Some passengers who finally escaped the disabled Carnival cruise ship Triumph and left Alabama aboard charter buses suffered yet another setback on their way home when one of the buses broke down Friday.
The ship, named Triumph, part of Carnival's cruise line carrying some 4,200 people and under tow by tugboats docked late Thursday, after an engine-room fire Sunday left it powerless and adrift.
Passengers describe conditions on the ship as disgusting as toilets wouldn't flush. The nightmare vacation came to a close yesterday as crowds of cheering family members met their loved ones as they made their way to land. But for some passengers the road home would lead to more mishaps.
Finally, tug boats were able to bring the ship to a dock in Alabama in Thursday.
When they reached the mainland, many of the passengers flew from New Orleans to Houston early Friday morning and then boarded more buses back to Galveston to retrieve their cars.
Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said passengers had three options: take a bus straight to Galveston, Texas, to retrieve cars parked at the ship's departure port, take a bus to New Orleans to stay at a hotel before a charter flight home or have family or friends pick them up in Mobile.
Forty-five minutes into the ride on Interstate 10, passengers aboard a Charter Bus from Houston to Galveston heard loud pop that forced the bus to pull over. Passengers waited another 45-minutes for the other bus to come and pick them up.