Galveston woman's eBook chronicles ill-fated Carnival cruise

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by Shern-min Chow/ KHOU 11 News

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Posted on February 27, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 11:46 AM

HOUSTON—Thousands have already downloaded the first book about the ill-fated Carnival cruise ship published just last week. Galveston resident Christina Peaden self published “Triumph over Calamity” as an e-book on Amazon.

The book is free until Wednesday at 1:59 CST. After that, it will cost $2.99.

The tale of the crippling engine fire that left the Carnival Triumph without power, adrift at sea, read like a tale from a book.

“We are drifting terribly. The leaning of the ship is very uncomfortable, a very uneasy feeling,” she wrote.

Peaden often keeps journals and this first cruise for her and her family turned into quite a chronicle. Without power, the ship began to lean.

“Oh honey, I was the first one wearing the life jackets,” she joked.

While she thought the ship listed 90 degrees, she says the crew told her it was only five degrees.

Peaden wanted to publish her journal, in part because she felt complaints were overplayed. Like other passengers, she, her husband and their three young daughters had to use the red bags and buckets instead of toilets.

“There was no waste on the floors. There was liquid. It was water,” she said about the often repeated reports of raw sewage.

Peaden said there were long lines for food and it was often cold. The menu, while repetitive was good, in her opinion.

“There was always fresh salad, fresh fruit; they had yogurt. For dinner we would have shrimp, lobster,” she said.

Make no mistake she was frightened at times. When another ship lowered boats with provisions, it got scary.

“It was something you see in movie with lifeboats slamming against the ramp, the windows busting out.”

But overall, this mother of four thought the situation was manageable and crew did the best they could. In fact she is planning another cruise, onboard another Carnival ship in April.

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