ZILLAH -- Trapped 44 miles off the coast of Mexico on a ship with no electricity, hot water or coffee, Dennis and Linda Jones looked fear in the face and conquered it.
"We were only in danger of being bored to death," Linda said with a laugh.
Yawns were the biggest complaint the easy-going Zillah farming couple had after spending four days on the ill-fated Carnival cruise ship.
The Joneses were among the 4,500 people aboard the Splendor, which set sail Nov. 7 from Long Beach, Calif. A fire in the engine room the next day disabled the vessel and left it without electricity and hot water while tug boats towed it to San Diego.
No one was hurt. There were no pirates.
The couple, who have four adult children and nine grandchildren, were trying to celebrate their 40th anniversary.
Dennis and Linda awoke to a rumbling ship and a request for passengers to meet on deck because of a "flameless fire" in the engine room.
After that, it was a lot of waiting in the dark, the silence broken occasionally by more announcements from a cruise director. Crew members led trivia games and bingo and salsa lessons with a bullhorn. A few magicians performed to small crowds.
The most exciting moment came when the USS Ronald Reagan came close enough for passengers to watch fighters take off and land.
A helicopter made several deliveries of food and water, including Spam and Pop Tarts.
They arrived in San Diego to find that Carnival had booked hotel reservations and new flights home.
Carnival reimbursed their money and offered them another free cruise. They plan to take it, though they probably will pack a flashlight.