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Stranded On A Cruise Ship: Evanston Woman Tells Harrowing Story

An Evanston woman was among 3,000 passengers stranded on a cruise ship for four days in the Gulf of Mexico last weekend, the "Chicago Tribune" reports.

A cruise ship celebration turned into a nightmare trip for one Evanston woman, who was stranded along with 3,000 other passengers in the Gulf of Mexico last weekend, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Sandeep Berry, an IT recruiter, and her mother took the trip as a celebration of her mother's 57th birthday, according to the Tribune. But after an engine fire knocked out the power, the Carnival Cruise ship was stranded for four days as rescue crews worked to tow it back to port. It was expected to dock in Mobile, AL, late Thursday night, according to the New York Times.

Berry and other passengers said the ship's lower floors were flooded with sewage, and passengers waited in long lines for a dwindling supply of food, the Tribune reports.

Carnival Cruise lines is offering passengers a refund, $500 and a credit for another trip, according to the New York Times.

Procrustes' Foil February 15, 2013 at 11:08 AM
Credit for another trip??? Why would anyone even want to look at another Carnival Cruise ship? This company is delusional. These passengers should sue the pants off Carnival Cruise Ship Lines.
Lora Swanson February 15, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Why so many cruise ship disasters in the last few years? It's unprecedented. Of course, there was the Titanic. . . Yeah, the whole "credit for a cruise" idea is ridiculous!
lucas February 15, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Since they all made it home safe and sounds. Wouldn't call it a Disaster.
june shellene February 16, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Perhaps this is another indication of the paradigm shift. I've never been attracted to the idea of going on this kind of trip...in a totally artificial environment. Indeed, I think this incident will make many people think twice about how they view their "relaxation" time. Cruise ships are anything but in tune with nature. I believe what we're really trying to do, when we "get away," is to get back to our selves and our connection to the earth and life itself. Cruise ships have nothing to do with nature...so...perhaps this is a wake up call.

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