MOBILE, Alabama: Passengers who finally escaped the disabled Carnival cruise ship Triumph were checking into hotels early today for a hot shower, fresh-cooked food and sleep, or boarding buses for a long haul home after five numbing days at sea on a powerless ship.
The vacation ship carrying some 4,200 people docked late Thursday in Mobile after a painfully slow approach that took most of the day.
Passengers raucously cheered after days of what they described as overflowing toilets, food shortages and foul odors.
‘Sweet Home Alabama!’ read one of the homemade signs passengers affixed alongside the 14-story ship as many celebrated at deck rails lining several levels of the stricken ship.
The ship’s horn loudly blasted several times as four tugboats pulled the crippled ship to shore at about 9:15 p.m.