(CNN) - Ewwwww.
That about sums up how people are describing conditions aboard the Carnival Triumph Tuesday as tug boats slowly dragged the stricken cruise ship toward Alabama - and freedom for its 3,143 passengers.
Some passengers report sewage sloshing around in hallways, flooded rooms and trouble getting enough to eat after a fire in the ship's engine room Sunday left it drifting in the Gulf of Mexico. Passengers have dragged their mattresses onto the ship's open deck to stay cool and get away from the nasty smells inside.
But not all passengers share the same dire view of the situation.
A poster on the cruising forum cruisecritic.com said her sister reported passengers have enough food and are "enjoying the extended vacation."
This morning on "Starting Point," Brent Nutt, whose wife and sisters-in-law are on the Carnival Triumph, talks about his communications with his family and the conditions inside the stranded ship.