CNN PRODUCER NOTE Shadi Morieras drove from Houston, Texas, to Mobile, Alabama, Wednesday night after trying to figure out when the Carnival Triumph cruise ship was finally going to dock. He says his wife, Lauren Valastro, and her friend are currently on the cruise ship that lost power for the past few days while out at sea.
Through temporary cell phone reception, he and his wife communicated briefly about the situation on the ship: "She says there is liquid waste propagating the spreading throughout the ship," he said. "I am worried about my wife."
He says he first got word of problems on the ship through an automated phone call from Carnival on Sunday, which stated that there was an electrical fire on the ship, but they were in the process of trying to get systems back online.
"There were times between Sunday and Monday that the automated messages said they restored some sanitation on the ship, but my wife said that wasn't true, and that is really suspicious to me," he said.
He says the way Carnival handled the communications with families during this ordeal makes him distrust the cruise line. It is also one of the main reasons he decided to pick his wife up in Alabama.
"Every time I would call, their call center they would keep postponing the ship's arrival. I wasn't going to take any chances," he said.
He says what was supposed to be a four-day cruise has transformed into a weeklong ordeal. "My wife is missing work. She is actually a lawyer and is working on a lot of cases. Now she and her friend are losing their hours," he said.
Although currently at a hotel, Moreieras says he is eagerly waiting for his wife's arrival. "She asked me to bring shampoo and towels for once she gets off the ship," he said. "She also told me on Monday that she will not step on another cruise ship ever."
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- Jareen, CNN iReport producer