YUKON, Okla. – Passengers aboard Carnival’s Triumph cruise liner have begun to file lawsuits alleging vacationers were injured during their trip on the crippled ship.
Oklahoman, Joy Dyer, will not likely be one of them.
Yes, she had the same horrific experiences as many others on the ship.
But, she also had many experiences for which she said sh is grateful.
Dyer lives in Yukon, Oklahoma with her husband and their two sons, Jenson and Jace Dyer.
Her trip on the Triumph was supposed to be a four-day girls celebration at sea.
On day three, the trip took a drastic turn.
The catastrophes aboard the Triumph have been well-documented; sewage running down hallways, food hoarding, tent cities.
Dyer has vivid memories of all those things.
“Anytime there was something wet you just had to assume, it was a horrible place to walk.” Dyer said. “The smell was so awful.”
Dyer and several of her travel mates lived on one of the pool decks for five days.
Their rooms had no windows and said the stench was unbearable.
“We gathered our bed sheets and used the belts from our bathrobes and whatever we could find to construct a shelter over our sets of seats,” Dyer said.
Dyer hopes to never eat another onion sandwich again.
“We couldn’t figure out why they wouldn’t just lay bread out,” she said. “I thought maybe it was just the mentality of chefs on a cruise line. Perhaps they feel like they always have to do something. Even when they served turkey, they didn’t have mayonnaise, so they spread butter on the bread, with turkey.”
Dyer was one of a handful of passengers who had to make their own travel arrangements home, another Carnival oversight.
She and her roommate arrived back in Oklahoma City Friday night.
Her luggage has been airing out ever since.
The Carnival bathrobe worn by all of the passengers as a sign of solidarity as they exited the ship has been washed several times in hot water.
Dyer took dozens of snapshots of the vacation her and her girlfriends now refer to as “Float Trip 2013.”
The pics tell the story of desperation and gratitude for the commitment of the staff on board The Triumph.
“Their circumstances were probably much more difficult than ours,” she said. “Yet they still had to serve us. The fact that they did it with a smile was so incredible. They had such good attitudes doing things that no human should ever have to do for another human.”
Dyer said she is most thankful for God’s provision on board the Triumph, that the weather held out and that the passengers didn’t have trouble with rioting or hysteria during the darkest hours of that fateful cruise.