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Conditions worsening aboard stricken cruise ship

February 13, 2013, 1:25 pmYahoo!7

Passengers aboard the stranded Carnival Triumph cruise ship have spoken out on the worsening situation.

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Passengers aboard the stranded Carnival Triumph cruise ship that floated aimlessly in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine fire broke out on Sunday have spoken out on the situation.

Using intermittent phone reception, passengers have told relatives and media outlets of carpets soaked in urine, raw sewage running down the walls, and fights breaking out over the limited food stocks.

The Carnival Triumph. Supplied.


The first tug boat reached the vessel on Monday night and began towing it to Mobile, Alabama at the rate of just a few kilometres per hour.

The ship had been floating off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula after a fire erupted in the aft engine room early Sunday, knocking out the ship's propulsion system. Back-up generators are providing limited power.

Some holidaymakers have been left with no alternative but to sleep on the top deck of the vessel, with their lower level cabins completely cut off from fresh air and sanitation.

There are reportedly only five working bathrooms for the 3,000+ passengers on board. The rest are being asked by the crew to urinate in cabin showers and defecate in bags.

Supplies have been ferried to the stricken vessel by nearby ships, including the Triumph’s sister-ship the Carnival Legend. Another ship, the Conquest, delivered additional food supplies.

Passenger Ann Barlow told CNN: "It's disgusting. It's the worst thing ever".

While another passenger, Debra Rightmire, texted ABC: "Toilets are overflowing in the cabins, we are having to sleep in the hallways. Onion and cucumber sandwiches last night".

Carnival spokesperson Vance Gulliksen told AFP that the "overall mood with guests is good under the circumstances and guests are making the most of the situation".

Carnival Triumph is expected to crawl into the Alabama port this Thursday.

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  1. Catherine07:45am Friday 15th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    i got sick on the carnival spirit ,was sent to my room for a day ,no ration at all ,at least they getting compensation .ron

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  2. Graham S07:33am Friday 15th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    The passengers are alive, and the ship is being towed to safety.

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  3. Chris02:29pm Thursday 14th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Isn't there some way to get the passengers off the ship? Helicopter maybe? But that would be too expensive. Better to let them wallow in their own sh**.

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  4. Stephen01:35pm Thursday 14th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Nice one J R W.

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  5. robert d10:31am Thursday 14th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    people will do anything to get a free holiday

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  6. Jeanine12:42am Thursday 14th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Hope they have had their vaccinations. Not a safe situation to be in.

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  7. Roamer10:49pm Wednesday 13th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    It should never happen on a ship so modern owned by an experienced company! Sounds like a case of neglect somewhere. Why is there pooh floating everywhere I thought it was a fire not blocked plumbing!! Sounds like a load of #$%$!!!

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  8. Paula Bradley07:57pm Wednesday 13th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    drop them food and toilet paper

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  9. jr w07:20pm Wednesday 13th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Poor comments by a lot of people here. NO, clients should not have to endure this. Please stop comparing this with titanic, poor people etc. Just because there are worst disasters doesn't mean we shouldn't aim for better or perfection. Absolutely rubbish excuses. Get over yourselves. The post investigation should focus on how it happened. I bet you the company cut corners on maintenance.

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  10. Mark o07:04pm Wednesday 13th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    They are still better off than than the people on the Titanic. Man people complain too much now days.

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