Passengers describe ‘sewage running down the walls’ and people acting like ‘savages’
Foul conditions aboard stranded Carnival cruise ship Triumph: Passengers describe ‘sewage running down the walls’ and people acting like ‘savages’
Since a fire broke out in an engine room Sunday morning, the Carnival Triumph has been drifting off the coast of Mexico. A total of 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew have been forced to make do with cold food, no hot water, sweltering indoor temperatures, and few working toilets. A tow boat is expected Thursday afternoon, after an initial plan to tow the ship to a port in Mexico was scrapped. Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous patrols near the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico, in this February 11, 2013 handout photo. The cruise ship lost propulsion after an engine room fire on February 10 and was adrift off southern Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.
Aboard the crippled Carnival Triumph cruise ship, no one feels like celebrating.
Two days after a fire knocked out power to the ship and left it drifting 150 miles off the coast of Mexico, tugboats labored to drag the boat and its 4,200 weary and fed up passengers to its unscheduled final destination, Mobile, Alabama.
With few working toilets and its a christian louboutin shoes ir conditioning out of commission as the boat crawls along at 5 to 8 miles per hour, the Triumph has turned into a fetid nightmare that won’t end for its passengers and crew until the boat docks on Thursday afternoon, according to ABC News.
“The odor is so bad it’s making them sick,” Brent Nutt, whose wife Bethany was on board, told CNN. “They’re vomiting and stuff all over the boat just from the odor. There’s feces all over the floor.”
At a news conference in Miami on Tuesday, Carnival Cruise Lines President and CEO Gerry Cahill said that the company had booked 1,500 christian louboutin shoes hotel rooms in Mobile and New Orleans where passengers could stay after disembarking from their cruise from hell. Coast Guard shows tug boats in the distance arriving to steer the Carnival Triumph back to port.
“I need to apologize to our guests and to our families that have been affected by a very difficult situation,” Cahill said. “There is no question that conditions aboard the ship are very challenging.”
Since losing power, the interior portions of the 14 story shop have been turned into a sweltering, gut churning sauna far removed from the vision of the boat as “24 hours of fun a day” that the company promotes on its website.
“Conditions are getting worse by the hour,” passenger Debra Rightmire told ABC News in a text message. “Cabin carpets are w christian louboutin shoes et with urine and water. Toilets are overflowing inside cabins. We are having to sleep in the hallways. Onion and cucumber sandwich last night.”
Another passenger said some people are sleeping in tents on the deck because of a pungent smell caused by improper refrigeration.
This photo was taken by David Raynes who was aboard a cruise ship that stopped to provide assistance to Carnival cruise ship stranded at sea.
“We stood in line for four hours to get a hamburger,” Shelly Crosby texted to ABC News.
A fire in the Triumph’s engine room Sunday morning crippled the enormous ship 150 miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, leaving 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members on board with limited power. No one was injured.
The ship set sail from Galveston, Texas, on Feb. 7 and was due to return from Mexico on Feb. 11. After the fire, officials planned to have the boat towed to a Mexican port on Wednesday, but said Monday night that strong currents sent the vessel drifting 90 miles north. Two small ships are slowly pulling the Triumph to Mobile.
Brent Nutt, whose wife, Bethany, is on board, spoke to CNN Sunday night about conditions on the Triumph, which is relying on backup power generators.
The disabled vessel, carrying more than 4,200 people, isn’t expected to reach the shore until Thursday.
“She was crying . and she just wants off of the ship,” Nutt said. “I mean, it’s horrible. There’s no running water. There’s no power. They are having to use the restroom in buckets and bags.”
“It’s like a bunch of savages on there,” he added. “If you get on the blogs, they’re saying that people are fighting over food and stuff.”
Toby Barlow told CNN that his wife, Ann, a passenger on the ship, texted that the plumbing failed and people were defecating in bags and urinating in showers.
She also told him there’s “sewage running down the walls and floors,” he said.
Facebook Brent Nutt, husband of Carnival cruise passenger Bethany Nutt, told CNN that when he spoke with his crying wife, whose cell phone battery was dying with no power on the ship to charge it, she said that there were fights on board over food.
“Elderly and handicap(ped people) are struggling,” she texted, according to CNN. “The smells are gross.”
Carnival, whose advertising tagline is “All for fun, fun for all,” confirmed that passengers were now facing a series of challenges aboard the the Triumph.
“Currently, public and cabin toilets are operational in certain sections of the ship, power has been restored to a limited number of elevators and power in the Lido dining area is providing for hot coffee and limited food service,” Carnival said in a statement posted to its website.
Before power generators were able to re start toilets aboard the boat, passengers were forced to use plastic bags, which they then turned over to crew members, the Wichita Business Journal reported.
HANDOUT/Reuters Af christian louboutin shoes ter a fire in an engine room on Sunday, the Carnival Triumph was stranded at sea 150 miles off the coast of Mexico. The 4,200 passengers and crew abaord the crippled ship have been making do with no air conditioning and limited toilets.