Carnival's Triumph Cruise Ship Docks in Alabama

Passengers on the luxury cruise ship who were stranded for days without power are back on land.
2:47 | 02/15/13

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Transcript for Carnival's Triumph Cruise Ship Docks in Alabama
Sam, thank you. We're going to turn to the carnival cruise ship nightmare. It is finally over. After five days drifting without powe the gulf of mexico, "the triumph" docked in mobile, alabama, overnight, with over 4,000 passengers onboard. We're going to talk to several of them live in a moment. First, let's go to abc's matt gutman. Matt, I can only imagine relief when the huge ship behind you hit land. Reporter: Good morning, george. Being so close to "the triumph," you get a sense of the scale involved here and the difficulty in towing this city, floating on the sea, 350 miles in the gulf of mexico. But this morning, it's about thed of theeal. And the people getting off the ship. Those that cheered, who unfurled a banner that read, sweet home alabama. Overnight, the sweet taste of terra firma. Great to be back in america and on land. Reporter: Just before midnight, more than 3,000 passengers stranded for 8 days at sea, began spilling out of the ship. Some angry. It was degrading. Demoralizing. They want to insult us by giving us $500. Reporter: Others, relief. I'm just happy to be alive. Quite an ordeal. But we're here. Reporter: Toby barlow, sprinting to his wife, planting this kiss, hundred of several hundred emotional reunions. This morning, the first images of their hellish journey. The sodden carpets. The wait for food. Gerry cahill personally boarded the ship to apologize. A move that seemed to infuriate people. He said, we know how you feel. No, you don't. You did not go many nights what you were going to eat. What do you do? You can't contact your family. You can't do anything. Reporter: Throughout, carnival has answers only to logistical problems. Why is it -- I'm sorry. He turned his back. Later in the day, in the rush to flee questions, representatives of carnival nearly took out our cameraman and me. But this morning, they have many more questions to answer. They had an engine failure on the cruise before that. Why did they put us on this ship? passengers that I spoke to said that all that darkness actually brought them together. There was bible study, jazzercise. People played trivia. The question this morning, what will happen to this hulking vessel? It's out of commission until april, maybe longer.

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