MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Passengers of Carnival's Triumph couldn't wait to show their vacation pics. And they didn't. They showed the world just as soon as they made contact with the internet, memories of a cruise that went from bad to worse to downright disgusting.
But Nicole Brown brought her memories with her in a very unique form, a bed sheet. And she's been showing them to members of the media.
"This is the voice of Carnival Triumph!" said Nicole, standing outside the ship in Mobile.
When Nicole, her parents and her aunt and uncle left Dallas to get on the Triumph, they never expected to land in Mobile, Alabama.
But then, neither did anyone else who signed her bed sheet, which became another on board outlet for passengers.
"So everybody, you can imagine how many signatures are on here," she said, holding up the sheet with her aunt and uncle.
And what those passengers wrote is a snapshot of life aboard the Triumph during those difficult days adrift at sea.
So what did they write?
"Carnival Triumph! Where vacationers turn into refugees!"
"I survived the Triumph!"
and "I want a red bag," referring to the hazardous waste bags passengers were given to relieve themselves.
"I don't wanna go to Mexico, no more, more, more!" read Nicole's aunt.
"If Michael Jordan can retire, so should the Carnival Triumph!" quoted Nicole's uncle.
And there was poetry, such as the following:
Roses are red, violets are blue. Use a red bag when you #2!
And there were comments about the crew, too, favorable comments, lots of them.
"The crew was awesome," said Nicole. "They smiled throughout the whole thing."
But there is something missing from the sheet. It was how passengers felt about the city that came to their rescue. Nicole doesn't have to read the sheet to tell you that.
"Yes, you all have awesome hospitality," she said, smiling.