Ooze Cruise

Filthy Conditions on Stranded Cruise Ship

File photo: Carnival Triumph, 1999. (Andy Newman/AP)

The Carnival Cruise line Carnival Triumph, foreground, arrives in Miami Monday, Oct. 18, 1999. The new 2,758-passenger cruise ship is 893 feet long, has a 214-foot spiral waterslide, a 15,000-square-foot health spa as well as 18 bars and lounges. The ship is to begin alternating, week-long Caribbean cruises from the Port of Miami on Saturday, Oct. 23. 1999. (AP Photo/Andy Newman)

Being stuck at sea is the least of the problems for the 3,143 passengers stranded on the Carnival cruise ship drifting off the Gulf of Mexico. An engine fire Sunday left the Carnival Triumph without propulsion, leaving it adrift about 150 miles from the Yucatan coast. Currently there are reports of a shortage of running water, scarce electricity, and a depleting food supply. One passenger reported “sewage running down the walls and floors” and said travelers were being asked to defecate in bags and urinate in showers because toilets weren’t functioning. Food lines exceeded three and a half hours long, and many passengers are sleeping outside to stay cool. Vacation of a lifetime.