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Crippled cruise ship docks at Ala. port; passengers celebrate end of miserable Gulf odyssey

  • Kendall Jenkins, left, of Houston, celebrates with Brittany Ferguson, of Houston, after getting off the Carnival Triumph in Mobile, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. The ship with more than 4,200 passengers and crew members has been idled for nearly a week in the Gulf of Mexico following an engine room fire. (AP Photo/John David Mercer)

    Kendall Jenkins, left, of Houston, celebrates with Brittany Ferguson, of Houston, after getting off the Carnival Triumph in Mobile, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. The ship with more than 4,200 passengers and crew members has been idled for nearly a week in the Gulf of Mexico following an engine room fire. (AP Photo/John David Mercer)  (The Associated Press)

  • A passenger displays a message as he rides a bus from the cruise terminal in Mobile, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.  The cruise ship Carnival Triumph docked in Mobile late Thursday. The ship with more than 4,200 passengers and crew members has been idled for nearly a week in the Gulf of Mexico following an engine room fire. (AP Photo/John David Mercer)

    A passenger displays a message as he rides a bus from the cruise terminal in Mobile, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. The cruise ship Carnival Triumph docked in Mobile late Thursday. The ship with more than 4,200 passengers and crew members has been idled for nearly a week in the Gulf of Mexico following an engine room fire. (AP Photo/John David Mercer)  (The Associated Press)

  • People watch from their balconies aboard the Carnival Triumph after it was towed to the cruise terminal in Mobile, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. The ship with more than 4,200 passengers and crew members idled for nearly a week in the Gulf of Mexico following an engine room fire. (AP Photo/G M Andrews)

    People watch from their balconies aboard the Carnival Triumph after it was towed to the cruise terminal in Mobile, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. The ship with more than 4,200 passengers and crew members idled for nearly a week in the Gulf of Mexico following an engine room fire. (AP Photo/G M Andrews)  (The Associated Press)

The passengers of the Carnival cruise ship Triumph are beginning the process of getting back to normal, checking into hotels for a shower and hot meal or boarding buses bound for other cities after five days at sea on a powerless ship disabled by an engine-room fire.

The cruise ship carrying some 4,200 people finally docked late Thursday in Mobile, Ala., as passengers cheered the end to an odyssey marked by overflowing toilets and food shortages.

"Sweet Home Alabama!" read one of the homemade signs passengers affixed alongside the 14-story ship as many celebrated at deck rails of the ship.

The ship's horn loudly blasted as tugboats pulled it to shore around 9:15 p.m. CST after days on the Gulf of Mexico. About four hours later, the last passenger had disembarked.