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North Texan stranded on cruise ship in Gulf of Mexico

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More than 60 ships, including three cruise ships full of passengers, are stuck in the port of Houston.

The ship channel is closed because of an oil spill. A barge collided with a ship, spilling 160,000 gallons of oil into the water.

The Coast Guard and contractors are cleaning it up, but for those stuck at port it's frustrating.

"We're just looking at each other saying we're supposed to be on vacation and this is not the kind of thing that's supposed to happen," said Phyllis Malallah from Coppell.

Malallah and eight family members have been on a Princess Cruise Lines ship since Saturday afternoon.

She said the captain told them they'll likely be stuck in Houston until Monday or Tuesday. If it's any later than Tuesday, they won't make it to any other ports.

"It's certainly a letdown. There's no doubt about it. We're supposed to be in Cozumel in the morning and we all have excursions booked. We actually don't even know now if we're even going to leave the cruise ship," she said.

All passengers on Malallah's ship will get a refund and discount for a future cruise.

The damaged barge is owned by a company involved in another accident two weeks ago near the same spot.

The Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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