Passengers stranded on a cruise ship adrift in the Gulf of Mexico say they must stand in long lines to use working bathrooms and to get hot meals.If you go to a resort hotel and they lose power or have a fire, you can take a cab to either another hotel or to the airport and fly home. Hard to do from a ship.
The messages from passengers on the Carnival Triumph, drifting in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine fire Sunday, came from text messages sent to family and friends. No one was injured in the fire but it left the ship without propulsion.
Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line said some of the public and cabin toilets are not operating and only limited power is available to run elevators and heat food.
They can't just bring another ship alongside and transfer people. Transferring people from one ship to another at sea is so risky that even the Navy doesn't like to do it.