Stranded cruise passengers facing dirty conditions

Disabled Ship
Posted at 6:49 PM, Feb 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-17 14:28:43-04

MIAMI (AP) — The head of Carnival Cruise Lines says his company is working hard to ensure passengers stranded on a disabled cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico are as comfortable as possible while the vessel is towed to port.

Carnival Cruise Lines President and CEO Gerry Cahill said at a news conference Tuesday in Miami that most public restrooms on the ship are working as are some bathrooms in guest cabins. He also said there's running water on the ship.

Cahill's comments are in contrast to what some passengers have told relatives. They described dirty and hot conditions aboard the ship, including overflowing toilets and limited access to food.

The ship was stranded after a weekend engine fire. It's being towed to Mobile, Ala., and is expected to arrive Thursday.