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Cape Coral woman home from cruise nightmare

Kelli Stegeman

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Cape Coral woman home from cruise nightmare

CREATED Feb. 15, 2013 - UPDATED: Feb. 18, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Dee Tucker calls it a tough ordeal and that ordeal ended at Southwest Florida International Airport after days of being stranded at sea on the Carnival Triumph. 
 
The Cape Coral woman is now back in the arms of her fiance, Joe Eckert.
 
For Eckert, days of waiting for this special reunion dissolved into mere minutes Friday when he was reunited with Tucker. 
 
She left last Wednesday for a girls' trip and came back Friday a survivor at sea. 
 
"It was horrible," Dee said. "We were having to use the bathroom in the showers and using red bags for other things."
 
Dee says at times she was stepping in sewage.  
 
Doors to her cabin and balcony stayed open at all times so other passengers could get fresh air and light. 
 
"It was trying," she said.
 
Dee and other passengers waiting in extreme temperatures and extreme food lines.
 
"For 3.5 hours I waited for a burger," said Dee. "That's how long the food lines were."
 
The food wasn't your typical cruise cuisine. 
 
"I don't want to see another cantaloupe for a month," she joked. "Fresh fruit, milk, yogurt, cereal and sandwiches. And that was for about 3-4 days."
 
Communication with the outside world was difficult .
 
"All i wanted to hear was his voice," Dee said of her fiance. "I just wanted to tell him that i was ok."
 
With time came a sense of camaraderie with those on the ship. Dee praised crew members for their tough task. 
 
"They made several attempts to make it up to us, and they worked very hard."
 
Dee says she now plans to eat unhealthy food, take a hot shower..
 
"Flushed toilet and running water and spend the day with Joe," she said. "And go to sleep, with the lights on! We were in the dark for days."
 
Dee says she could soon be back at the airport soon. She does have a free cruise from Carnival because of the fiasco. Joes says she's not going alone anymore, he's coming with.
 
The Cape Coral woman is now back in the arms of her fiance, Joe Eckert.
 
For Eckert, days of waiting for this special reunion dissolved into mere minutes Friday when he was reunited with Tucker. 
 
She left last Wednesday for a girls' trip and came back Friday a survivor at sea. 
 
"It was horrible," Dee said. "We were having to use the bathroom in the showers and using red bags for other things."
 
Dee says at times she was stepping in sewage.  
 
Doors to her cabin and balcony stayed open at all times so other passengers could get fresh air and light. 
 
"It was trying," she said.
 
Dee and other passengers waiting in extreme temperatures and extreme food lines.
 
"For 3.5 hours I waited for a burger," said Dee. "That's how long the food lines were."
 
The food wasn't your typical cruise cuisine. 
 
"I don't want to see another cantaloupe for a month," she joked. "Fresh fruit, milk, yogurt, cereal and sandwiches. And that was for about 3-4 days."
 
Communication with the outside world was difficult .
 
"All i wanted to hear was his voice," Dee said of her fiance. "I just wanted to tell him that i was ok."
 
With time came a sense of camaraderie with those on the ship. Dee praised crew members for their tough task. 
 
"They made several attempts to make it up to us, and they worked very hard."
 
Dee says she now plans to eat unhealthy food, take a hot shower..
 
"Flushed toilet and running water and spend the day with Joe," she said. "And go to sleep, with the lights on! We were in the dark for days."
 

Dee says she could soon be back at the airport soon. She does have a free cruise from Carnival because of the fiasco. Joes says she's not going alone anymore, he's coming with. 

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