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CARNIVAL TRIUMPH: The passengers who would take another cruise

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TAMPA, Fla. (KMSP) -

In the midst of their own seven-day cruise, people aboard the Carnival Legend never dreamed their vacation would veer off-course to assist those stuck on a sister ship: the infamous Carnival Triumph.

Among the Legend passengers unloading their bags at the port in Tampa, Fla. Sunday this morning were Nicole Brandtner and her husband from Jordan, Minn.

"The waters were rough, seriously rough," said Brandtner. "Even our boat was shaking when we were out there helping them."

Delivering food and supplies through choppy waters 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula proved difficult. Brandtner estimates at one point the two enormous vessels were just 50 feet apart.

"People were screaming ‘Stop you are going to hit it' and we were thinking wow we are going to be in the same situation as them," she said.

The situation on the Triumph was already experienced by John Bjornstad, originally from Osseo, Minn.

The fire in the Triumph's engine room left the cruise ship powerless, resulting in rotten food, no air conditioning and sewage stinking up the ship.

"That was the worst, just the smell from being in a giant toilet," Bjornstad said. "I thank God we are not sinking. It's not going to be fun, but it's not sinking. We are just going to try and make the best of it and we will get home when we can."

One passenger in need of medical care was moved from the Triumph to the Legend in a life raft.

"Everybody went to that side of the ship just to watch because it was so odd ," Brandtner said.

As they left, two other ships were already offering more aide -- a comfort for some cruisers thinking what if this situation had been reversed.

While the Triumph was slowly tugged to shore, guests on the Legend went on with the rest of their cruise on schedule.

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