POSTED: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 12:23am
UPDATED: Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 3:02pm
EL PASO- An El Paso family that was on a cruise at the same time as the cruise liner accident off the coast of Italy talked to Newschannel 9 Monday.
The Quintana family spent six days on their cruise, traveling from Puerto Rico to the southern Caribbean Sea.
They heard about the Tuscany accident on Friday from people in their ship's café and later they saw pictures on the news.
“It wasn't until later that afternoon when we saw on the news of this cruise ship on it's side. That was a real surprise to us,” said father Henry Quintana.
Still, The Quintana family said they're not discouraged from going on another cruise in the future.
“You can't stop what you love doing just because of one incident,” Quintana said. “If that was the case, then I wouldn't drive anymore, but it's very safe... This was a rare incident that occurred."
The family said before their cruise left the port, the crew showed them where to find life boats and flotation vests and how to use them. They also learned what to do in emergency situations.
“When you go on these trips, they're really careful and safe,” Quintana said. “They go through a drill before you leave.”
The Quintana family said this was their fifth cruise and they actually prefer cruises over other kinds of travel.
“I think cruising is terrific,” Quintana said. “We would rather take a cruise than go on another vacation because it's a lot more fun.”