Gross Cruise Is Finally Over

Ship arrives in Mobile, Alabama

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 15, 2013 2:15 AM CST

(Newser) – After five days smelly days spent disabled at sea, the Carnival Triumph cruise ship has finally docked in Mobile, Alabama, to the delight of passengers who cheered, danced, and sang "Sweet Home Alabama." Hundreds of people awaited the arrival of the biggest cruise ship ever to dock in Mobile. Passengers began exiting the boat an hour after its arrival, the AP reports; all passengers are now off the ship, according to Carnival's Twitter feed, via CNN. CEO Gerry Cahill boarded the Triumph and apologized to departing customers over the PA system.

"I don’t want to hear the word 'cruise' ever again," said one passenger. Added another: "It’s like being locked in a Porta Potty for days. We've lived through two hurricanes, and this is worse." Now, Carnival must brace for a flood of potential lawsuits, though passengers' legal actions are restricted by cruise terms. What does all this mean for the soaring cruise industry? Experts are divided, the New York Times reports. "There are more ships out there, so we are seeing a higher number of incidents like this, and that is not good for the industry," says one. But another says people have simply grown accustomed to cruise-related horror stories in the news.

A passenger displays a message as he rides a bus from the cruise terminal in Mobile, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.
A passenger displays a message as he rides a bus from the cruise terminal in Mobile, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.   (AP Photo/John David Mercer)
The cruise ship Carnival Triumph is towed into Mobile Bay near Dauphin Island, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.
The cruise ship Carnival Triumph is towed into Mobile Bay near Dauphin Island, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.   (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
People watch from their balconies and hold up signs aboard the Carnival Triumph after it was towed to the cruise terminal in Mobile, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.
People watch from their balconies and hold up signs aboard the Carnival Triumph after it was towed to the cruise terminal in Mobile, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.   (AP Photo/John David Mercer)
Passengers of the Carnival Triumph prepare to board buses after docking at the cruise terminal in Mobile, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.
Passengers of the Carnival Triumph prepare to board buses after docking at the cruise terminal in Mobile, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.   (AP Photo/AL.com, Mike Brantley)
James Enmon hugs his aunt Kristi Conn, both of Orange, Texas, after getting off the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in Mobile, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.
James Enmon hugs his aunt Kristi Conn, both of Orange, Texas, after getting off the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in Mobile, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.   (AP Photo/G M Andrews)
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