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Monday
Mar182013

Carnival Legend Back to Work After Troublesome Trip

Education Images/UIG via Getty Images(TAMPA BAY, Fla.) -- The Carnival Legend is back on the move Monday morning with a new crop of passengers after it experienced technical issues with its propulsion system and cut guests' vacations short.

The Legend departed Tampa Bay, Fla., on Sunday, less than nine hours after unloading more than 2,000 angry travelers who missed the last leg of their seven-day Caribbean cruise.

The ship is already back at work even though its problems with the propulsion system have not been solved.  Carnival says the issues are still being worked on by technicians during its latest voyage.  A technical problem caused the ship to sputter in the Yucatan last week as it failed to reach optimal speed.

"I really don't want to get stranded out in the middle of the ocean," Molly Sandberg told ABC News before departing on the Legend Sunday.

Carnival stressed in a statement that the Legend's safety systems, steering and services onboard are functioning normally.  The Legend will be making normal itinerary stops with the exception of one port, Grand Cayman, which is being replaced by Costa Maya, Mexico.

Upset vacationers on the Legend's previous excursion vented their frustration at Carnival.

"Last cruise I am taking for sure," Thomas Grutter said after stepping off the Legend.

The Legend departed Tampa on March 10, but missed its last stop at the Grand Cayman islands and, instead, headed back to the United States.  All guests on the Legend will receive a $100 per person credit and a full refund on pre-purchased shore excursions for Grand Cayman, according to the Carnival.

"Terrible trip, canceled early, three days at sea, missed two stops and they only gave us $100," passenger Jeff Cairo said.

Carnival's mishaps have prompted one U.S. lawmaker to call for the cruise ship industry to make changes and improve communication with passengers.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has called on the industry to adopt a "passenger bill of rights."  He says passengers should be entitled to a full refund if there's a serious problem.

"Passengers have the right to real-time information updates.  When something is wrong on the ship almost nothing is worse than not knowing when it's going to be fixed and what's going to happen next," Schumer said on Sunday.

"Every ship should have a back-up generator in case the power fails as it has done on a number of ships before," Schumer added.

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Thursday
Mar142013

Carnival Dream Docked in St. Maarten with Mechanical Issues

Amy Sussman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After suffering a public relations nightmare that played out in the media over nearly a week when the Carnival Triumph lost power and thousands of passengers were stranded at sea, the largest cruise ship operator has another stalled ship to deal with.

Reports of power outages and overflowing toilets onboard the Carnival Dream emerged on Thursday.  The ship is currently docked in the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, where it was originally scheduled to leave on Wednesday.

The cruise line said in a statement to ABC News that the power and toilet issues have been addressed.  The cruise line also said the ship at no time fully lost power.

"The Carnival Dream has a technical issue which our engineering team is currently working on.  The ship is at dock in St. Maarten," said spokesman Vance Gulliksen.  "At no time did the ship lose power but there were periodic interruptions to elevators and toilets for a few hours last night.  However at this time all hotel systems are functioning normally.  The ship has full power but is still at dock while personnel continue to work on the technical issue."

A person claiming to be on the ship posted on the popular Cruise Critic message boards that at 3 a.m., the ship was 10 hours behind schedule.

"At first, no toilets or elevators.  Those back on but 'mechanical' issues," wrote member herbanrenewal.

The Carnival Dream was on a seven-day cruise and is based in Port Canaveral, Fla.  The ship was scheduled to call on Nassau, Bahamas; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands and Phillipsburg, St. Maarten before returning to Port Canaveral.

The 130,000 ton Carnival Dream is scheduled to leave for its next cruise on March 16.  The ship, launched in 2009, is among the largest in the Carnival fleet, and can accommodate 3,652 passengers and 1,369 crew.

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Tuesday
Feb192013

Coast Guard Uncovers Reason for Engine Fire on Carnival Triumph

Paul McConnell/U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- At least one of the big questions surrounding last week's disastrous Carnival Triumph cruise excursion appears to have been answered.

Much of the power was lost aboard the vessel a week ago Sunday in the Gulf of the Mexico after an engine fire.  It took five days for the crippled ship to be towed to Mobile, Ala.

On Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard said a leak in a fuel return line sprayed diesel fuel onto a hot surface, thus causing the engine fire, which was quickly extinguished.

However, the damage was done as the crippled cruise ship with 4,200 passengers and crew members floated helplessly 150 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula, awaiting tug boats to rescue the Triumph.

In the meantime, the stranded passengers tweeted about backed-up toilets, short food supplies and even shorter tempers.

A complete Coast Guard investigation of the incident could take six months to complete.

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Friday
Feb152013

Carnival Cruise Ship Passengers 'Blessed' to Finally Be Home

Jeff Gammons/Getty Images(MOBILE, Ala.) -- After five days without power in the Gulf of Mexico, the Carnival Triumph cruise ship carrying more than 4,000 people arrived in Mobile, Ala., on Thursday to a cheering crowd of friends and family members waiting to embrace their loved ones.

Passengers began to disembark the damaged ship around 10:15 p.m. CT.  The last passenger disembarked the ship at 1 a.m. local time, according to Carnival's Twitter handle.

As the ship docked, passengers lined the decks of the ship, waving and whistling to those on shore.

"Happy V-Day," read a homemade sign made for the Valentine's Day arrival.  Another, more starkly, read, "The ship's afloat, so is the sewage."

Some still aboard chanted, "Let me off, let me off!" and "Sweet Home Alabama."

The Triumph departed Galveston, Texas, last Thursday and lost power on Sunday after a fire in the engine room disabled the vessel's propulsion system.

After the power went out, passengers texted ABC News that sewage was seeping down the walls from burst plumbing pipes, carpets were wet with urine, and food was in short supply.  Reports surfaced of elderly passengers running out of critical heart medicine and others on board squabbling over scarce food.

Passengers said many of the cabins became intolerable with the smell of raw sewage.  They were forced to create makeshift beds out of lounge chairs on the ship's deck.

"We kind of camped out by our lifeboat.  We would have nightmares about Titanic basically happening," passenger Kendall Jenkins told ABC News Radio after disembarking from the ship.

"I am just so blessed to be back home," she added.

Jenkins was one of many passengers that were photographed kissing the ground when they exited the ship.

Approximately 100 buses were waiting to take passengers on the next stage of their journey.  Passengers have the option to take a bus ride to New Orleans or Galveston, Texas, where the ill-fated ship's voyage began.  From there, passengers will take flights home, which Carnival said they would pay for.

Inside the buses, Carnival handed out bags of food that included French fries, chicken nuggets, honey mustard, barbecue sauce and apples.

Carnival president and CEO Gerry Cahill praised the ship's crew and told reporters that he was headed on board to apologize directly to its passengers shortly before the Carnival Triumph arrived in Mobile.

"I know the conditions on board were very poor," Cahill said Thursday night.  "I know it was very difficult, and I want to apologize again for subjecting our guests for that. ... Clearly, we failed in this particular case."

Passengers are being given a full refund for the cruise, transportation expenses and vouchers for another cruise.  Carnival Cruise Lines is also giving each person $500.  Cahill announced the additional compensation on Wednesday.

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Thursday
Feb142013

Disabled Carnival Cruise Ship Arrives at Mobile, Ala., Port

Chris Shivock/U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images(MOBILE, Ala.) -- The ordeal of the disabled Carnival Triumph cruise ship carrying 4,000 passengers and crew appeared to be almost over, with people starting to disembark in Mobile, Ala., after days at sea without power in often squalid conditions.

After the ship arrived at port around 9:30 p.m. local time, Carnival president and CEO Gerry Cahill praised the ship's crew and told reporters that he was headed on board to apologize directly to the passengers.

Passengers appeared to begin disembarking around 10:15 p.m. CT.

The Carnival Triumph departed Galveston, Texas, last Thursday and lost power Sunday after a fire in the engine room disabled the vessel's propulsion system and knocked out most of its power.

After power went out, passengers texted ABC News that sewage was seeping down the walls from burst plumbing pipes, carpets were wet with urine, and food was in short supply. Reports surfaced of elderly passengers running out of critical heart medicine and others on board squabbling over scarce food.

