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Austinite Aboard Cruise Talks About Filthy Conditions
An Austin woman aboard the Carnival Triumph recounts deplorable conditions, long waiting lines and people in tears.
Krystal Womack, 25, tells KEYE TV her first cruise became a nightmare.
"They were handing out poop sacks and poop bags for us to poop in. It was really disgusting," she said.
She says when they found out the engine room fire had crimpled the ship they thought it would be resolved quickly.
"First we were going to be home Tuesday, then we were going to be home Wednesday," Womack said.
Now Thursday, with very few toilets are working, the ship reeks of urine and feces, and sewage has flooded some areas.
Womack texted us photos of people forced to sleep on the deck.
"It looks like a savage camp. These are sheets to keep the sun off of everyone," she said.
As for food, she took video of helicopters dropping of supplies. Even with the help, she says, the lines were unbearable with little to eat.
"When they were first feeding us food it was tomato and onion sandwiches," Womack said, "I broke down I cried a little. I got a little emotional. I just want to be off of this boat."
Fortunately she was one of the lucky ones never having to leave her room because of dire conditions. She tells us she will be reimbursed. As for another cruise? Womack says yes. She couldn't thank the crew enough for making the best of the tragic vacation.
"The people here were great. They made it as great as they could," she said.
Carnival is providing transportation for the 4,100 passengers and crew members. Womack tells us she has people picking her up so she can get to Austin as soon as possible.
By Christie Post