PHOENIX - A newly married Phoenix couple is stuck off the coast of Mexico, after the cruise ship they were on became stranded early Monday.
Daniel and Kendal Gill left Long Beach, Calif. on their honeymoon cruise to Mexico Sunday, mother of the groom, Dawn Gill said. But, a day later, an engine room fire cut the power on the Carnival Cruise Lines ship, resulting in it veering off the coast of Baja, California, the company said in a statement.
"I'm consoling myself with the cruise line telling us that everyone is ok," Dawn said. "I have images of the Titanic and Leo DiCaprio," she joked.
Communication with passengers like Daniel and Kendal has been cut off for days.
Two Mexican tugboats are now towing the ship 150 miles toward Ensenada, the nearest port; passengers will then be taken by bus to California.
Carnival said no one was killed or hurt in the accident that brought the nearly 1,000-foot luxury ship to its knees, but reports show current conditions aboard are no vacation.
Bathrooms stopped working for awhile, the air conditioning cut out, and without electricity to keep the refrigerators running tens of thousands of pounds of food are spoiling and stinking up the ship.
Dawn says she and her husband paid a majority of the cost to send Daniel and Kendal on the cruise.
“We had discussed some other ideas for honeymoon options and this is what they had their hearts set on," she said of the gift.
As for Daniel and Kendal's marriage, some might consider this choppy beginning a signal of more rough seas ahead for the couple, but Dawn disagrees.
"I don't think it’s how you start out, it's how you finish up," Dawn said. "Any couple will tell you that there are going to be trials, there are going to be tribulations; and that should pull you together."
Supplies have been shuttled to the ship to assist the approximately 4,500 passengers and crew members.
Passengers are expected to be back to California by Thursday afternoon.
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