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ADRIFT Carnival Cruise Ship Stranded After Fire File photo: Carnival Triumph, 1999. (Andy Newman/AP)

Carnival Cruise Ship Stranded After Fire

The good news: your cruise is free. The bad? It won't end for another two days, and the power is out, along with many of the toilets. More than 4,200 passengers and crew are adrift off Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula after an engine fire knocked out power on their Carnival cruise ship Sunday morning. Carnival says many of the toilets are coming back online (passengers had to use buckets on Sunday), but the air conditioning is dead, and some passengers spent the night on deck in tents. A Coast Guard cutter is supposed to pull the ship to Progreso, Mexico—the port nearest to where the boat is stranded—by Wednesday.

February 11, 2013 11:40 AM