"I know the conditions on board were very poor," Cahill said. "I know it was very difficult, and I want to apologize again for subjecting our guests [to] that. ... Clearly, we failed in this particular case."

It could take up to five hours to get everybody off the huge ship.

"Inside the terminal, there's also warm food available," said Terry Thornton, Carnival's senior vice president of marketing. "There are blankets, there are cell phones and refreshments available for the guests that need that or want that assistance."

Passengers will have the options of boarding buses to Houston or Galveston, Texas, about seven hours away, or New Orleans, about two hours away, officials said.

"We have gotten our guests back to land," Cahill said. "Now, we need to get them home. ... The full resources of Carnival are working from here to get them home as quickly as we possibly can."

The passengers were achingly close to port about noon Thursday as the ship began to enter the channel and proceed to the cruise terminal. At 1 p.m., the lead tow boat had a tow gear break, so a spare tug boat that was on standby had to be sent in to replace it.

But once the second tug was in position and the lines were reset, the towing resumed only briefly before the tow line snapped.

"We had to replace that tow line so the ship did not begin progressing back into the cruise terminal until 2 p.m.," Thornton said.

Alabama State Port Authority Director Jimmy Lyons said that with powerless "dead ships" like the Triumph, it is usually safer to bring them in during daylight hours, but "once they make the initial effort to come into the channel, there's no turning back."

"There are issues regarding coming into the ship channel and docking at night because the ship has no power and there's safety issues there," Richard Tillman of the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau told ABC News.

When asked if the ship could be disembarked in the dark of night, Tillman said, "It is not advised. It would be very unusual."

Thornton denied the rumors that there was a fatality on the ship. He said that there was one illness early on, a dialysis patient, but that passenger was removed from the vessel and transferred to a medical facility.

After eight miserable days at sea, the ship's owners have increased the compensation for what some on board are calling the vacation from hell.

All 3,143 passengers aboard the 900-foot colossus, were already being given a full refund for the cruise, transportation expenses and vouchers for a another cruise. Carnival Cruise Lines is now boosting that offer to include another $500 per person. Cahill announced the additional compensation Wednesday.

"We know it has been a longer journey back than we anticipated at the beginning of the week under very challenging circumstances," he said in a statement. "We are very sorry for what our guests have had to endure. Therefore, in addition to the full refund and future cruise credit already offered, we have decided to provide this additional compensation."

Carnival also said that it has canceled a dozen planned voyages for the Triumph and acknowledged that the crippled ship had been plagued by other mechanical problems in the weeks before an engine-room fire left it powerless in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Thursday
Feb142013

Carnival Cruise Ship Overcomes Towing Breakdowns, Inches Closer to Port

Paul McConnell/U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images(MOBILE, Ala.) -- The agonizingly slow progress of the stricken Carnival Triumph cruise ship carrying 4,000 passengers and crew was further delayed Thursday by problems with the tug boats towing it in, meaning exhausted passengers may not get off the ship until nearly dawn.

The ship is now expected in port between 9:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. CT, according to Carnival. It could take up to five more hours to get everybody off the huge ship.

"There are some limitations. We know that up front," Carnival Cruise Senior Vice President of Marketing Terry Thornton said at a news conference Thursday afternoon. "The ship still does not have power. We only have one functioning elevator aboard."

Thornton said that anyone with special needs and children will be the first to get off the boat. He said the company's number-one priority is to make the process as "quick, efficient and comfortable" for guests as possible.

"We're not anticipating any additional difficulties," he said.

The passengers were achingly close to port about noon Thursday as the ship began to enter the channel and proceed to the cruise terminal. At 1 p.m., the lead tow boat had a tow gear break, so a spare tug boat that was on standby had to be sent in to replace it.

But once the second tug was in position and the lines were reset, the towing resumed only briefly before the tow line snapped.

"We had to replace that tow line so the ship did not begin progressing back into the cruise terminal until 2 p.m.," Thornton said.

Passengers desperate to get off the vessel waved at media helicopters that flew out to film the ship, and passenger Rob Mowlam told ABC News by phone Thursday that most of the passengers on board were "really upbeat and positive."

