In a Feb. 12, 2013 photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, the tugs Resolve Pioneer and Dabhol, left, tow and steer the 893-foot Carnival Triumph cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship is enroute to Mobile, Ala., after an engine room fire on Sunday, Feb. 10 left the ship powerless. Carnival Cruise Lines on Wednesday canceled voyages through April on the Triumph, a ship that has been plagued by mechanical problems .The ship has more than 4,000 people on board, some of whom have told relatives conditions on board the ship are dismal, and they have limited access to food and bathrooms. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Ensign Chris Shivock)The Associated Press
MOBILE, Ala. – A passenger on the disabled Carnival Triumph cruise ships says conditions are "extremely terrible."
Speaking by phone Thursday to NBC's "Today" show, Jamie Baker said there has been no electricity and few working toilets. She compared life on the ship to being in a hurricane evacuation.
Baker says one night, she and her friends slept with their life vests because the ship was listing and they feared it would tip over.
Baker echoed other accounts in which passengers have to use plastic bags to go to the bathroom and wait in line for hours for food. Baker said she once saw a woman pass out while in line.
The cruise ship lost power after an engine fire and is being towed to Mobile, Ala., where it's expected to arrive Thursday afternoon.