Amateur video has revealed how passengers aboard the stricken Costa Allegra cruise ship had to remain on the top deck as temperatures inside the vessel soared after a power failure in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
“It was just a matter of inconvenience, not having enough food, not being able to rest well at night,” said one American passenger, who said the conditions on board were cramped.
“The heat was unbearable, and so we had to spend most of our nights on the top deck.”
One French passenger described how hygiene conditions were “absolutely deplorable”.
“I took some pictures which show the condition of the toilets. We went three days without water and electricity. It’s very difficult to live like this, especially in this heat.”
But other passengers said there was no shortage of drinking water or cold food.
One paid tribute to the crew who they said tried their best to make customers feel comfortable.
More than 1,000 people were on board the cruise ship when a fire in the engine room on Monday caused a power cut.
The ship drifted for several hours before French boats towed it to the Seychelles.