A few years ago, another Carnival Cruise ship broke down at sea, that time in the Pacific Ocean. A valley couple who was on board that ship knows what some of these passengers are going through.
Thursday night, they relived their nightmare cruise with us.
A Peoria woman actually booked a trip through the Mexican Riviera as a Christmas gift to her ex-husband and their two daughters.
But they never made it to their destination. Just hours after leaving Long Beach, their trip came to a halt and they were stranded for two days.
"Six o'clock in the morning the ship starts rocking. You could smell smoke, like burning wire, electrical wire. The lights came on, the emergency lights kicked on, that was it. They just told us to come up to the deck," says Dan Kulis.
Dan Kulis and Joanne Campanelli had their dream vacation ruined when a fire broke out on Carnival Splendor.
"The worst part was being worried. Having my kids there and being worried that we weren't going to be ok. Then after I knew we're going to be ok, it was the inconvenience of the toilets and the showers," says Joanne.
Much like the situation passengers on Carnival Triumph dealt with this week -- this family says the worst part was the smell.
"The odor was bad. Most people were staying in the hallways playing cards, laying on the floor cause the rooms didn't have any air, no windows. It stunk. There was some kind of ventilation in the hallways but then you're walking over people and the people who exceeded their limits on the bathroom, it's flowing out into the hallway too," says Dan.
"Well I just eat the cereal boxes cause they had sandwiches made out of beets and lettuce and some mystery sauce, I don't even know what the sauce was," says 12-year-old Summer.
Dan says the most chaotic part of the trip was when they finally hit land.
"That was one of the longer times of the cruise, waiting to get off when we finally docked. They didn't have any electrical help to get the luggage off and the people. There were no elevators of course."
They finally docked in San Diego and had to take a bus ride to Long Beach before driving home to Peoria.
Carnival reimbursed the family for their trip and offered them a new trip. Joanne and her girls have gone on four cruises since then.