FORT MYERS, Fla. - A dream vacation has turned into a living nightmare for Cape Coral resident Dee Tucker and more than 3,000 other passengers aboard a Carnival cruise liner.
According to her fiance, Joe Eckert, he hasn't heard from her for two days, but knows conditions on the ship have gone from bad to worse."
Everyone's getting riled on-board and fights are breaking out over food because there is limited food and long lines for it," he said, "When you have so many people on such a little space like that and you have no sanitary capabilities, that's a great breeding ground for disease and illness and I don't want her to come down with something terrible."
The ship, known as the Triumph, is still a day away from shore, but Carnival says they are doing everything they can to keep passengers comfortable.
"She did say people were out on the deck and sleeping in the hallways and pulling mattresses out, bodies everywhere!" said Eckert.
Last weekend, a fire in the engine room knocked out the Triumph's primary power source, crippled it's water and plumbing systems and left it adrift off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
Now two tug boats are pulling the ship towards Mobile, Alabama, creeping along at only seven miles per hour.
And while Eckert says she's not suffering from sea sickness, she is certainly sick of the sea. "I'm sure it's trying for her, but she can handle stress, she was an ER nurse for 14 years!" he said.
No one was injured in the fire, but the cause is under investigation.
Carnival has announced it will reimburse passengers for the cruise fare and has canceled 14 future sailings of the Triumph through April.
The ship is expected to make it to land Thursday afternoon.