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'Triumph' cruise ship not so triumphant to recent Central Texas passengers

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With some reports of human waste trickling down the walls and people camping out on the top deck, the situation on Carnival's cruise ship Triumph right now looks grim.

FOX 7 found some locals who just got back from vacation on Triumph.

And according to them, the Triumph was anything but "triumphant" on their cruises as well.

They're wondering if the problems they experienced were related.

Austinite Darla Stewart took a little trip with some of her cousins on the Triumph last month.

She says there were problems from the get-go...actually before the get-go.

"Before we were to depart we got an e-mail that there's a problem with the propulsion system," Stewart said.

Stewart says they decided go ahead with the trip and after a several hour delay, they left the Galveston port. But the boat was painfully slow.

So slow, they didn't get to stop in Cozumel as planned.

She says there was a wedding party on board planning a ceremony in Cozumel. But they had to figure something else out.

"There was a general sense of stress and unhappiness amongst the passengers because of the lack of communication," Stewart said.

FOX 7 also spoke with David Camacho from Leander.

His family's cruise left the day Stewart got back -- on February 2.

He says the problems they experienced on the Triumph were even worse.

Camacho remembers what happened when he and his wife were at a comedy show on board while a storm was passing over.

"Water just started pouring out of the ceiling onto the stage and everybody in the room just kind of took a deep breath, kind of sighed...surprised you know," Camacho said.

And that's not all...

"Several minutes after that, the boat just veered...I mean heavily to the right," Camacho said.

His daughter was in the formal dining room.

"She said it was almost like a scene from Titanic, you know, all the dishes and everything were just flying and breaking on the floor and the staff was trying to brace themselves," Camacho said.

Even the crew seemed surprised.

"They've been doing it 5 years or more and never experienced like that to where dishes were flying you know and...it was just crazy...and I know that's something I won't forget," Camacho said.

We asked Carnival about the propulsion problems from Darla Stewart's trip. A spokesperson tells FOX 7, "There is no evidence at this time of any relationship between this previous issue and the fire that occurred on February 10. "

We also asked Carnival about the rough ride that David Camacho experienced. They haven't given a statement to FOX 7 by news time tonight but said by phone that they weren't aware of that situation.

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