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The Carnival cruise was supposed to be a mother-daughter bonding trip.

"So I thought this would be a lot of fun for us," said Jenny Abraham.

Jenny and Jade Abraham definitely had a vacation they'll always remember.

Jenny said, "We woke up to an announcement saying Alpha Team, Alpha Team to the front...deck. And we're on the front deck....So I opened the cabin door and there's just smoke going through the cabin, everywhere."

The Carnival Triumph caught fire Sunday, off the coast of Mexico, leaving more than 4,200 passengers and crew on board, stranded.

"We went back and the electricity goes out," Jenny said.

Jade added, "One of the workers handed us her finger flashlight, so that's what we had been using to see whenever we took a cold shower."

"When the water went out we realized, okay, so they said don't use your toilets...They asked us to use biohazard bags to use the restroom in and we had to do that," Jenny admitted.

They say they had plenty of food though and people shared outlets to charge cell phones.

"I think it was a very good lesson for my daughter to realize most countries don't have any of this. They don't have running water. They don't have toilets that work," said Jenny.

Still, it was comforting to finally see land.

Jade said, "Sweet Home Alabama! We started singing. We started cheering, lots of crying."

Jade was especially relieved because it meant she could still go to her sixth grade dance.

"I really didn't want to miss it and I thought we were gonna miss it...but now, now, I'm my dress," said Jade.

Jenny said, "They refunded our cruise. They gave us a future cruise credit. They gave us $500."

I asked, "Do you feel like, in the future, you're going to take on that cruise credit?

"Absolutely," they said in unison.

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