Carpets soaked in urine, sewage running down walls and onion sandwiches for dinner: Passengers reveal dire conditions of US cruise ship stranded in the Caribbean
- Some 4,200 people are stranded on a Carnival cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine fire broke out on Sunday
- Passengers sleeping on the decks because of no air conditioning, the toilets won't flush and four-hour queues for food
- Guests on board have been cheering and waving to sister ships pulling alongside to drop off supplies
- First tugboat has arrived and boat is crawling to shore at the pace of a few miles per hour - expected to reach Mobile, Alabama on Thursday
Passengers on the nightmare Carnival cruise ship stranded in the Gulf of Mexico are using patchy cellphone coverage today to reveal that 'conditions are getting worse by the hour.'
Some of the 4,200 people on board reported that cabin carpets are soaked in urine, passengers are sleeping in tents on deck and scarce food supplies has reduced them to eating cold onion sandwiches.
The ship has been stranded since Sunday after a fire in the engine room crippled the power system.
The first tug boat reached the Carnival Triumph on Monday night and it is being towed to Mobile, Alabama at the rate of a few miles per hour. It is expected to crawl into its destination on Thursday.
Reports say that there are only five working bathrooms for the more than 3,000 passengers on board.
The rest are being asked by the crew aboard the vessel to urinate in cabin showers and defecate in bags.
Ann Barlow told CNN: 'It's disgusting. It's the worst thing ever.'
She told the network that the staff has been helpful, but that is doing little for the putrid conditions, including the unbearable heat and long lines for food and bathrooms.
Another passenger, Debra Rightmire, texted ABC: 'Conditions are getting worse by the hour. Cabin carpets are wet with urine and water.
'Toilets are overflowing in the cabins, we are having to sleep in the hallways. Onion and cucumber sandwiches last night.'
Another Donna Gutzman wrote: 'There's no lights, no water, we can't flush. Some people were able to shower.'
Those on board were only able to make contact with land via their phones when sister ship, the Carnival Legend pulled up alongside to drop off limited supplies on life rafts.
Holidaymakers have been forced to sleep outside as there is no air conditioning in their sweltering cabins.
Some passengers have no options other than bags or buckets for toilets with reports of 'raw sewage running down the walls'.
The news came amid claims that those on the ship have turned into 'savages' and are fighting over food, relatives said.
Passengers are reportedly queuing up to four hours to get a hamburger.
David Raynes, from New Hampshire, is on sister ship the Carnival Legend.
He took a picture of passengers on the Triumph on Monday, lined along the top deck, staring out to sea.
He wrote on Facebook: 'Our ship shuttled supplies to them, which was not an easy task due to the wind and high waves – it was hard for the boat they were using to get up close to the other cruise ship and then back to ours. They made at least two trips.
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