A Carnival cruise nightmare for 4,000 passengers has finally come to an end, as the ship — after five days disabled at sea — pulled into a Mobile, Ala., dock late Thursday evening.
“This was my first and my last cruise,” said one passenger, in a USA Today report, who stepped from the ship and promptly kissed the ground.
Passengers had only words of praise for the crew, according to various media reports.
The ship had been stranded at sea in the Gulf of Mexico since Sunday, after a fire in the engine room cut power. Food was scarce, toilets backed up, and passengers described feces and urine on the floors, in various media reports. In the ensuing heat, the odor was horrific, described one passenger, on Fox News.
Carnival will be refunding passengers the cost of the trip, Fox News reports. The cruise line has taken a substantial financial hit; since Monday, company stocks fell 3.7 percent, Fox News said.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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