The Carnival cruise ship Triumph is on its way back to land after a fire in the engines left it stranded since Sunday. The ship is expected to return to Mobile, Alabama on Thursday.
Currently, three tug boats are assisting the ship's return. However, the ship is only moving at seven miles per hour.
The cruise ship has more than 4100 people aboard, with guests and crew members. On Sunday, the ship's engines caught fire while returning to Galveston, Texas. Only a few toilets were working; most of the power and air conditioning was lost, making preparing hot food difficult and forcing guests to sleep on mattresses outside on the decks.
Randall Gaspard's daughter and son in law are aboard. He said he hasn't been able to talk to his daughter Kayla (Robles) much, but when he did she described some of the conditions .
"They're sleeping on the floor, in a theatre area. They are not sleeping in their rooms because the plumbing is overflowed and the stench is really too bad The food is getting very scarce . She had only eaten half of a cheeseburger on Monday night and Eric had to wait in line for three and a half hours to get that."
Several residents in Acadiana have family or friends aboard the ship. One local company, Logic Control Systems said their employee called on Monday to let them know he was stranded.
"We're just worried about him and just praying he's okay, and if and when he will be able to come back to work," said Tressa Richard, Office Manager for LCS.
Babette Romero's daughter, Jennifer, is onboard and says onion and pickle sandwiches have kept them going. Romero said the condition's her daughter described are bad, but she isn't blaming Carnival.
"I know they are doing what they can at this point, to make the most of a bad situation."
Carnival's President and CEO Gerry Cahill issued an apology during a press conference on Tuesday. Carnival has arranged over 100 motor coaches; more than 1,500 New Orleans hotel rooms; and multiple charter flights for guests. Carnival is expected to issue refunds and give vouchers for a free cruise.
"It's my guess that Kayla and Eric will not be on another cruise ship," said Gaspard, whose wife plans to pick Kayla and Eric up in Mobile once it returns to land sometime Thursday. Romero said her daughter will ride home with friends.
Hope Fordoast Guard assists in transporting a generator to Carnival Triumph
NEW ORLEANS — A Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile MH-60 helicopter crew transported approximately 3,000 pounds of equipment, which included a generator and electrical cables, from the offshore supply vessel Lana Rose to the Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph Wednesday afternoon in the Gulf of Mexico.
The generator will be used to help provide additional power to the cruise ship.
The Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous arrived on scene Sunday night and began escorting the Triumph Monday night. The contracted tugs then began towing it toward Mobile, Ala. The Coast Guard will escort the vessel safely into port.
The ship's last known location was approximately 108 nautical miles south of the Port of Mobile Wednesday afternoon.
The Triumph reported a fire in the aft engine room Sunday morning, which was extinguished by the ships fire control system. No injuries were reported.
The Coast Guard stands ready to render any assistance necessary to assure the safety of the passesngers and crew of the Triumph.
Carnival Cruise Lines has established a customer service number at 1-888-290-5095 for more information.