BOSTON (CBS) – A family from southern Massachusetts is back on solid ground after living through a vacation nightmare aboard that broken down cruise ship off California.
Steven and Holly Bono took their 21-month-old daughter Daphne on a cruise they thought would be special. Well, it was – but for all the wrong reasons.
A fire aboard the Carnival cruise ship Splendor knocked out all power on the ship, leaving the 4,500 passengers and crew adrift at sea with no air circulation, no hot food and limited bathroom facilities.
Four days later, the ship was guided into port in San Diego on Thursday.
“We are anxiously awaiting hearing from them,” Holly’s mother Lynn Regenhold told WBZ-TV on Thursday afternoon.
After finding out about the fire, Lynn said she was panicked, until she eventually got through to Carnival’s family support hotline. ‘“Throughout the week they have been more than honest and open in giving us updates 24-7.”
She said her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter were fortunate to have a room with a balcony and sliding door. That allowed fresh air and light in; other passengers took mattresses out on deck and slept under the stars.
Regenhold said her daughter chose Carnival because of its reputation as a family friendly carrier. They were looking forward to their Mexican cruise, followed by a couple days in Disneyland. She now expects the family will start the Disney leg of their trip a bit early. They aren’t due to fly home to Massachusetts until next Tuesday.
As for her little granddaughter, “she probably did better than the rest of them,” Lynn surmised.