PASSENGERS FINALLY ESCAPED THE DISABLED CARNIVAL CRUISE SHIP TRIUMPH AND WERE ON THE MOVE FRIDAY.
SOME CHECKED INTO HOTELS...
(ramit's material from galveston)
OTHERS JUMPED ON CHARTER FLIGHTS HOME...
WHILE THE REST HOPPED ON BUSES TO THE SHIP'S HOME PORT IN GALVESTON... AFTER 5 PAINFUL DAYS AT SEA.
"I decided to take my 3 boys and their wives on a cruise for Christmas so I don't know if they liked their Christmas present this year or not...
(ugc photo of toilets covered with garbage bags)
42-HUNDRED PEOPLE WERE LEFT TO DEAL WITH OVERFLOWING TOILETS AND FOOD SHORTAGES.
"...there was a stench on the ship for sure but I think most people adjusted pretty well."
(ugc video panning food line)
THIS VIDEO WAS TAKEN BY ANOTHER PASSENGER.
Nat sound: "This is how long the food lines are...
IN ANOTHER VIDEO... SHE JOKES ABOUT EATING TOMATO, CHEESE AND ONION HAMBURGERS WHILE "DINING IN THE DARK".
THE CHAOS STARTED SUNDAY AFTER THE SHIP LOST POWER IN AN ENGINE-ROOM FIRE... WHILE SOME 150 MILES OFF MEXICO'S YUCATAN PENINSULA.
TUG BOATS HAD TO BE SENT TO PUSH THE STRANDED SHIP TO SHORE.
(ugc photo of the makeshift charging station)
THROUGHOUT THE SLOW JOURNEY TO DRY LAND... DOZENS OF PASSENGERS HUDDLED AROUND HOUSEHOLD POWER STRIPS TO CHARGE THEIR CELL PHONES AND TABLETS.
"I think they should have had some sort of plan already in motion that if something like this happened we're going to do this-- A, B, C and D..."
ON FRIDAY... TUGS PULLED THE SHIP AWAY FROM THE DOCK IN MOBILE... TAKING IT TO THE SHIPYARD TO GET REPAIRS STARTED.
IN THE MEANTIME... THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD IS WORKING WITH OTHER AUTHORITIES TO FIGURE OUT WHAT CAUSED THE ENGINE ROOM FIRE.
INFORMATION FROM THE PROBE COULD BE USED TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVING CRUISE SHIP SAFETY.
________________, ASSOCIATED PRESS.