NY woman says cruise ship ordeal won't keep her off ships

A Washington Heights woman who was traveling with a group of Westchester seniors when they were stranded on a cruise ship at sea says that the headline-grabbing ordeal won?t keep her from taking similar trips in the future.

Judy Ayres was traveling with Westchester County Legislator Bernice Spreckman and about 50 senior citizens from Yonkers when an engine fire on the Carnival Splendor ship cut off power to the entire boat.

?There was a lot of smoke, a lot of smoke and we could smell it then after we got on deck,? Ayres says after she and the other 4,500 people on board the cruise were told to evacuate their rooms and head to the deck.

The ship left for the Mexican Riviera two Sundays ago but was without power by the next day.

All passengers are getting a refund for their trip as well as a free cruise. Investigators are still trying to figure out exactly what caused the fire.

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