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3. SOUNDBITE: Gerry Cahill, president and CEO, Carnival Cruise Lines
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6. SOUNDBITE: Jimmy Mowlam, Son is on disabled ship (Transcript Below)
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JUST DAYS AFTER AN ENGINE FIRE CRIPPLED THE WATER AND PLUMBING ABOARD A CRUISE SHIP, DISABLING IT, CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES SAYS IT'S DOING ITS BEST TO MAKE PASSENGERS AS COMFORTABLE AS POSSIBLE.
AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TUESDAY, CARNIVAL PRESIDENT GERRY CAHILL SAID THERE ARE WORKING BATHROOMS AND RUNNING WATER ON BOARD.
SOUNDBITE: Gerry Cahill, president and CEO, Carnival Cruise Lines
"Most of the public bathrooms - there's 23? Twenty-three public bathrooms. Most of those are working, not all. And then, there is a good section, I don't know the exact number of guest cabins. I think the forward section - the forward and part of the midship are working also."
BUT JIMMY MOWLAM (MOH'-luhm) TELLS A DIFFERENT STORY. HIS SON ROB IS ON BOARD THE SHIP AND CALLED HIM MONDAY TO SAY WITH NO RUNNING WATER OR VENTILATION IN THE ROOMS, PEOPLE ARE SLEEPING ON THE DECKS.
SOUNDBITE: Jimmy Mowlam, Father of man on disabled ship: They said up on the decks it's like a shanty town, with mattresses with bed sheets, almost like tents set up for people trying to find places to sleep. They said most of the people's spirit's were good, but he said last night they started giving out alcohol and he was kind of concerned things might go downhill after that.
THE CARNIVAL TRIUMPH LEFT GALVESTON LAST THURSDAY FOR A FOUR-DAY CRUISE WITH MORE THAN 4-THOUSAND PASSENGERS AND CREW MEMBERS. BUT SUNDAY, 150 MILES OFF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA, AN ENGINE FIRE BROKE OUT, FORCING THE SHIP TO OPERATE ON BACK-UP POWER, WITH WATER AND PLUMBING DISABLED.
TRIUMPH IS NOW OFF THE U.-S. GULF COAST AND IS EXPECTED TO BE GUIDED TO A PORT IN MOBILE, ALABAMA BY THURSDAY AFTERNOON.
CARNIVAL SAYS ALL PASSENGERS ON BOARD THE STRANDED SHIP WILL BE COMPENSATED WITH A FULL REFUND.
MATT FRIEDMAN/Associated Press