Sewage Sloshing Through Halls of Disabled Cruise Ship
Carnival cruise ship a day away from port
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2013 7:32 AM CST
In this image released by the U.S. Coast Guard on Feb. 11, 2013, the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous patrols near the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico, Feb. 11, 2013.   (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard- Lt. Cmdr. Paul McConnell)

(Newser) – The unhappiest place on Earth may currently be about 200 miles south of Alabama. The Carnival Triumph cruise ship continues its slow journey to that southern state via two tugboats after an engine-room fire took out its main power source on Sunday—leaving it adrift and disabling its water and plumbing systems. Yep, water and plumbing. No big surprise then that the conditions sound smelly and uncomfortable. CNN reports that one of the ship's 3,143 passengers told her husband that "the odor is so bad, people are getting sick and they're throwing up everywhere."

Some of the vomiting could be due to the fact that the fire also took out the ship's stabilization system. "There's times when the ship is leaning pretty hard, and you're worried you'll flip," says a passenger. Among the other tales of woe: sewage sloshing down the hallways, no air conditioning, and requests that passengers defecate in bags. The cruise won't arrive in Mobile until tomorrow at the earliest, reports Reuters, but its journey was due to end on Monday, so food is in short supply; one woman says she waited in line for three hours to get water and a hamburger. But Carnival tells the AP it's doing what it can, and says most of the ship's 23 public restrooms are indeed working. A single bright spot: The crew is reportedly handing out free beer and wine.

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Feb 16, 2013 12:52 AM CST
Guess the upside to lacking food is that everyone was nauseous anyway. Those people deserve soooo much more than $500 and another shot at the disaster cruise lottery.
Feb 15, 2013 7:22 PM CST
why not throw it overboard....with all the garbage barges from New York...who would notice
Feb 14, 2013 10:01 PM CST
Why doesn't coast guard or private helicopter fly in emergency military food MREs. Also fly in portable toliets and plastic bags for storing waste like they use for camping onto ship. They could charge cruise line for items. Why make a mess on the ship from overflow.