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Horror on the high seas comes to end

Published On: Feb 14 2013 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 14 2013 10:34:18 PM CST

A four-day luxury cruise turned into squaller for thousands of passengers and crew.

A four-day luxury cruise turned into squaller for thousands of passengers and crew. They were living in downright disgusting conditions with raw sewage streaming down the halls. The Triumph docked around 11 o'clock Thursday after five days in those horrible conditions.

People on the Triumph could see dry land in Mobile, Alabama but it took them awhile to step on solid ground.

People stuck on the Carnival Cruise ship, Triumph just wanted to go home.

"When you get up in the morning the first thing you think about is how many hours till I can go to sleep and get this day behind me and get closer to home," said Larry Poret via cellphone on board the Carnival Triumph.

An engine fire on Sunday didn't injure any passengers or crew, but left the ship adrift at sea in the Gulf of Mexico.

After sleeping in hallways with no air conditioning and no light some were fed up with the deteriorating conditions. Others said it was not that bad.

"Carnival did us right," said passenger Ed Buck, "They fed us pretty well the whole time. Lines were long. The big problem that we had was the bathrooms."

"It is revolting. It is a mixture of sewage, and rotting food depending on where you are on the ship," said passenger Julie Morgan, "And sometimes you found a non-smelly area it will just drift in."

It wasn't just the smell.

"It runs down the walls from one floor to the next," said Poret, "It's like running out of somebody's bathroom into the hallway all the way across and because we're sleeping in the hallway my friend Carmel actually had to change his mattress out for another one because he was laying the raw sewage."

But, Brenda Huey, a Berks County travel agent with Triple-A said people aren't calling to cancel their cruise trips.

"I would hope not," said Huey, "Again an anomaly, an unfortunate situation and I think if people educate themselves on how many miles that the cruise lines have traveled, I think they would see it for what it is."

Rare as it was those on board wanted it to end.

"I love you so much and I can't wait to give you a big hug," said Kim McKerrechan on land to her daughter a passenger, "I miss you."

"I miss you too," said Allie Taylor.