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Passengers on board a stricken cruise liner being towed back to port after a fire destroyed its propulsion and communication systems have spoken of their 'nightmare' journey.

The Carnival Splendor has been stranded 55 miles off the coast of Punta San Jacinto for the past three days with 3,299 passengers on board.

A major fire damaged the vessel's engine and left holidaymakers without basic services including hot food, air conditioning and, for some time, working toilets.

Tugboats have been hauling the 952ft liner, dubbed the Spam cruiser after emergency supplies of the tinned meat were flown by helicopter to the vessel, to San Diego for repairs and some passengers on board have managed to get in touch with family.

Lenora Chavez said the ship was beginning to smell and many people on board were seasick.

She told ABC News: 'It smells like a lot of people are throwing up. I can smell that a lot and they have a lot of bags hanging in the corridors - vomit bags.

'And I think the toilets are getting full, so all of those things aren't so great.'

 

Relief: Sailors and ship crew help to unload food and water onboard the stricken cruise liner

Relief: Sailors and ship crew help to unload food and water onboard the stricken cruise liner

 

Stricken: The 952ft vessel was left drifting after a fire badly damaged generators and left it without hot food, air conditioning and working toilets

Stricken: The 952ft vessel was left drifting after a fire badly damaged generators and left it without hot food, air conditioning and working toilets

Essentials: cans of Spam are loaded on to a plane before they are flown to the cruise ship off the coast of Mexico

Essentials: cans of Spam are loaded on to a plane before they are flown to the cruise ship off the coast of Mexico

 

Ordeal: Passengers have spoken about illness and long queues for food on board the Carnival Splendor Ordeal: Passengers have spoken about illness and long queues for food on board the Carnival Splendor

Ordeal: Passengers have spoken about illness and long queues for food on board the Carnival Splendor. Right, a Navy expert climbs on board

 

Drifting: It is unclear what caused the fire in one of the vessel's generator rooms

Drifting:The fire began in one of the vessel's generator rooms and took three hours to put out

David Zambrano told KUSA-TV: 'It's nothing like anyone expected. You stand in line for two hours just to get your food because everybody goes to the same place to pick up their food.

'Then once you get your food, you look for something to do. People are playing cards. People are standing around, just kind of talking. They're getting to socialise.

'So really, all we're doing is just kind of hanging out on a boat waiting for the next mealtime.

'It's almost like a diet cruise because we've been eating salads and fruit and small sandwiches.'

Passengers have been eating Spam, canned crabmeat and Pop-Tarts ferried to the Carnival Splendor by U.S. Navy Seahawk helicopters from the USS Ronald Reagan.

The ship still has no electricity, air conditioning and no hot water, according to passengers.

Greg Alexander, whose girlfriend Angela Evans is on board, said cabins were pitch black.

He told the Detriot Free Press: 'They're fine but worn out emotionally. The first couple days were a nightmare.'

Aid: Sailors on the USS Ronald Reagan take boxes of supplies off a Greyhound logistics aircraft

Aid: Sailors on the USS Ronald Reagan take boxes of supplies off a Greyhound logistics aircraft

 

Supplies: A Sea Hawk helicopter lifts crates of food and water from the deck of the aircraft carrier

Supplies: A Sea Hawk helicopter lifts crates of food and water from the deck of the aircraft carrier

 

Luxury: Guests on board the Carnival Splendor swim in the indoor pool and watch a film on a giant screen (file picture)

Luxury: Guests on board the Carnival Splendor swim in the indoor pool and watch a film on a giant screen (file picture)

The fire broke out early on Monday in the ship's aft engine room and took three hours to bring under control, according to the Coast Guard.

The damage left the ship floating in the water with limited power.

No one was injured in the incident, but crew were unable to get the ship's main generators restarted.

The Carnival Splendor was on a seven-night voyage from Long Beach, California, and included stops at Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico.

Because it was left without power, the vessel is believed to have rolled with the waves more causing passengers to become seasick.

Food supplies had to be flown to the ship after refrigeration systems failed.

Isolated: Gerry Cahill, chief executive of Carnival Cruise lines, said a crankcase in a generator room split, causing the blaze

Isolated: Gerry Cahill, chief executive of Carnival Cruise lines, said a crankcase in a generator room split, causing the blaze

Carnival Cruise Lines president Gerry Cahill said a 'crankcase split, and that's what caused the fire'. He added that it had been isolated to the aft generator room.

'This fire has occurred on one of the newest, most advanced and largest cruise ships in the world,' Peter Knego told USA Today.

'It just shows that any ship can burn - or sink, for that matter - and underscores the importance of good maintenance, up-to-date alarm systems and proper safety protocol.

'By all accounts thus far, it appears the ship's officers and crew have done everything by the book.'





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