Disabled Cruise Ship Limps to Port

'Nightmare' cruise reaches end

carnival cruise ship triumph mobile stranded unsanitary hell

The Triumph has been in service since 1999.     Photo: Roger Wollstadt/Flickr

The stranded Carnival cruise ship unfortunately named "Triumph" is due to land in Mobile, Alabama, tonight after almost five days adrift.

A fire in the engine room on Sunday disabled the ship 150 miles off the coast of Mexico, and while it didn't cause any injuries, conditions aboard the ship quickly deteriorated.

Carnival confirmed that fewer than two dozen public toilets are working. Passengers have had to fashion toilets using trash cans left in the hallway. There have also been reports of four-hour lines for food.

One passenger said the ship was "Like Katrina in the Dome, except it's afloat." Some slept with life jackets on one night because the ship began to list and they feared it would capsize.

Choppy seas and strong headwinds have slowed the ship's return to port even though four tugboats are pulling it. Carnival has canceled trips aboard the Triumph through mid-April and the Coast Guard is planning an investigation.

Via NBC News

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