Stricken Carnival cruise ship limping into Alabama
MOBILE, Alabama (REUTERS) - Reeking of raw sewage, a crippled cruise ship carrying more than 4,200 people was limping into Mobile, Alabama, on Thursday as passengers awaited the end of a vacation voyage some described as hellish.
The Carnival Triumph was being towed into port by tugboats as the drama played out live on US cable news stations, creating another public relations nightmare for cruise giant Carnival. Last year, its Costa Concordia luxury ship grounded off the coast of Italy, with 32 people killed.
Passengers described an overpowering stench on board the ship four days after an engine room fire knocked out power and plumbing across most of the 272m vessel and left it adrift in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship, which went into service in 1999, was on a four-day cruise and on its way back from a stop in Cozumel, Mexico.
After the mishap, toilets and drainpipes overflowed, soaking many cabins and interior passages in sewage and turning the vessel into what some have described as a giant Petri dish.