The Carnival Triumph being towed to Mobile, AL on February 14, 2013.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – For five days, more than 4,200 people were stranded onboard the cruise ship Carnival Triumph. A Kentuckiana woman and her sister were two of them.
Fran Thompson made the long trip south to meet his wife as soon as they disembark from the ship.
"This was my wife's first cruise and I guarantee it will be her last," said Thompson.
Thompson said he wanted to send his wife and sister-in-law on a much needed vacation. He thought a Carnival cruise was the perfect idea.
"It was a Christmas present from me to her and her sister because her sister has Stage Four cancer," said Thompson, "it was for her to relax."
It has turned out to be anything, but relaxing.
"They have no electricity so their cell phone batteries have gone dead and their iPods and all of the above, so I don't even know for sure if they know that I'm here," said Thompson.
Thompson said from the beginning, ever since a fire in the engine room left the ship without power on Sunday, he wishes Carnival Cruise Line officials would have been more open about the current situation.
"If it's a problem, it is not a good scenario, but tell us the damn truth for what you know, we haven't heard anything truthful yet to my knowledge," said Thompson. "I think right now Carnival is trying to sit down with the powers at be within their company and figure out what in the hell are we going to do."
By now Thompson believes his wife and sister-in-law are without clean clothes. So before heading to Alabama, he went shopping. Now he's just ready to see his loved ones and put this whole thing behind them.
"When I know that the ship is here, the heart will quit beating quite as fast," said Thompson.
The cruise line has stated it would refund nearly all expenses related to the cruise, give passengers a credit for the future, and pay each passenger $500.
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