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Cruise ship stranded at sea after engine fire

Courtesy: CNN

Courtesy: CNN

GULF COAST (CNN) – A cruise ship with more than 4,000 passengers and crew members is being towed back to shore.

The Carnival Triumph was about 150 miles off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula when a fire broke out in the engine room Sunday morning.

The ship’s automatic fire extinguishing system kicked in and got the blaze under control.

However, the fire left the ship without power and without running water.

Officials said a few toilets on board are operational and limited hot food service is available.

The passengers will have to suffer through a couple more days adrift at sea.

Two tugboats will tow the ship back to shore on Wednesday and passengers will be flown back to the U.S. on a chartered aircraft.

Officials said passengers will get a full refund and credit that can be used for future trips and reimbursements for all expenses, except gift shop purchases and casino trips.

The Carnival Triumph’s next two departures have been canceled.

Those guests will get full refunds and discounts toward future cruises.