First Look Inside the Never-Ending Carnival
Cruise Ship Horror With Passenger Photos of Bags of Human Waste,
Flooded Bedrooms and Their Makeshift Tent Cities
These are the
horrendous pictures emerging today of the putrid conditions on board
the Carnival cruise ship as beleaguered passengers remain at sea
after five days of overflowing sewage, unbearable stenches and makeshift
beds in hallways.
The ship has
began to slowly inch towards shore again after drifting off course
because of a broken line to a tugboat pulling it into port, the
coast guard said. It has now been fixed.
guests and their anxious families that they would be on dry land
between 10pm and midnight (ET) on Thursday in Mobile, Alabama. The
company estimates it will take four or five hours for passengers
The final stage
in the Triumph's arduous journey has been excruciatingly slow for
exhausted passengers who can now see land from 39 miles out.
vessel the length of two football fields was being guided along
a narrow channel by four tugboats at the rate of 1mph.
The first dramatic
pictures, taken from helicopters, of the exhausted passengers on
board the crippled ship today showed them huddled together wearing
bathrobes for warmth and hanging SOS signs from their balconies.
Later on Thursday,
as guests managed to charge their phones and cameras from generators,
their own images appeared online.
Among the grim
scenes, were rows of people sleeping on mattresses, others lying
on top deck shielding themselves from the sun's glare under white
sheets and bags of excrement left in hallways.
The ship is
still around ten hours from docking a further frustration for
the 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members who have endured five
days in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine room fire crippled the
As the Triumph
drifted off shore it is currently around 39 miles out
more stomach-churning details emerged about the vacation from hell.
On the top
deck, a 'shanty town' had sprung up with passengers sleeping on
sun loungers, wrapped in bedsheets to stay warm as temperatures
dropped to 46F.
fact it rained all night, passengers opted to sleep outdoors because
the stench of sewage has become so unbearable on board.
of the boat emerged on Thursday morning after ABC's Good Morning
America chartered a plane to fly over the vessel.
Jamie Baker said she and her friends slept in their life vests one
night because the ship was listing and they feared it would tip
reported how the four-day luxury cruise has turned into a nightmare
as carpets and mattresses became soaked in raw sewage and scare
food supplies left them with nothing to eat but sandwiches with
condiments as fillings.
Rodriguez told CNN the Trumph was a 'floating petri dish' because
of the combination of circumstances on board.
He said that
raw sewage posed a major health risk while stagnating air could
increase respiratory infections.
also increases the risk of e. coli bacteria, salmonella and food
on shore had said that they had been disappointed by Carnival's
response and they did not really have much information as to what
was going on.
Julie Morgan told CNN that the crew had been 'phenomenal' as they
worked 24-hour shifts to deal with problems.
'Any of our complaints are with head office.'
they dock, most passengers can only look forward to an hours-long
bus ride on Thursday.
whose 30-year-old daughter, Kalin Christine Hill, is on the cruise,
said: 'I can't imagine being on that ship this morning and then
getting on a bus.
'If I hit land
in Mobile, you'd have a hard time getting me on a bus.'
Mr Hill is
booking a flight from Amarillo, Texas, to New Orleans to meet his
daughter when she gets there.
was waiting at the Mobile port for his wife Cyndie, who texted him
early on Thursday.
'Room smells like an outhouse. Cold water only, toilets haven't
work in 3 1/2 days. Happy Valentines Day!!! I love u & wish
I was there. It's 4:00 am. Can't sleep...it's cold & I'm starting
to get sick.'
of Houston, is on board the Triumph with her husband. In a text
message, she said that Carnival has told the passengers that they
are delayed again 'because of winds'.
'We think they don't want media there.'
conditions were 'horrible' and there is food but bathrooms aren't
gotten food poisoning. Old people have fallen and hurt themselves,'
she wrote in a text message.
in a statement late on Wednesday that passengers would be helped
through customs by 200 staff members at the scene.
They were also
being given the option of boarding buses directly to Galveston,
Texas, or Houston, or spending the night in a hotel in New Orleans,
where the company said it booked 1,500 rooms.
in New Orleans will be flown on Friday to Houston. Carnival said
it will cover all the transportation costs.
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