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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Not only did they provide kisses to loved ones as they disembarked the disabled Carnival Triumph, but many of the passengers had kisses for the dry land they were ecstatic and thankful to see.
After an ill-fated voyage, setbacks after rescue efforts, poor sanitation conditions and heavy hearts of worry and concern, the passengers of the Carnival Triumph were finally on land, anxious to hug family and friends and make their way home Thursday.
The vacation ship carrying some 4,200 people docked late Thursday in Mobile after a slow and arduous approach to the shore.
The ship lost power in an engine-room fire Sunday some 150 miles off Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. Soon, for many the voyage of a lifetime turned into a nightmare of unspeakable proportions.
Carnival made bus and plane transportation available for the passengers while others were offered hotel stays.
Many passengers reported confusion and anger with the Carnival cruise line while others expressed relief for being on dry land.
Carnival issued an apology to the passengers as well as an offer of $500 and a free cruise of their choice.
Passengers will continue their preparations and journeys home throughout the weekend.