Thousands stranded on Carnival cruise ship: 'There's no lights, no water. We can't flush'
CNN News , KTRK
7:42 AM, Feb 12, 2013
3:41 PM, Feb 12, 2013
More than 3,000 cruise ship passengers are stranded in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine fire on board the Carnival Triumph.
While passengers deal with water and electricity issues, people who planned to be on the ship's next voyage are left wondering what to do about their canceled trip.
One woman on board told KTRK by phone that at first, emotions ran high.
Things are calmer, although it's not exactly the vacation she imagined.
"There's no lights. No water," the woman said. "We can't flush. Some people were able to shower."
Carnival canceled the ship's next two cruises.
The operators of the vessel say the craft has drifted so far north of its original position that they will tow the ship to Mobile, Ala., instead of their original plan for Progreso, Mexico.
Carnival Cruise Lines President and CEO Gerry Cahill says in a statement Monday evening that strong currents lead the vessel, the Carnival Triumph, to drift about 90 miles north of its original position off the Yucatan Peninsula, where it was located when the fire erupted Sunday in the engine room. No one was injured and the fire was extinguished.
Cahill's statement says the ship should arrive in Mobile on Thursday and that it will allow for less complicated re-entry for passengers without passports.