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With less than 24 hours until the ship's rescue, we've arrived at the clash of corporate PR and onboard disgust in the saga of the Carnival Triumph, now stranded 200 miles south of Mobile, Alabama. The cruise company's boss claims that conditions aren't so bad, even four days after the mid-ocean stall. But reports from some of the 4,000 passengers depict a travel agent's worst nightmare — something like the lawlessness of Somalia but maybe more like a floating Penn Station bathroom. "No one here from Carnival is happy about the conditions onboard the ship," Carnival Cruise President Gerry Cahill is quoted as saying in an AP report today, which adds that Cahill claims the Triumph, which has been running on backup power since Sunday, still has running water, with most of its 23 public restrooms and some of the guest cabin bathrooms working again on Tuesday.
Hmm. That's not quite we're hearing. Here's what the people onboard say they're dealing with:
If weather permits, the passengers aboard the Triumph will (thankfully) be docking in Alabama on Thursday.