MOUNT VERNON — Apple Valley resident Lisa Miller is happy to be home after being aboard the disabled Carnival Triumph cruise ship.
Miller was one of 3,000 passengers and 1,200 crew stranded at sea after a fire took out the ship’s engines. Monday she was back to work at Joyce Choice Buick in Mansfield and still feeling somewhat dazed by her vacation-turned-disaster.
Miller, 41, decided to take the first cruise of her life with a handful of friends from Texas. She was reluctant to go because she was busy, but her husband, Jeremy, encouraged her to go and her friends said, “We need this. We can all de-stress and unplug.”
The ship departed Galveston, Texas, for a four-day Caribbean cruise on Feb. 7. Instead, the trip lasted nine days.
On Sunday, Feb. 10, Miller said, “I woke about four or five in the morning out of a sleep and I smelled smoke. I said, ‘Linda, do you smell smoke?’” She did.
“We opened the hallway door and looked down and you couldn’t see down the hallway. Then we heard, ‘Alpha engine 6, Alpha engine 6,’ and we knew something was wrong,” she continued.
They took life jackets and went to the deck and saw black smoke billowing from the end of the ship. They were told there was “just a small fire in the engine rooms.” Later they were told the crew would not be able to restart the engines.
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