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He said that, in addition to a refund, a cruise credit equal to the amount they paid and $500 in compensation, the cruise line gave the passengers all their photos for free and wiped their bar tabs clear.

Once the ship docked, the Drauts boarded a bus to take them from Mobile to New Orleans — until the bus broke down.

“We just had to laugh at that point,” said Mr. Draut, who had to wait 45 minutes for another bus. “It’s not that I’m just a optimistic, ‘glass half-full’ person. It’s when life gives you the twists and turns that things start to get interesting.”