Coast Guard gets first look at disabled cruise ship's engine
(CBS News) For the first time in nearly a week, lights on the Carnival Triumph were on as it sat at a Mobile dock Friday night. And investigators got their first look inside the engine room where a fire caused the loss of power to the ship. Coast Guard Marine Investigator Patrick Cuty described the scene.
With Triumph docked, what comes next?
"The engine from what we saw yesterday appeared to be intact and probably operable, although they were obviously not running it while we were down there," he said. "But they are intact and operable so this fire has a different origin and we just have to determine what that is for our investigation."
Some passengers called it the worst experience of their lives and others said it was their first cruise, and their last. The majority of them wanted nothing more than to get home, and away from the ship that held them hostage at sea for five days.
Passengers' photos show what happened next: sewage overflowing into carpets, guests bedding down in hallways, and making tents on the decks.
Many of the passengers came from Texas, and on Friday, some finally arrived back home.
Carnival rescue bus breaks down while bringing passengers home
Passengers praised the Triumph's crew, but they gave strong criticism to the Carnival executives, despite the company's offer of a full refund and $500 additional per person.
"I don't think it's enough. They better start giving us more. It doesn't even cover people's loss in wages. That's nothing to Carnival. It says a lot to the company themselves," said passenger Leslie Mulberry. "I thought it was kind of brave that the CEO apologized, he made an apology he sounded up somewhat sincere."
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