The Coast Guard cutter Vigorous stands by to assist the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico.(Photo: U.S. Coast Guard via AFP/Getty Images)
By JAY REEVES and RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI / Associated Press
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- A cruise ship disabled for days at sea has pulled into the port at Mobile, Ala., but passengers who have described miserable conditions aboard still have hours to wait before they can walk on solid ground.
The Triumph was pulling into port at about 9:15 p.m. Central time Thursday after taking about six grueling hours to be towed from the mouth of Mobile Bay some 30 miles to the port.
Anxious passengers are lining the decks waving, cheering loudly and whistling to those on shore.
Carnival says the 3,000 or so passengers have the option of a seven-hour bus ride to the Texas cities of Galveston or Houston or a two-hour trip to New Orleans. Buses are standing by to take them to their next stop.