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Carnival Cruise Ship Still Out At Sea, Conditions Onboard 'Challenging'

This photo, provided by the U.S. Navy, shows Carnival cruise ship Splendor sitting off the coast of California. U.S. Navy/Getty hide caption

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Carnival's 113,000-ton cruise ship, Splendor, has been dead in the water since early morning, when a fire in the engine room left it stranded.

The cruise line announced that tugboats were en route to the scene and that the Coast Guard had sent cutters and aircraft 200 miles south of San Diego, where the vessel is located.

Still, the 3,299 guests and 1,167 crew members can't be very happy. Carnival said air conditioning is off and guests only have access to cold water and cold food.

That much Gerry Cahill, president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines, admitted in a statement.

"Conditions on board the ship are very challenging," he said. "And we sincerely apologize for the discomfort and inconvenience our guests are currently enduring."

The AP adds detail on the rescue effort:

No one was hurt and, by Tuesday, U.S. Navy helicopters were ferrying 70,000 pounds of supplies, including crab meat, croissants, Pop Tarts, Spam and other items, to the stricken ship.

We haven't been able to locate any reports from inside the cruise liner. The Navy did release a photograph of the ship out at sea. (It's at the top of this post.)

UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: NPR's Carrie Kahn says a tug boat has begun towing the Splendor. She reports:

It could take until Wednesday night or possibly Thursday morning before the Carnival cruise ship arrives in the port of Ensenada. From there, busses will transport passengers back to Southern California.