MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A Montgomery man's family is among the 4,000 passengers and crew stranded at sea on a cruise ship. Two tugboats are slowing pulling the 952 foot ship to a harbor in San Diego. The Carnival Splendor lost power Monday after a fire broke out.
Duncan Kirkwood's father, mother, sister and other relatives are all on the cruise ship. His sister had been giving Facebook updates, but it wasn't until Wednesday evening that they could call out.
"Right now, it's going on four days without power and they just had running water and air conditioning," Kirkwood said. "And my dad told me they have to sleep with their door cracked because the only lights are in the hallways."
He said his family is in good spirits, despite the situation.
"Our family goes on a trip every year, and so he goes with a big group of people from his bowling league and his church," Kirkwood said. "So they're trying to make the best of it, because sitting around sulking and being angry isn't going to help anything."
Kirkwood works as Chief of Staff for Montgomery City Councilman Tracy Larkin. He said this is one of the few times he did go on the family's yearly trip.
Kirkwood said Carnival has offered to pay airfare to send people home or pay for a hotel room in San Diego, if travelers want to extend their vacation. Carnival is also refunding money for this cruise and a future one.