Crippled cruise docking at Ala. terminal

Carnival Triumph lost power due to fire onboard

MOBILE, Ala. - A cruise ship disabled for days at sea has pulled into the port at Mobile, Ala., but passengers who have described miserable conditions aboard still have hours to wait before they can walk on solid ground.

The Carnival Triumph was pulling into port at about 9:15 p.m. Central time Thursday after taking about six grueling hours to be towed from the mouth of Mobile Bay some 30 miles to the port.

Anxious passengers are lining the decks waving, cheering loudly and whistling to those on shore.

Carnival says the 3,000 or so passengers have the option of a seven-hour bus ride to the Texas cities of Galveston or Houston or a two-hour trip to New Orleans. Buses are standing by to take them to their next stop.

Here are key moments in the Triumph's ill-fated voyage:

-- Feb. 7, 2013: The Triumph departs Galveston for a four-day Caribbean cruise.

-- Feb. 10, 2013: A fire erupts in the ship's engine room, disabling the vessel's propulsion system and knocking out most of its power. It is set adrift 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula.

-- Feb. 11, 2013: Carnival officials say the ship has drifted so far north it will be towed to Mobile, Ala. instead of Progreso, Mexico. Tugboats arrive.

-- Feb. 12, 2013: National Transportation Safety Board announces it has opened an investigation into the engine-room fire.

-- Feb. 13, 2013: Carnival officials announce they have canceled a dozen more scheduled voyages for the Triumph.

-- Feb. 14, 2013: When the ship is within sight of Alabama, the tow gear of one of the tugboats breaks. A new tugboat is secured but once the towing begins, the towline breaks. The line is repaired and the Triumph resumes its journey to Mobile.

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