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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.

While noting that the Carnival Triumph crew did an excellent job keeping all the kids both entertained and safe, the four women shared one common sentiment:

"I was thankful we didn't have our kids with us," says Julie Pringle. "[They were] safe at home."

As the boat turned into an open bar on wheels at one point, Morgan describes the role alcohol played in their inadvertent adventure:

"We know how to handle ourselves, but there's always that group of people that don't – much like with the food situation – and take too much, they drank too much, and were acting the fool," she details. "I think they – they being the crew – intended it to be a nice gesture. And for those of us with sense, it was taken that way."

Watch the clip, listen to the interview, then tune in at 9 for the rest of the interview with the four friends who had their birthday celebration sunk aboard the Carnival Triumph.
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  1. Kara Brown

    Newtown was a tragedy. This mishap was an inconvenience. What an insult....this is what my teenager calls a "first world problem." Hell, I haven't had a vacation in years. At times like this, I can truly appreciate Jon Stewart-he, at least, helps the public keep news in perspective.

    February 16, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Angela Keyes

      An insult? I was on this once in a lifetime cruise with my elderly mother and sisters that we tireless saved for. You think it was a piece of cake to wake up and see your ship on fire like a burning building only to sit and wait to hear hours later that it was contained. Then to sit in unprotected waters drifting with no protection for the next 18 hiurs whicjh afterwards spend five days with sewage spilling iover rhe ship and fighting for food and water in survival mode. You're clueless!

      February 17, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. craig

    I think its outrageous that lawsuits are getting filed. It was an mishap that happened. American troops go through much worse serving our country for YEARS! How dare you think your world is turned upside down for six days of inconvenience!

    February 17, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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