Mobile, AL -- The first of some 4,000 passengers and crew are starting to come off a cruise ship disabled for days at sea.
People started walking down an enclosed gangway to a terminal in Mobile, Alabama around 11:15 EST. As people started disembarking, others on board started chanting "Let me off, let me off!"
Carnival CEO Gerry Cahill apologized on the public address system to passengers. Buses are standing by to take passengers either on a seven-hour bus ride to the Texas cities of Galveston or Houston or a two-hour trip to New Orleans.
Miserable passengers told stories of overflowing toilets, food shortages, foul odors, and dangerously dark passageways.
As the ship pulled into the dock, passengers lined the decks waving and cheering.