November 11th, 2010
01:31 PM ET

Passenger: We didn't know about fire until ship docked

Passengers on board a crippled Carnival Cruise LInes ship, which was pulled to port in San Diego, California, after a fire knocked out power earlier this week, said they were not told of the fire until the ship docked.

They were only told there was "lots of smoke," passenger Ken King told CNN.

"The first part of it was OK," he said of the cruise. "The food was great, staff was great." But after the fire, he said, the food "actually got worse. The toilets didn't work for about 12 hours."

King is among some 3,300 passengers who left the ship after the three-day ordeal that began with a fire in the ship's engine room Monday. Engineers were unable to restore power to the ship after the fire was extinguished, leaving passengers without air conditioning, hot showers or decent meals. Instead, they had to settle for Spam and Pop-Tarts dropped off by the USS Ronald Reagan, which came to assist.

"They never told us what the issue was," King said.

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  1. K jacktown michigan

    i paid for a paradise cruise, and got a virtual tour of hait! Wow, what a getaway!, i have eaten better in the joint.

    November 11, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    People.
    Lesson 1, A lot of Smoke on a ship= A lot of FIRE!
    Lesson 2 When you have be towed in don't wait for the Captain to tell you the ship has a problem.
    Lesson 3 Just when you thought things could not get worse,they will.

    November 11, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. K jacktown michigan

    all that money and no where to poop!

    November 11, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chandra

    Attn Carnival. No one is perfect. Give the free replacement cruise to those that have sense enough to appreciate your lack of perfection and "ignore" the ones that will not accept the replacement cruise because (they believe that they are perfect). P.S. Do not forget to pull out the Big Guns (your Attorneys)!

    November 11, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hello

    Why would they tell passengers there's a fire? They'd all jump overboard and there'd be more problems. :rollseyes:

    November 11, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. canadianman

    I can't believe people are complaining. It could have been worse. The ship could've sunk. But ya let's complain about the sandwiches.

    November 11, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • tig

      LOL! My husband said the same thing!

      November 12, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Why's Kathi Lee Gifford Wearing A Life Jacket?

    It's Carnival Cruise Lines. That about says it all. You might as well hire out a row boat for a cruise.

    November 12, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. DN3

    They were not told of the fire until the ship docked and all they were told was that there was a lot of smoke... Like Frank said, smoke = fire....err, or a lot of people smoking. I really hope this man was misquoted.

    November 12, 2010 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. Scott

    Have to agree with Frank. If you are not paying attention to the world around you (smoke=fire) then you are cannon fodder, or at best a statistic on cnn.

    November 12, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. chris

    I hope the drinks were FREE!!!!

    November 12, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. levi

    wow..they got lucky. right?

    November 12, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. levi

    ok that was a dumb post.. I was originally referring to the ti..tan..ic but that word apparently is flagged.

    November 12, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. joey

    ok, i was on the reagan when all of this was going down, funny cause our reactors went down not a week before this and we were stuck in the middle of the pacific, no aid. And then we get a replenishment at sea a few days later only to have this cruise ship take everything we just got and they're complaining about the food we gave them. We eat that stuff all the time, frozen sandwiches, frozen "almost" milk, stale bread, spam and pop tarts. That was our good stuff. You see what we have to eat. ungrateful piece of $#!% passengers.

    November 27, 2010 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |