'Sewage' spews from drains aboard Bahamas Celebration cruise ship

A spokesperson said a drainage system overflowed

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. -- Four young women boarded the Bahamas Celebration at the Port of Palm Beach Saturday. It was the beginning of an experience they hoped they would always remember. 

"It will be memorable but not necessarily in a good way," said Mallory Barnett, who lives in Tampa.

The fun lasted, Barnett said, until about 2:15 Sunday morning. That's when Barnett and friends, staying in Cabin 3311, say they heard a 'gurgling' noise coming from their restroom. 

"I walked into the bathroom and the shower drains were overflowing and so was the sink and they were full of sewage water," said Barnett.  "It was brown and disgusting and the smell was unmistakable."

Passenger Tracy Mendoza snapped several photographs showing brown sludge oozing out of each drain, including the sink and the shower.

The passengers said the mystery liquid spread though their cabin's carpet and even spilled out into the hallway.

"It soon became apparent that this was not just water, it was coming literally pouring out of the walls," said Mendoza.

The women ran to the Celebration's front desk for help, then all four bunked in one cabin waiting for a cleanup they said took hours.

A male passenger next door seemed to be dealing with a similar situation. "He was at least ankle deep in the sewage water," said Barnett.

A spokesman for the Bahamas Celebration said the drainage system in the ship's galley, or kitchen, overflowed, impacting passengers in ten cabins.

Spokesman Glenn Ryerson said the passengers affected were taken care of by staff on board. 

Ryerson said his staff is in the process of contacting every passenger that was affected by this incident to offer reimbursement for any damaged items as well as a free cruise. It is unclear how many of the passengers will take the offer.

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