Nevertheless, when he gets off, Mowlam said, "I will probably flush the toilet 10 times just because I can."

Mowlam, 37, got married on board the Triumph Friday and said he and his wife, Stephanie Stevenson, 27, haven't yet thought of redoing the honeymoon other than to say, "It won't be a cruise."

Alabama State Port Authority Director Jimmy Lyons said that with powerless "dead ships" like the Triumph, it is usually safer to bring them in during daylight hours, but, "once they make the initial effort to come into the channel, there's no turning back."

"There are issues regarding coming into the ship channel and docking at night because the ship has no power and there's safety issues there," Richard Tillman of the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau told ABC News.

When asked if the ship could be disembarked in the dark of night, Tillman said, "It is not advised. It would be very unusual."

Thornton denied the rumors that there was a fatality on the ship. He said that there was one illness early on, a dialysis patient, but that passenger was removed from the vessel and transferred to a medical facility.

The U.S. Coast Guard is assisting now and there are multiple generators on board. And customs officials will board the ship while it is being piloted to port to accelerate the embarkation, officials said.

After eight miserable days at sea, the ship's owners have increased the compensation for what some on board are calling the vacation from hell.

All 3,143 passengers aboard the 900-foot colossus, which stalled in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine room fire early Sunday, were already being given a full refund for the cruise, transportation expenses and vouchers for another cruise. Carnival Cruise Lines is now boosting that offer to include another $500 per person. Gerry Cahill, president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines, announced the additional compensation Wednesday.

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Thursday
Feb142013

As Ship Nears Land, Carnival Cruise Ship's Passengers 'Upbeat'

Chris Shivock/U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The 4,000 passengers and crew aboard the stricken Carnival Triumph cruise ship will disembark after dark Thursday night from the fetid cruiser dubbed "the poop deck" on social media, according to officials.

"It will come in. It will not stop," Alabama State Port Authority Director Jimmy Lyons said at a news conference Thursday. "We're going to do everything we can from our standpoint to ensure that this is as smooth as possible."

He estimated the ship would arrive between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday.

Delighted passengers waved at media helicopters that flew out to film the ship. Passenger Rob Mowlam told ABC News by phone Thursday that most of the passengers on board were "really upbeat and positive."

Nevertheless, when he gets off Mowlam said, "I will probably flush the toilet 10 times just because I can."

Mowlam, 37, got married on board the Triumph on Saturday and said he and his wife, Stephanie Stevenson, 27, haven't yet thought of redoing the honeymoon other than to say, "It won't be a cruise."

Lyons said that with powerless "dead ships" like the Triumph, it is usually safer to bring them in during daylight hours, but, "Once they make the initial effort to come into the channel, there's no turning back."

"There are issues regarding coming into the ship channel and docking at night because the ship has no power and there's safety issues there," Richard Tillman of the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau told ABC News.

When asked if the ship could be disembarked in the dark of night, Tillman said, "It is not advised. It would be very unusual."

Carnival Cruise Senior Vice President of Marketing Terri Thornton, however, insisted during a news conference at the port of Mobile Thursday, "Our understanding is it will be alongside this evening."

Thornton denied the rumors that there was a fatality on the ship. He said that there was one illness early on, a dialysis patient, but that the passenger was removed from the vessel and transferred to a medical facility.

The U.S. Coast Guard is assisting now and there are multiple generators on board. Customs officials will board the ship while it is being piloted to port to accelerate the disembarkation, officials said.

After eight miserable days at sea, the ship's owners have increased the compensation for what some on board are calling the vacation from hell.

All 3,143 passengers aboard the 900 foot colossus, which stalled in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine room fire early Sunday, were already being given a full refund for the cruise, transportation expenses and vouchers for a another cruise. Carnival Cruise Lines is now boosting that offer to include another $500 per person. Gerry Cahill, president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines, announced the additional compensation Wednesday.

"We know it has been a longer journey back than we anticipated at the beginning of the week under very challenging circumstances," he said in a statement. "We are very sorry for what our guests have had to endure. Therefore, in addition to the full refund and future cruise credit already offered, we have decided to provide this additional compensation."

