March 27, 2006
Passengers are back home from a vacation that turned into
A Star Princess cruise ship caught fire between the Grand
Cayman islands and Jamaica last week killing one person
and injuring 11.
Some of those passengers shared their experience with NBC
10's Nicole Muri.
Joe Gibson is breathing a sigh of relief. With his vacation
hat still on his head, Gibson and his family arrived home
to Rhode Island Sunday night. They are all survivors of
a fire that destroyed three floors of the Star Princess
just days into their Caribbean cruise.
"It was a great time. We didn't expect to have to
wear a life jacket on a formal night, you know what I mean?"
After a fun night, Gibson and his family had returned to
their cabin on the 11th floor of the ship, the same floor
where the fire started. Just after 3 a.m. they were alerted
"The general alarm was sounding, we smelled smoke
and needed to get moving," said Gibson.
On the way to my parents' room I was knocking on doors,"
said Gibson's stepson Woody Fazzanno.
Woody had invited a friend along, and the high school seniors
actually helped alert other passengers to the trouble.
"At that point, we knew we had a problem, Woody said.
"There we were in the middle of the ocean with a blaze
on the ship."
"We thought, oh man, it could go down," he said.
But soon after, the crew let passengers know the fire was
contained and they were safe.
"Between battling the fire and everyone being accounted
for, that took seven hours."
Gibson and his family escaped injury, but said they appreciate
how close they were.