Sewage running down walls of stranded Carnival cruise ship

Disabled Cruise Ship
In this image released by the U.S. Coast Guard on Feb. 11, 2013, a small boat belonging to the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous patrols near the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico, Feb. 11, 2013. The Carnival Triumph has been floating aimlessly about 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula since a fire erupted in the aft engine room early Sunday, knocking out the ship's propulsion system. No one was injured and the fire was extinguished. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard- Lt. Cmdr. Paul McConnell)

Since Sunday, passengers and crew aboard a Carnival cruise ship that left Galveston, Texas have been stranded in the Gulf of Mexico because an engine fire left the vessel dead in the water. A CNN report indicates that the ship should be towed back to port by Thursday, but that's probably not much consolation for the folks on board basically living in an episode of Lost right now. Things got ugly pretty quickly.

Toby Barlow's wife Ann told him there was "sewage running down the walls and floors" with passengers being asked to defecate in bags and urinate in showers due to a lack of functioning toilets. Food lines ran 3½ hours long and some, like herself, slept outside to keep cool.

"Elderly and handicap(ped people) are struggling," she texted her husband. "The smells are gross."

Ugh. So, we'll all be skipping lunch today.

Brent Nutt said his wife, Bethany -- who is on board, and whom he talked to Sunday -- reported similar problems.

"She said they had no power, no running water, and she said she hadn't been able to eat anything yet. Then you call the Carnival phone number for families, and they tell you that everything is all right," Nutt told CNN.

Since Sunday, running water has been restored to public areas and the cabins. Meals were brought aboard the ship, too, but some people continued to camp out on the deck because the rooms aren't air conditioned.

Carnival's CEO issued a statement Monday night.

"All our guests are safe, and we're doing everything we can to make them as comfortable as possible," Carnival CEO Gerry Cahill said in a statement issued at 8:30 p.m. ET Monday. "We're terribly sorry for the inconvenience, discomfort and frustration our guests are feeling."

The company plans to refund the passengers (obviously), credit them for a future vacation, and fly them home at no cost. You know, unless you consider having to defecate in a bag a personal expense. We don't think they've had to deal with "The Others" yet. No smoke monsters reported, either. [CNN]