"It's been just awful – the smell, the cold food, the brown water," Nellie Betts said about reports from her daughter, 34-year-old Nicole Enjoufor of Dallas, Texas, stranded on the giant Carnival ship expected into the Port of Mobile later today.
Betts said her daughter, a registered nurse, was attending a conference on the Cozamel-bound ship when the vessel lost power on the way back to Galveston on Sunday.
Late Thursday, Enjoufor told the Daily Journal she felt like "a prisoner with no bathrooms."
"I'm terrified – I have been crying so much," she said about the experience.
News reports say four tugboats are pushing the massive ship into the Alabama port.
Betts said her daughter told her it's likely to be late tonight before they arrive.
"I don't understand why the company couldn't get another ship to get them home immediately," said Betts, a rehabilitation technologist with North Mississippi Medical Center.
She said she and her husband arrived in Mobile about 5 a.m. and were provided a free overnight stay by the hotel, which they walked to for a cup of coffee.
Until she sees her daughter, Betts said she isn't sure whether Nicole will try to get back to Dallas immediately or get some rest and a hot shower in Mobile.
• Read Friday's Daily Journal for more details.