Last night, as the dramatic Alabama arrival of the Carnival Triumph cruise ship unfolded live on CNN, guest host Donny Deutsch anchored "Piers Morgan Tonight" from the network's New York studio, keeping viewers up to date, while also adding some overall insight and perspective to the situation.
With Erin Burnett reporting live from Mobile, Ala., Deutsch held down the ship in Manhattan, welcoming a trio of guests charged with keeping the nightmare cruise in context.
Being careful not to minimize any of the drama and trauma incurred over the course of the last few days, Pat Kiernan noted that things could have been a whole lot worse:
"Mostly this is uncomfortable for people, that's all it is," said the NY1 morning news anchor. "It's a horrible vacation, it's a nightmare vacation. But they're uncomfortable right now, and they're bored. They're up there on the decks waving to the CNN helicopter."