, Pat Kiernan noted that things could have been a whole lot worse:

"Mostly this is uncomfortable for people, that's all it is," said the NY1 morning news anchor. "It's a horrible vacation, it's a nightmare vacation. But they're uncomfortable right now, and they're bored. They're up there on the decks waving to the CNN helicopter."

Referencing some of the world's most-recent tragedies, the guest host cautioned against overreaction and hyperbole:

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