Passenger: Carnival Officials Have ‘Been Lying To Us From The Beginning’

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A passenger on the disabled cruise ship slowly headed to shore says conditions on board are terrible, with feces and urine on the floor and cases of food poisoning.

Renee Shanar, of Houston, is on board the Carnival Triumph with her husband. As the ship came into sight of shore Thursday afternoon, she said Carnival told passengers they’re delayed again because of winds and won’t pull in until midnight.

Shanar said passengers have food, but toilets aren’t flushing. She said some people have food poisoning, and older people have fallen and injured themselves.

She said her husband is a heart patient and that they’ve been told they will be among the first to disembark, but she doesn’t believe the officials.

“They’ve been lying to us from the beginning,” she said.

It might not get any easier for passengers as the disabled ship nears port as the CEO of the Alabama State Port Authority says a nighttime arrival of the disabled Carnival Triumph cruise ship could be difficult.

Jimmy Lyons says port officials would prefer that the ship not come into the city during nighttime hours because there are tricky turns and cross currents in Mobile Bay. He described the bay as only 10 feet deep outside the ship channel.

But he says there may be no other choice. The ship is expected Thursday evening. Earlier, officials had reported an afternoon arrival, but a spokesman said the operation was taking longer than anticipated.

Lyons says tying up the ship also will take longer than usual because the winches are inoperable and the thrusters that normally get it in and out of the berths aren’t working, either.

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