Cruise passengers not deterred by Carnival debacle - FOX 13 News

Cruise passengers not deterred by Carnival debacle

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Four days in paradise, on the Carnival Paradise. Thursday afternoon, passengers were eager to get on board, and start their Western Caribbean cruise.

"We're just focusing on us, going out and having a good time, " said Chris Martinez, from Columbus, Georgia.

He had eight family members with him, and just like everyone else, they heard the news about the Carnival Triumph.

The ship that became stranded at sea has everyone talking.

Greg Wussow and his wife Anne just came back from a cruise on Paradise. They raved about their vacation, but they say they heard talk about the Triumph all around them. The harrowing stories they heard gave them pause.

"You think about how easily it could happen to you. That you're just thankful you're not in the same situation," Wussow said.

The passengers feel an accident happening is a one in a billion chance. Tonya Washington says it does cross her mind when she first gets on board.

"But then you get on, you're enjoying yourself and they go into safety protocol so it kind of takes the worry out," she said.

Just like airplanes and cars, traveling isn't always perfect.

Gail Carpenters owns Cruiser Planners.

"I have gotten calls and emails. People just concerned and have questions. But no one has canceled," she said.

Carpenter says she doesn't expect much to change in the cruise industry after this accident.

"In this situation, an engine blows up. You can't do anything. I really don't think it's going to change anything in the industry, but I think maybe... this ship was refurbished in 2008, maybe they need to reburies them a little sooner, maybe a little bit more often," she said.

Most say worrying doesn't help.

"I'm on vacation. If you thought about it, you wouldn't have fun. So, if it happens, it happens, " said James Compton, from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Gail advises passengers to make sure they attend the safety drill and listen to all staff instructions. She has taken 51 cruises and says she's never had a problem on board.

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