Crippled cruise ship back in port - WNCT

Update: Crippled cruise ship back in port

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MOBILE, AL -

The long, and sometimes terror filled journey of the Carnival cruise ship Triumph has finally come to an end.

The ship pulled into the port in Mobile, Alabama late Thursday night after a miserable week at sea.

The troubles aboard the Triumph started Sunday when a fire broke out in the engine room. For five days, passengers and crew lived in squalid conditions as the lack of running water forced many to use the restroom in red plastic bags.

Carnival's CEO was at the port to personally welcome back passengers and apologize.

"We pride ourselves on providing our guests with a great vacation experience and clearly, we failed in this particular case," said CEO Gerry Cahill.

Passengers were supposed to get a full refund and discounts on future cruises, and Carnival announced Wednesday they would each get an additional $500 in compensation.

Triumph's next 12 cruises have been canceled while the ship undergoes repairs, and a major cleanup.

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