Carnival cruise ship adrift off Mexican coast, passengers complain about awful conditions

By Daniel S Levine,

A Carnival cruise ship is adrift off the Mexican coast after a fire onboard. The company confirmed on Sunday that the ship will have to be towed into port and is not expected to arrive at port until Wednesday. Meanwhile, passengers onboard are complaining about harsh conditions.

CNN reports that the Carnival Triumph was off the coast near the Yucatan Peninsula when an engine fire broke out Sunday morning. The fire extinguishing system went off, containing the fire and no injuries were reported, the company confirmed in a statement. Still, 3,000 passengers and 1,000 crew members are on the ship, which is nearly 140 miles off the coast.

“The ship's technical crew has determined the vessel will need to be towed to port,” Carnival posted on Facebook Sunday night. “A tugboat is en route to the ship's location and will tow the vessel to Progreso, Mexico, which is the closest port.”

The ship had been en route to Galveston, Texas and was supposed to be back there today.

Carnival said that once they arrive at port, they will be flown to Texas at no charge and will receive a refund.

The Coast Guard is currently with crew members.

According to USA Today, some of the passengers are not happy with the conditions onboard, though. “We are about to get supplies from another cruise ship and apparently the tug boats should be here tomorrow around noon ... We have no power AT ALL, which means we can't use the toilets, wash our hands, or take a shower,” one Cruise Critic member wrote.

Another passenger’s relative told USA Today, “My wife (is) on this cruise and has said the conditions were horrible. No power, no water, having to use the bathroom in bags.”

Carnival’s parent company also owns the Costa Concordia, the ship that capsized in Italy last year, notes Reuters.

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