JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Carnival's cruise ship Triumph is being towed from the Gulf of Mexico stateside after an engine room fire left the ship without power and passengers powerless to do anything.
A four-day cruise turned out to be seven-day ordeal, with the ship to reach land in Mobile, Ala., on Thursday.
Passengers and crew that top 4,000 have endured days without toilets and hot food.
"High seas once, that was the worst I ever had," said Peach Brinkely with CruiseMax, who has been on more cruises than she can remember.
Her San Marco cruise office says this is the end of the slow season when it comes to cruises, with the average cost to be on the Triumph for four days in $500 range.
What impact does a crippled cruise ship have on the people eying a cruise?
"Some people it does, most people it doesn't," said Brinkley
"It really doesn't hurt at all. It hasn't hurt me in anyway," said Brinkley, who is busy booking cruises.
Carnival intends to give passengers on the Triumph a free cruise and some cash, plus travel expenses on this end once they arrive back on land.
First Coast News