MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — There are plenty of descriptions of awful conditions on board the Carnival cruise ship Triumph from the passengers who were stuck on board for five days after the ship was disabled by an engine-room fire.
But few negative words are being heard about the crew members who also had to endure those conditions while doing what they could to make passengers comfortable. Brandi Dorsett of Sweeny, Texas, says, "The crew was awesome."
Passengers are also telling about sharing or trading precious supplies, and even welcoming strangers into their private cabins. Sandy Jackson of Houston was fortunate to have an upper-level room with a balcony, and a breeze that kept the air fresh. Rooms on the lower deck were foul or stifling, so she took in five people, including four strangers.
One man used his pocket knife to cut rope and make tents out of bed sheets for the passengers who were sleeping on the outside deck. At first, other passengers told him he was going to get in trouble -- but later, everyone wanted to borrow his knife to do the same thing.
131-a-05-(Rebekah Poret (POR'-ay), 10-year-old Carnival Triumph passenger traveling with her 12-year-old best friend, in AP interview)-"with some ketchup"-Ten-year-old passenger Rebekah Poret says meals were very limited during the ordeal. (15 Feb 2013)
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121-a-10-(Judy Garcia, passenger, celebrating her 53rd wedding anniversary with her husband, in AP interview)-"not very good"-Passenger Judy Garcia says she and her husband had to force themselves to eat during the ordeal. (15 Feb 2013)
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122-a-10-(Judy Garcia, passenger, celebrating her 53rd wedding anniversary with her husband, in AP interview)-"have some air"-Passenger Judy Garcia says with no power, there was no ventilation. (15 Feb 2013)
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GRAPHICSBANK: Carnival Triumph cruise ship docked, Mobile, Alabama, graphic element on gray (15 Feb 2013)
APPHOTO AX603: This undated photo provided by passenger Don Hoggatt, of Dallas, shows the tent city built on the Lido deck of the Carnival Triumph cruise ship for people to spend the day or night in to escape the stench from the lower decks of the disabled ship. The Triumph arrived late Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Mobile, Ala., after an engine-room fire left the ship powerless off Mexico last weekend. (AP Photo/Don Hoggatt) (15 Feb 2013)
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APPHOTO ALDM102: The cruise ship Carnival Triumph is moored at a dock in Mobile, Ala., Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The ship, which docked Thursday in Mobile after drifting nearly powerless in the Gulf of Mexico for five days, was moved Friday from the cruise terminal to a repair facility. The ship carrying more than 4,200 passengers and crew members had been idled for nearly a week in the Gulf of Mexico following an engine room fire. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) (15 Feb 2013)
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