Long lines for food, no air conditioning or lights, iffy toilets - that's the picture being described by David Zambrano, one of the passengers on board the fire-damaged ship. Zambrano managed to regain cell phone service and provide an eyewitness account to a Denver TV station where he works . From 9News:
"It's nothing like anyone expected, no." Zambrano said. "You stand in line for two hours just to get your food because everybody goes to the same place to pick up their food. And, so you stand in line and you wait, the once you get your food, you leave and you look for something to do."
Instead of dining on lavish seafood buffets, passengers have been fed Spam, crab meat and Pop Tarts, which are being ferried to them by U.S. Navy Seahawk helicopters from the USS Ronald Reagan, an aircraft carrier that reached the ship after being diverted from training.
Zambrano and his girlfriend are lucky enough to have a room with a balcony, which has come in handy considering there is no A/C. "People are playing cards. People are standing around just kind of talking. They're getting to socialize," Zambrano said. "It's not what you would expect on a normal cruise, of course not, but it's-they're doing their best." Ship is expected to arrive in San Diego sometime tomorrow.