MOBILE, Ala. -- The families of passengers on the crippled Carnival Triumph have begun arriving at the dock area where the ship is due later today, eager to whisk their loved ones away from what they say has been a miserable experience.
"It's been a nightmare for me and my wife, and (our experience) is nothing compared to what they are experiencing on the ship," says Rickey Felts, 55, of Houston, who drove seven hours to be here when the vessel arrives.
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Felts' daughter, Ashlie, 27, who is traveling with a friend, had been filled with excitement about the cruise before it departed. But Felts says all that changed on Sunday after the fire broke out.
"She called me up screaming. She said it's horrible," he says."She said they were handing out poop bags, and that was her exact words, and telling them to pee in the showers."
"The room smells like an outhouse, there's no air conditioning, cold water only," Lanier says, holding up his cell phone with the texts. "She says the toilet hasn't worked in three-and-a-half days."