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MOBILE, Alabama - After days of being stranded at sea, thousands of vacationers are finally back home and appreciating the little things.
Passengers cheered as the Carnival cruise ship Triumph arrived in Mobile.
"I'm ecstatic!" says Adriana Perez of Houston, Texas, "I am so excited, just to be back home and to know that, you know, I can take a shower in a little bit. I can go to the restroom and not have to worry if there is water or not."
Perez was among over 3000 passengers aboard Triumph on Sunday, when a fire in the engine room caused the vessel, the length of 3 football fields, to lose power 150 miles off the coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
"There was a moment where the electricity went out and you could hear the screams of babies and mothers and there was an elderly couple sitting next to me and I could hear them telling each other 'okay remember, I love you, remember I love you'," says Perez. "That was really difficult."
What was supposed to be a 4 day cruise turned into 8 days, as tug boats slowly towed the disabled vessel to Mobile. With limited power, passengers say there were long lines for food and backed up toilets forced them to use plastic bags.
"They were our toilets," says Julie Hair of Lake Charles, Louisiana. "Yes, and then we had to set in the hallway. It taught you a lot of humility."
Carnival chartered 100 buses and 20 planes to help get passengers back home. The company is offering each passenger a full refund for this cruise, $500 in cash and a free cruise in the future for those who are still interested.
"I'd go tomorrow, you fall off a bicycle, you don't never ride it again," says Mike Westwood of San Antonio, Texas. "You fall off a horse you do it, you have an automobile accident you still drive a car."
The Triumph was towed to a shipyard on Mobile Bay where it will undergo repairs and, no doubt, a thorough cleaning. Carnival officials say the vessel will remain out of service through April.
This story continues to develop. We'll bring you the latest over the weekend on FOX17 NEWS, Fox17.com and Facebook.com/FoxNashville.
Friday, February 15 2013, 10:16 PM CST
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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Washington County authorities say a man faked a marriage certificate so he could visit a woman held in the Johnson City Detention Facility.
The Johnson City Press (http://bit.ly/14QBr9L ) reports investigators discovered the ruse after the May 14 visit by 32-year-old Robert S. Hicks of Elizabethton. Hicks was arrested Tuesday on a charge of criminal simulation. He was jailed at the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 bond, pending a court appearance Wednesday.
Information from: Johnson City Press, http://www.johnsoncitypress.com
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