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Midlands couple stuck aboard disabled cruise ship

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Kendall and Trey Love of Irmo are stranded aboard disabled cruise ship (Source: Eddie Love) Kendall and Trey Love of Irmo are stranded aboard disabled cruise ship (Source: Eddie Love)
CAMDEN, SC (WIS) -

About 4,000 people are crossing their fingers as the Carnival cruise ship they're on is being towed back to shore.  A fire on board Sunday left passengers stranded offshore near Mexico.

The ship is expected to reach the port of Mobile, AL sometime Thursday afternoon.

Kendall and Trey Love of Irmo are among the passengers stuck aboard the disabled ship.

The couple flew to Texas, met friends there, and hopped on the ship in Galveston. The cruise was supposed to be a couples-only celebration of Kendall and Trey's birthdays.

Their 6 and 9-year-old kids were left behind with their grandparents.

"It's been planned for some time," said Trey's father, Eddie Love. "They won't forget their 40th birthday."

Passengers say toilets aren't working, they're sleeping on the deck, and food is scarce.

Long says Kendell's mom got a text from the couple Sunday night.

"At that point it was, 'They were ok.  Everybody was fine.  Nobody was hurt.' That was it," said Long.

Since then, they've gotten some official calls from the cruise line, but no calls from the couple.

"Makes you think, 'What is going on?'," said Long. "Isn't there a better way to get them off the ship than waiting for them to be pulled in?"

Love says it was the couple's first cruise and possibly their last.

"All media are reporting refunds, vouchers for another cruise," said Long. "I don't know if I'll ever be wanting to get on a ship anytime soon."

The hope is that the Longs will fly into Columbia Friday and couple time will finally turn back into family time.

"That's gonna be a good day for everyone," said Long. "Especially for their children to see mama and daddy."

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