Carnival also said that it has canceled a dozen planned voyages for the Triumph and acknowledged that the crippled ship had been plagued by other mechanical problems in the weeks before an engine-room fire left it powerless in the Gulf of Mexico.

Passengers have been texting ABC News that sewage is seeping down the walls from burst plumbing pipes and the carpets are wet with urine. Food is in short supply and reports have surfaced of elderly passengers running out of critical heart medicine and others on board the ship squabbling over scarce food.

With the ship expected to arrive at the passenger terminal Thursday evening, a phalanx of EMT's are set to triage disembarking passengers.

ABC News flew over the ship providing the first aerial views of the ship which showed curious passengers gathering at the rails, looking up at the ABC News plane. It also seemed from the air that deck chairs had been turned into beds.

"[There are] no showers. The smell's terrible. We are camping on deck," passenger Ann Barlow told ABC News.

Mary Poray, whose 12-year-old daughter Rebekah is traveling on the Triumph, teared up when shown images of the ship's deck.

"I just need to know that she's ok," Poray said. "The worst part was when she said, 'Mommy, I'm afraid I won't ever get to see you again."

Families of those on board say that Carnival is adding insult to the injury they already feel as photos of Carnival's owner Micky Arison are now ricocheting across the web. Arison, who also owns the Miami Heat, was seen sitting courtside at a basketball game on Tuesday as the Triumph crisis unraveled and Cahill was trying to apologize.

"At Carnival, our promise to our guests is to deliver a great vacation experience," Cahill said. "In this case, we did not deliver on that promise."

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Thursday
Feb142013

Nightmare Aboard Crippled Carnival Cruise Ship Continues

Paul McConnell/U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A Texas couple's fantasy wedding quickly turned into a nightmare honeymoon when the fire-damaged Carnival cruise ship carrying them became stranded in the Gulf of Mexico.

Rob Mowlam, 37, and Stephanie Stevenson, 27, of Nederland, Texas, got married on the Carnival Triumph on Saturday.  The four-day cruise was meant to be back to shore on Monday, but was left disabled by an engine fire on Sunday.

The ship is being slowly towed to shore and is expected to dock in Mobile, Ala., on Thursday if weather permits.  The vessel is without air conditioning, many working toilets and some restaurant service.  Passengers, many who are sleeping in tents on deck, have told ABC News the smell on the ship is foul.

That is the honeymoon setting for Mowlam and Stevenson.

"It is an atrocious scene to be subjected to," Mowlam's brother, James Mowlam III, told ABC News.

James said he has not been able to communicate with his brother, but that his father has had sporadic communication with him.

The bride's brother, Justin Davis, told ABC News that his sister works for a doctor's office and the cruise was a gift from the doctor to the staff.

Davis has not been able to speak to Stevenson but said that her two young sons are being cared for by her mother.  He said his sister is tough and he guesses she's probably not scared.

"She might be a little aggravated at the situation, but I'd say she's [probably] handling it really well," he said.

Others on the ship do not seem to be handling the situation so well.

Elderly and disabled passengers aboard the ship are struggling to cope with the worsening conditions, according to at least one passenger.

"Elderly and handicap are struggling, the smell is gross," passenger Ann Barlow text-messaged ABC News.  "Our room is leaking sewage."

The head of Carnival Cruise Lines said the British-U.S.-owned company was working hard to ensure the thousands of passengers stranded on the disabled ship were as comfortable as possible while the vessel was being towed to a port in Alabama.

"I need to apologize to our guests and to our families that have been affected by a very difficult situation," Carnival Cruise Lines president and CEO Gerry Cahill said at a news conference Tuesday evening.

It was the first time since a fire erupted in Triumph's engine room Sunday, knocking out its four engines, that a company representative had spoken publicly.  The cruise ship, with roughly 4,200 people on board, was left bobbing like a 100,000-ton cork for more than 24 hours.  Giant sea-faring tugboats then hooked up to the ship and began towing the nearly 900-foot-long ship to land.

On Wednesday evening, Carnival announced that in addition to giving all passengers on board a full refund and a credit to use on a future cruise, each person would be receiving $500.

