The Carnival Triumph is now little more than a 100,000-ton cork, bobbing in the Gulf of Mexico without propulsion since the fire broke out Sunday morning. No one was hurt in the fire, but the ship lost power and is relying on a back-up generator.
Brent Nutt said that his wife, Bethany, who is on board, called him to say the plumbing wasn't working on the ship.
"She said there's no running water. They just really got food there to them tonight, and there's no power whatsoever, other than the emergency flasher lights that are on," he said Monday. "She was crying and hysterical."
At one point Sunday, passengers were reportedly using buckets to relieve themselves.
Sunday's fire was extinguished by an automated system, but not before it hobbled the ship, according to the Coast Guard.
The Carnival Triumph departed Galveston Thursday with 3,143 guests and 1,086 crew on board for a Mexican cruise, which was due to return to the port Monday.