Carnival cruise ship hell continues with passengers told to defecate in plastic bags and urinate in the shower as the stench becomes so overpowering that people fall ill
Conditions causing problems for disabled and elderly passengers on board the Carnival Triumph
Passengers report there is no air conditioning, no diapers for babies, the toilets won't flush and four-hour lines for food
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One passenger reported that 'on deck looks like a shanty town' as passengers slept in the open air to avoid the stench
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Medical staff will be waiting on the docks in Mobile to check passengers
Travelers are using what limited cell phone coverage they have to call their families and are reporting overflowing toilets, unbearable smells and scarce food supplies.
The conditions on the Carnival Triumph are causing particular problems for the elderly and the disabled.
The vessel is crawling towards Mobile, Alabama after becoming stranded in the Gulf of Mexico because of an engine fire.
Ms Kerreghan's friend Mary Poret, whose 12-year-old daughter is also on the boat, said that it had been heartbreaking to say goodbye to her on the phone.
She said that they had driven from their homes in Texas to Alabama so that they could welcome their young daughters home. The women had stocked up on food, and if necessary antibiotics for the girls.
The boat is expected to dock between 2.30pm and 4.30pm on Thursday (ET). Medical staff will be on hand to help any passengers that need treatment but there have so far been no reports of anyone seriously ill.
One passenger, Anne Barlow, sent a text message from on board saying that less able passengers were 'struggling', the smell was 'gross' and her room was leaking sewage.
Some of the people on board reported that cabin carpets are soaked in urine, passengers are sleeping in tents on deck and scarce food supplies that has reduced them to eating cold onion sandwiches.
Vacationers were fighting over food, elderly people running out of medications and formula and diaper supplies were limited for babies, according to some reports.
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So far the passengers have not eaten each other, but we really won't know that until a head count is taken when the stinking hulk reaches port.