Category: US Society / February 13, 2013 3:40 PM EST
The cruise ship Carnival Triumph was being towed to port in Alabama on Tuesday (February 12) as passengers complained of sweltering heat and gut-wrenching odours from backed up toilets after a weekend engine fire left it adrift in the Gulf of Mexico.
The 893-foot (272-meter) vessel has been without propulsion and running on emergency generator power since Sunday when it was disabled off southern Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. It was carrying 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew. There have been no reports of injuries.
The ship, operated by Carnival Corp, left Galveston, Texas, on Thursday and was due to return there on Monday.
On Tuesday (February 12) it was being towed by tugboats to Mobile, Alabama, and expected by the company to arrive there no later than Thursday.
Most of the 23 public restrooms on the ship are working along with some toilets in guest cabins. Passengers also have access to running water for showers, according to Carnival Cruise Lines President and Chief Executive Gerry Cahill.
Passengers would receive a full refund for the cruise plus transportation expenses and a future cruise credit equal to the amount paid for this voyage, said Cahill in a statement.
They would also be reimbursed for all shipboard purchases except for gift shop and casino charges.
The company has reserved more than 1,500 hotel rooms in Mobile and New Orleans for passengers when they reach shore and arranged 20 charter flights along with buses and other transportation.
(Video Source: Reuters)