MOBILE, Al. - The nightmare is finally over for Carnival Triumph passengers who spent five days trapped at sea on-board the crippled cruise ship.
The hoots and hollers of passengers on-board filled the night sky as the fire-damaged cruise ship finally docked at the Alabama Cruise Terminal.
One-by-one, passengers with baggage in-hand started to disembark the vessel during Friday's early morning hours.
They were telling two different stories: gratitude for being home and pure horror at being trapped at sea for such a long time in terrible conditions.
"It was like a hot Porta-Potty pretty much. It was bad. It smelled like Porta-Potty and sweaty people," said Debbie Moyes of Phoenix.
"We'd prefer not to do it again, but they were wonderful. They did everything they could do. Would they do a few things different? Like, quarterbacks might on Monday morning do something different. They were champs," said Erwin Ward of Texas.
Carnival officials estimated that it could take up to five hours to get everyone off the ship.
Once passengers made it on-land, some jumped on buses destined for either Texas or New Orleans, and others were greeted by family and friends who drove to Mobile and waited anxiously for their loved one's safe return.