WHAT is going on there?? Bags for bathrooms?! walking through sewage?? onion sandwiches?? Gotta wonder how much is disgruntled passengers trying to paint a picture for the media vs what the real story is?
The cruise ship left Galveston, Texas, for a Caribbean tour last week and was scheduled to arrive back there Monday.
That day, her husband phoned, still stranded at sea. The sanitary situation had already begun to deteriorate on board the Triumph.
"He said that the conditions have gotten so bad that they're asking them to use the restroom in bags, and they were eating onion sandwiches," McKerreghan said.
The call was the last she has heard from them.
Much of the ship's electrical power went down in the fire, causing widespread malfunctions, including taking out sanitary systems.
Passengers have reported sewage sloshing around in hallways, flooded rooms and trouble getting enough to eat.
"It's disgusting. It's the worst thing ever," passenger Ann Barlow told CNN.
"From what I understand, they're walking around in a lot of urine and fecal matter, and the sewers are backing up," McKerreghan said. Her doctor gave her antibiotics to give her daughter as soon as she gets on land. A checkup will follow as soon as possible.
Passenger Jet Hilton from Crawfordsville, Indiana, has relied on her sense of humor to get through the ordeal, her sister Jennifer Stanfield told CNN affiliate WTHR.
Four thousand people on a stranded ship can't flush, Hilton jokingly messaged Stanfield to vent about the stench on board.
Carnival has said that most of the Triumph's 23 public restrooms and some others are working. But with the large number of people on board, they will at least have to stand in line.