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The CEO of Carnival apologizes to passengers stranded on a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico and announces plans to get them all home. NEWS 92 FM’s Pattie Shieh reports.

The Carnival Triumph is still at least one day from arriving in Mobile, Ala. The 3,000 plus passengers were supposed to arrive in Galveston on Monday. But a fire in the engine room left the ship without propulsion.

The ship is on backup power, and has no air conditioning. Passengers have complained about toilets not working and limited food. Gerry Cahill, the president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines insists his crew is doing their best to make passengers comfortable and apologized for what’s happened.

“No one here from Carnival is happy about the conditions on board the ship,” Cahill said. “We obviously are very very sorry about what has taken place. There is no question that conditions on board the ship are very challenging.”

Jimmy Mowlam‘s 37-year-old son, Rob from Nederland, Texas got married on board the Triumph Saturday. Mowlam says his son told him by phone there is no running water or ventilation.

“They said up on deck looks like a shanty town with mattresses, bed sheets and almost like tents set up for people trying to find places to sleep,” Mowlam said.

The Triumph is being towed to Mobile, expected to arrive Thursday. Carnival has reserved more than 1,500 hotel rooms in Mobile and New Orleans. Carnival will charter flights to bring the passengers back to Houston on Friday.

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