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Most cruise ships lack backup systems

When the ship was towed into port, the endless hours for passengers of sleeping on deck and going without electricity and toilets were finally over.

‘‘It was really hell,’’ said Bernice Spreckman, 77, of Yonkers, N.Y. ‘‘I used my life jacket, which was flashing with a little light on it, to find a bathroom.’’

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