Helicopters have ferried food, phones and flashlights to more than 1,000 passengers and crew stuck aboard a disabled cruise ship being towed to the Seychelles through waters prowled by pirates.
Those aboard the Costa Allegra, a sister ship of the cruise liner that capsized off Italy last month, face more stifling days and nights before the vessel docks in the tropical paradise.
The stricken liner was expected to reach the main Seychelles island of Mahe on Thursday, the Italian cruise operator said.
"The speed of the ship, despite the hot and humid climate, creates a slight breeze that helps make the situation more comfortable," a company statement said.
It said fresh bread would be brought in since cooking was impossible, but added there was "no lack of food and other comfort items".
Fire erupted in the ship's generator room on Monday, knocking out power to its engines, lights and air conditioning. The blaze came just six weeks after the Costa Concordia hit a reef and capsized off Italy, killing 32 people. Both ships are operated by Costa Crociere, which is owned by Florida-based Carnival Corporation.
Cruise officials initially said the stranded travellers would be taken to Desroches, a small, exclusive coral-lined island in the Seychelles, on Wednesday. But they changed the destination to the larger island of Mahe, citing safety and logistical reasons.
Two tugboats joined a French fishing vessel to tow the Costa Allegra, which was being escorted by the Seychelles coastguard ship Andromache and an air force plane. The liner was carrying 413 crew members and 636 passengers, including 212 Italians, 31 Britons and eight Americans. Four passengers were children aged three or younger.
No-one was injured in Monday's fire, but the blaze set the cruise liner adrift at sea in a region where Somali pirates prey on ships.
Italian coastguard officials said emergency generators were keeping the ship's control room illuminated and communications equipment, such as radios, running. The fire disabled its non-emergency phones, so telephones were among the supplies brought in by helicopter.