After five days of being stranded at sea, passengers finally set foot on land, but was met with another nightmare.
The Carnival Triumph cruise ship docked in Mobile, Alabama at 9:30pm after slowly crawling into port. Hundreds of passengers boarded buses headed for New Orleans, Galveston and Houston.
The passengers endured days without water, heat or working bathrooms. All have not had a hot meal in five days.
The passengers thought they were home free when they boarded the buses. But as luck would have it, one of the buses broke down leaving the passengers stranded once again.
The bus that was headed to New Orleans broke down at 2:30 a.m., but was able to continue on after an hour.
‘The bus literally breaks down,’ passenger Clark Jones told Live at Daybreak. ‘It comes to a stop in the middle of the highway. We have to pull over to the side. It’s dark. All the lights on the bus go out.’
According to Jones, there were mixed reactions amongst the passengers in the bus. Some laughed it off, but others were clearly not pleased.
Hours before that, passengers cheered and sang “Sweet Home Alabama” as the cruise ship slowly crawled its way to the dock.
Some passengers wrote Valentine’s Day messages. But one message said: “The ship’s afloat, so is the sewage.”
The ship was stranded for five days due to an engine fire that killed power to the ship. Passengers tweeted about the conditions they lived through while on board the stranded ship. Many described how there was sewage sloshing down corridors and being asked to go to the bathroom in red plastic ‘biohazard’ bags.
After docking in Mobile, CEO Gerry Cahill once again apologized to passengers who have gone through the ordeal.
‘Clearly we have failed,’ he said. ‘The most important thing for me now is to get on board and to apologize to our guests and that is what I am going to do now.’
The $420 million Carnival Triumph was called the pride of the Carnival fleet. Now it’s a floating toilet.
Check out some of the photos from Carnival Triumph: