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Carnival Splendor passenger: 'I refused to eat the Spam' [Updated]

November 11, 2010 | 10:53 am

It wasn’t two months trapped in a Chilean coal mine, but for 3,200 passengers who’d paid for a luxury cruise, four days aboard a dark, cold ship was an experience to remember.

They had plenty to say as they disembarked from the Carnival Splendor under blue skies Thursday in San Diego.

Newlywed Candice Van Leeuwen, 30, of Moreno Valley, was married Nov. 6 and emerged wearing her bridal veil: “My husband and I got to be together the whole time.... What’s wrong with that? Nobody got hurt on this ship.

"They did the best they could. They were giving free beer. I didn’t take any, but we took some of the free champagne. We think the marriage got off to a good start. Not the start we thought. But a good start.”

[For the record, 3:08 p.m.: An earlier version of the post misspelled Van Leeuwen's last name.]

Peg Fischer, 61, of Las Vegas, will go on another cruise: “I’m a mathematics teacher. What are the odds that this could happen again? This was my first cruise and I wanted it to be memorable. It was, but not in the way I hoped for. It’s good to be home."

Chris Harlan, a dental technician from Buena Park: “I refused to eat the Spam. I’m not paying this kind of money to eat Spam.”

Spencer Reeves, 15, of Huntington Beach, who was cruising with two dozen family members: “It got kind of boring. You have to make your own fun. I like bowling with ketchup bottles and cereal boxes. I can't wait to take a hot shower."

Tim Murray, 42, a tool salesman from New Jersey: “The food was the worst part. I come on these cruises to eat. My wife likes to sleep, but I like to eat. The cruise-ship people did the best they could. I’d never seen hot dog salad before or green bean sandwiches. They were really trying.”

 -- Tony Perry