Troubled cruise ship set to dock in Alabama

A crippled cruise ship is set to dock in Mobile, Alabama tonight, ending the holiday voyage that some passengers have described as 'hellish'.

Passengers have been stranded on the Triumph, left adrift in the Gulf of Mexico, following an engine room fire which knocked the power and plumbing out across most of the vessel.

The Carnival Triumph towed towards dock in Alabama Credit: Reuters

Passengers have described the overflowing toilets, with the ship's cabins and passages, soaked in raw sewage.

It is estimated it will take around five hours to unload the ship which is carrying 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members.

The National Transportation Safety Board has opened an investigation, after Carnival Cruise Lines acknowledged that the ship had been plagued by other mechanical problems in the weeks before the engine-room blaze.

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Crippled cruise ship docks

A crippled cruise ship has docked in Alabama, ending the holiday voyage that some passengers have described as 'hellish'. Around 4,000 on board were left without plumbing for four days following an engine room fire.