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Finally off the boat

7:10 AM, Feb 15, 2013   |    comments
The cruise ship Carnival Triumph is towed during sunset into Mobile Bay near Dauphin Island, Alabama
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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Passengers who were on the crippled Carnival cruise ship Triumph are now heading to their next destinations.

Those not picked up by their families in Mobile, Ala., are either being driven by bus to Galveston, Texas or Houston, or New Orleans.

Many passengers say the engine-room fire that took out the ship's power last weekend resulted in overflowing toilets, food shortages and unpleasant odors. 

Cruise ship passengers happy to be back on land

Passengers on a cruise ship that was disabled for five nightmarish days in the Gulf of Mexico are glad to be back on land after a sea odyssey marked by overflowing toilets, food shortages and foul odors.

Twenty-four-year-old Brittany Ferguson was a passenger on the Carnival Triumph and says it felt good being able to see land and buildings.

Joseph Alvarez says some passengers passed the time by forming a Bible study group that drew about 45 people.

The cruise ship lost power in an engine-room fire Sunday about 150 miles off Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.

Carnival CEO Gerry Cahill apologized at a news conference and later on the public address system as people were disembarking.

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Associated Press

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