Safe and warm on an Antarctic island, passengers of the sunken Explorer recounted their ordeal in high spirits today, the Times reports. One said they heard a loud bang after midnight, and were called up as the ship started listing. “Then the electricity cut out and we lost the engine,” one said. "At 3 o’clock an order was given to abandon ship." That, he said, is when the "Titanic" jokes started.
“There was a lot of joke-telling. It’s the most bizarre thing that people tell Titanic jokes." Knowing ships were nearby, they stayed in good spirits, although they braved the wet and cold for five hours before a Norwegian cruise liner picked them up. Billed as an “adventure travel experience”—“the go-anywhere ship for the go-anywhere traveller"—the cruise set back each of the 156 survivors roughly $8,000.