(6 p.m. EST) –- With the fire-disabled Carnival Triumph now close enough to land for passengers and crew to get cell signals, the firsthand accounts are finally starting to come in. Reports range from apocalyptic to merely uncomfortable.

Here's a sampling of what Cruise Critic members have heard from their friends and family on Carnival Triumph:

rockportgranny (February 14, 4:37 p.m.) – Just heard from my friend (by text). She said they hope to be in very late tonight and she wants to be home no later than Saturday, but she said she's doing okay. As she said, you know I can do my own thing.

Clinty76 (February 14, 1:43 p.m.) – The "hoarding" of food is accurate. Carnival had to make an announcement for people to stop hoarding food. On a funny note, most people are wearing their robes today because it is so cold and a lot of them have decorated the backs of them. She has seen a couple people with "Ship Happens" colored on their backs. Their phones are not dead because there are random plugs throughout the ship that work. They have power strips plugged into them and they are charging their phones using that.

Clinty76 (February 14, 1:13 p.m.) – I have talked to my wife numerous times today and this is what she said: 1. They did have to wait in line for hours for food. 2. They have been living on bread and fruit. 3. They were sleeping on the deck under sheets made into tents. 4. The crew has been working nonstop to make them comfortable. 5. They use bags for restrooms, but they also found random toilets that were working. They had to wait for that restroom because after every person, the crew had to pour water to get it to flush. 6. There is sewage on the floors. The carpets were squishy. 7. Last night, Carnival made an announcement looking for anyone with [baby] formula.

portalto (February 14, 1:04 p.m.) – My niece talked with her Mom. She said the sanitary issues have them all having tummy issues, which is even worse when you don't have a flushing toilet. Also, they are not even telling the passengers they are being taken to New Orleans when they get off. Communication is not good on the ship and we know more than they do.

LynnA (February 12, 1:09 p.m.) – [Feces] and [urine] rolling across floor with every wave. People sick and throwing up everywhere.

photos-carnival-triumph-cruise-adrift-engine-fire NTFF (February 12, 1:47 a.m.) – My wife is aboard on her first cruise. She and her best friend have a cabin just forward of the center of the ship. She has reported to me through texts, and 2 phone calls she managed to make while the other ships were moving supplies aboard. She tells me she has not heard of or seen any functioning restrooms. She said she not not seen anyone fighting for food, but she had seen that people waiting in very long lines were piling up food and (hoarding) -- taking it to their cabins as if there would be no more. She said the crew was assuring all that there was plenty of food, but many pax were ignoring this. At 16:29 CST she said that 1 of the tugs was in sight. They had been advised that they may not be into port until Friday.

Wmiller86 (February 11, 10:14 p.m.) – I just rec'd a text from my wife - NO POTTIES ARE WORKING! That was all it said.

LynnA (February 11, 4:28 p.m.) – We just got a text from daughter-in-law. She said she was miserable, but no worries.

Dbogusch (February 11, 2:36 p.m.) – Another update from coworker. People are slowly being let into their cabins but its stifling hot below decks. The "hamburgers" being served are meatless. Very limited hot food. Only water to drink.

okiecruzer (February 11, 2:22 p.m.) – They [parents] said there is no power still, no toilets ... no meat. They slept on the deck last night (no tent, just open air) and will probably do so for the next two nights. They said they are doing this by choice –- they booked an inner room without a window. They said there is no coffee or juice, only water. My dad said they were serving "hamburgers." He had one made just of cheese slices and another with only coleslaw, no meat on either. All alcohol service has been cut off.

Wmiller86 (February 11, 2:11 p.m.) – My wife and 3 of her girlfriends are on the Triumph… My wife was able to call me Sunday night for a few minutes while Elation was alongside. My wife told me that it was pretty scary during the fire evacuation ... She said that they were allowed back down into the cabins after awhile, but it is so hot that you cannot sleep down there. So they had set up a makeshift tent over deck loungers to sleep in. At the time I spoke to here, there was no toilets. They were using little red bags. And no running water, no lights, except emergency lighting.

She said it was already pretty miserable. No hot food and no alcohol being served. There was still ice being served in soft drinks. None of the shops were open.

Morehouse14 (February 11, 8:47 a.m.) – I know four people on this cruise, one of which is my wife. I have been in contact with her and the others. The cruise line says they are running on emergency generators ... there are no lights or running water on the ship. Cabins have no power. They have to use bags and/or the shower to go to the bathroom. It is hot with no air moving below deck. They want everyone to stay in the public or open areas of the ship.

jgomila198101 (February 10, 7:07 p.m.) – My sis just called. They have plenty of food; they are all fine, but doesn't look like they will be back until Wednesday night. Said they are still having fun.

Clinty76 (February 10, 6:56 p.m.) – Here is the absolute most current update directly from my wife aboard the ship. "We are about to get supplies from another cruise ship and apparently the tug boats should be here tomorrow around noon. Who knows how long it will take to get back to Galveston. We have no power AT ALL, which means we can't use the toilets, wash our hands or take a shower."
--by the Cruise Critic Editorial Staff