Miserable passengers arrived in Mobile, Alabama, Thursday night, and have begun to disembark. It’s the end of a five-day nightmare, after a fire in the engine room turned the Carnival Triumph ship into a “floating Petri dish” with sewage oozing down the walls and floating along the decks. Much of the ship’s electric system went down in the fire, causing the sanitary systems to malfunction—and exposing passengers to raw sewage. Additionally, passengers have reported not getting enough to eat, with waits as long as four hours for food. Carnival said it will issue refunds for the trip and give each passenger $500 in compensation, and the cruise line has canceled all voyages on the troubled ship going forward.
SEWAGE STEAMER Dave Martin/AP