"We know it has been a longer journey back than we anticipated at the beginning of the week under very challenging circumstances.  We are very sorry for what our guests have had to endure.  Therefore, in addition to the full refund and future cruise credit already offered, we have decided to provide this additional compensation," Cahill said in a statement.

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Tuesday
Feb122013

Passengers on Crippled Carnival Cruise Ship Describe Dire Conditions

KRTK/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Passengers on the fire-damaged Carnival cruise ship stranded in the Gulf of Mexico have reported worsening conditions, including scarce running water, no air conditioning and long lines for food.

Carnival said original plans to haul the crippled ship to Progreso, Mexico, have been scrapped because the ship has drifted about 90 miles north because of strong currents.  Instead, the Triumph will be towed to Mobile, Ala., and should arrive on Thursday.

For the more than 4,200 people on board, Thursday could not come soon enough.

"Conditions are getting worse by the hour," passenger Debra Rightmire told ABC News in a text message.  "Cabin carpets are wet with urine and water.  Toilets are overflowing inside cabins.  We are having to sleep in the hallways."

Another passenger, Shelly Crosby, told ABC News in a text message that many people are sleeping in tents set up on the ship's deck.

Passengers had limited access to bathrooms, food and hot coffee on Monday.  With lack of power, there's no refrigeration so the stink on board is apparently intense, which is one of the reasons many people are choosing to sleep on the deck.

"We stood in line for four hours to get a hamburger," Crosby texted.

Cellphone reception is just as scarce, coming only when another Carnival ship pulls alongside to drop off supplies.

Carnival has acknowledged the problems, but said there's plenty of food and water aboard and that it is working on the sanitation issue.

"All of our guests are safe, and we're doing everything we can to make them as comfortable as possible," Gerry Cahill, president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines, said in a statement Monday night.

A tug boat reached the Triumph Monday night.  The tug has tied up with the cruise ship, but will wait until Tuesday for the expected arrival of a second tug before towing the cruise ship to port.

The ship, which is 2.5 football fields long and bigger than the Titanic, will then be towed back to shore at the rate of a few miles per hour.

The Triumph has been bobbing in the Gulf of Mexico without propulsion since the fire broke out Sunday morning.  No one was hurt in the fire, but the ship lost power and is relying on a back-up generator.

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Monday
Feb112013

Stranded Carnival Cruise Ship Passengers Without Running Water, Power

KRTK/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The 4,229 passengers aboard a Carnival cruise ship stranded in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine room fire this weekend have only limited running water and power as they await the arrival of a tug boat that will take them to Mexico.

The Carnival Triumph is now a little more than a 100,000-ton cork, bobbing in the Gulf of Mexico without propulsion for the past 24 hours after the fire broke out Sunday morning.  No one was hurt in the fire, but the ship lost power and is relying on a back-up generator as it drifts 477 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas, Carnival said in a statement.

Brent Nutt said that his wife, Bethany, who is on board, called him to say the plumbing wasn't working on the ship.

"She said there's no running water.  They just really got food there to them tonight, and there's no power whatsoever, other than the emergency flasher lights that are on," he said.  "She was crying and hysterical."

At one point Sunday, passengers were reportedly using buckets to relieve themselves.

Carnival told ABC News that many of the toilets are being brought back online, and that there is plenty of food since a sister ship arrived.  The company said that the passengers are not in danger.

Sunday's fire was extinguished by an automated system, but not before it hobbled the ship, according to the Coast Guard.

"All the passengers are staying in the public areas of the vessel on the open decks, because there is no air conditioning," a U.S. Coast Guard representative said.

The Carnival Triumph departed Galveston on Thursday with 3,143 guests and 1,086 crew on board for a Mexican cruise, which was due to return to the port on Monday.

The tugboat will tow the vessel to Progreso, Mexico, which is the closest port to the ship.  The ship is expected to arrive in Progreso Wednesday afternoon and guests will be flown from there back to the United States, Carnival said.

Emergency generators are providing some power and the ship --- which is 2.5 football fields long -- is at the mercy of the sea.  The forecast is for 6-foot seas.  It will take a tugboat three full days to haul it back to land.

Passengers aboard the wayward ship will receive a full refund, Carnival said, and a voucher for a future cruise with Carnival.

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