Poplar Bluff couple recalls experience aboard Carnival Triumph

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT)- John and Debra MacDonald stayed much longer than expected on their cruise vacation when a fire started in the engine room of the Carnival Triumph.

"We booked a four day cruise and we were on it 8. We doubled our money and our fun I guess," John MacDonald said.

The MacDonalds said they were not scared until they looked out their window and all they could see was smoke.

Investigators said it could be up to six months before the investigation comes to an end. But Debra MacDonald said she will never forget the smell of the cruise ship after the power shut off and the sewage was stopped.

"I am a nurse," she said. "I've done a lot of things in my career like all nurses have and I smelled a lot of things. Never in my life have I smelt anything like what was going on this ship."

The couple had to open their balcony door and keep their room door open in order to get fresh air.

But the couple said this wont be their last cruise vacation.

"I'm going to cruise and enjoy my life and worry about the next problem when it comes," Debra MacDonald said.

Carnival has offered each passenger a free flight home, a full refund for the trip and expenses, five-hundred-dollars, and a credit for another cruise.

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