TYLER (KYTX) - East Texans home in their own beds tonight after a nightmare at sea and reports of some horrible and filthy conditions.
I spoke to this couple by phone yesterday while they were still on the Triumph.
Now they're home, safe and sound and warm, after a longer than expected trip.
One they say they won't soon forget.
"We stopped in Huntsville and had a hot meal, hot lunch," says Martha Lindblom.
Lunch Friday was Martha and her husband Ray Lindblom's first hot meal in days.
"Next best thing, be a hot shower. But getting that hot meal. I can shave and cut my hair," say the couple.
They're finally home in Tyler, and ready to clean up after being stuck on the Carnival Triumph for days.
The engine room caught fire and stranded the entire ship at sea.
"Yes, we had some minor inconveniences, yes the commodes didn't all work," says Ray.
Ray says there were things they had to do without, and many people slept on the decks.
These pictures are a few he snapped while on board.
"It's as bad as you want to make it," says Ray.
Ray and Martha say they made the best of it, and were happy the crew did the same.
"Tuesday afternoon, they got all the Mardi Gras beads out and got their band together and had a little Mardi Gras party upstairs on the lido deck," says Martha.
Ray also took pictures of the tug boats arriving in the rough water.
"Gosh, I felt like we were leaning like sticks," says Ray.
And a medical helicopter landing to help treat people who got sick.
They say the captain and crew made the passenger's safety their top priority.
Martha says one of the biggest moments was at a rest stop while headed back to Texas.
"The women when they got out, they were so happy, 'it flushed, it flushed' we have working commodes,'" says Martha.
Still, the couple says the trip itself made them appreciate the little things.
"The sunsets and the sunrise were perfect," says Ray.
The Lindblom's arrived this afternoon after hours on the road, and an overnight bus trip.
The Lindblom's say they will be making more cruise trips in the future, this is only one of 15 they've been on.
They say they know it's not the normal experience.