A Carnival cruise ship lost power following an engine room fire that claimed five lives and left thousands of passengers and crew members adrift in the Gulf of Mexico. The fire struck early Sunday, and the passengers will be on the ocean until Wednesday, when they return to U.S. shores.
Until then, they'll have to cope with a lack of running water, sewage containment issues, limited food availability, and of course a lack of power, according to a report by CNN. All passengers aboard the ship, however, are reported safe. Previous passengers aboard the ship noted that the Triumph had experienced propulsion issues during their time aboard, according to NPR.
For its part, the cruise line has offered all passengers full refunds and vouchers good for future travel. Carnival has also issued an apology.
Although mishaps on cruises today don't compare with the disasters aboard pleasure cruises during the 20th century (most famously, the Titanic), cruises in the 21st century seem to face the same laundry list of issues that has plagued seafarers for generations.
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