Passengers on stranded Carnival cruise ship forced to rough it

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GULF OF MEXICO – It’s the kind of vacation that makes going back to work exciting.

More than 3100 passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph are being forced to rough it. The boat is said to have sewage sloshing in the hallways, rooms that are flooded and a lot more “stink” than snacks.

It started because of a fire in the engine room. The flames were quickly extinguished, but not before knocking-out the ship’s propulsion 150 miles from Mexico. At this point, the liner is being tugged to Mobile, Alabama at a sluggish 6 knots, or 7 miles an hour. Crews initially planned to dock the Galveston-bound ship in Mexico, but a change of plans will extend the voyage for one day in order to arrive in the United States instead.

Passengers will get full refunds and credit. They should be back on land Thursday.

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