After 5 days, crippled cruise ship docks in Alabama
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A cruise ship disabled for five nightmarish days in the Gulf limped into port under tow with more than 4,000 people aboard, passengers raucously cheering the end to an ocean odyssey they say was marked by overflowing toilets, food shortages and foul odors.
People aboard the stricken, 14-storey Carnival Triumph, lined the deck rails late Thursday as passengers disembarked. About an hour after the ship pulled up at 9.15 pm. All of the passengers had disembarked by about 1.15 a.m. Friday.
It took six grueling hours navigating the roughly 30-mile channel to dock, guided by at least four towboats. Nearly 900 feet in length, it was the largest cruise ship ever to dock at Mobile, Alabama.
Passengers on board in texts and flitting cellphone calls described miserable conditions while at sea, many anxious to walk on solid ground. Up to 100 buses had been reserved to carry passengers.
The ill-fated ship lost power in an engine-room fire on Sunday some 150 miles off of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. It was the end of a cruise that wasn't at all what it should look like in a brochure.
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