Cruise Ship Nightmare Ends
Crippled Cruise Ship Finally Docks
MOBILE, Ala. -- Carnival Cruise Line says the last passenger of a cruise ship disabled for five nightmarish days in the Gulf of Mexico has left the ship.
The company said in a tweet early Friday, "All guests have now disembarked the Carnival Triumph."
That includes a Green Bay native's family, stranded on the ship for days in squalid conditions. Fran Thompson's wife and sister in law took the cruise as a Christmas gift. Thompson's sister in law is battling stage four cancer. "Stress is something cancer folks can't handle. Not good," said Thompson."
The cruise ship with some 4,200 people aboard docked late Thursday, with passengers raucously cheering the end to an ocean odyssey they say was marked by overflowing toilets, food shortages and foul odors.
About an hour after the ship pulled up at 9:15 p.m. Central, a steady stream of passengers began making their way down the gang plank, some in wheelchairs and others pulling carry-on luggage. Some boarded buses bound for New Orleans or Texas, while others settled into local hotels in Mobile.
The CEO of Carnival apologized to passengers and said his company will give each passenger five hundred dollars a free flight home, a full refund for their trip as well as a credit for another cruise.
"This was my wife's first cruise and I guarantee it will be her last" said Thompson.