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November 12th, 2010
09:02 AM ET

Cruise passenger: 'I'm just thankful to be alive'

The crippled Carnival Cruise Line ship finally pulled into San Diego Thursday. A fire that knocked out power Monday left some 3,500 passengers without air conditioning, hot showers or decent meals for four days of their vacation.

Two female passengers, one who was on a girls' getaway and another who was on a religious retreat, talk to American Morning today about the conditions inside.

Watch the video below to hear them talk about the smelly toilets, lackluster meals and how things gradually got better.  Also, check out this interview with Kiran Chetry, where passengers say warm beer and wine helped ease the tension on board.

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    I know that I would certainly be 'thankful' to GOD that I was still alive had I been on that cruise ship. I wouldn't complain PERIOD about ANYTHING! I definately wouldn't try to find reason to blame ANYONE, nor ANYTHING for ANY inconvenience that I may have suffered, because I would be too busy thanking the LORD that I was still alive to suffer it! I would be too busy thanking GOD that it wasn't another TITANIC EVENT; because it certainly could have been! THE SHIP COULD HAVE SUNK!

    November 14, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  2. David Thelen

    This story reminds me of the need for there to be a few Red Cross ships docked around the world. These ships should house a few helicopters, many beds, warehouse space and an emergency health clinic as well. If these few ships were made, they could be brought in for transporting people off this disabled cruise ship.
    What would happen if a major earthquake were to hit a very populated area such as the bay area California? These Red Cross ships could be docked just off shore and fly emergency supplies by helicopters to the area. They could utilize the parks as drop off areas. Then these flights would transport the injured back to these supplies/health clinics Red Cross ships.
    The same could be done for areas that had a major hurricane moved through an area.
    All populated areas should have empty green space doting throughout any town. This way the supplies could be dropped and the injured be picked up there. However, it may require temporary fencing be brought in for crowd control. At other times these empty green space could be utilized as parks for everyone to enjoy.
    Imagine if it took this long to rescue people from a disabled cruise ship. How long would it take to rescue people from a major earthquake or hurricane? If we can raise record amount of money for this last election: politicians, can you raise money the same way to purchase a few Red Cross ships as well?

    November 12, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  3. Dan

    Something I find VERY interesting. There were a few comments already posted this morning on this blog, ALL saying the excursion was NOT hell and basically the passengers needed to stop complaining.
    Why, all of a sudden, are these comments missing? CNN didn't get the response they expected from the general public?

    November 12, 2010 at 9:06 am |
    • amFIX

      Our blog experienced a posting issue this morning, and so we had to repost about an hour later. We apologize. Any type of commentary and feedback is welcome on this blog. Please repost as you wish!

      November 12, 2010 at 12:39 pm |